Contributed By: Chynnah Tomlin and Katrina Garnes
Women are increasingly making their mark on television. Almost every day, we are blessed to see a woman of color in the spotlight for her contributions to television. For Midwest native Amicia Ramsey, the work is never done.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Ramsey is a television journalist at WTOK–TV in Mississippi. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in journalism, which was expressed in her various school activities, including her contributions to her school yearbook.
After some wise words of advice from someone in the industry during the recession, Amicia decided to take a turn toward television journalism. She then began her career as a general assignment reporter in Columbia, South Carolina.
Today, a normal day starts with interviews and collecting content, follow
ed by some editing work, and then live broadcasting for the evening. However, Amicia notes that the most important part of every day is actually being proactive, and preparing for the assignments for the following day. She claims that her biggest challenges would ultimately be the constant need to improve, be competitive, and stay on top of her game. Although you will sometimes feel, you must learn to except failure in the process, and continue to move forward.
In light of the new year, Ramsey asserts that she doesn’t have New Year’s resolutions, as every day should be an opportunity to improve yourself. “I’m always making adjustments 365 days out of the year,” she says. “It’s a day by day process.”
As self-branding is one of the most important aspects of the Amicia’s job, she says that it’s essential to always put your best foot forward when it comes to social media presence. The same presence that you have in person you should also have online. As social media should only be an extension of yourself, Ramsey makes it a point to remind people that social media does not equal validation. While it is easy to compare yourself to someone else’s reality, it isn’t in your best interest to seek instant gratification from social media.
Although television journalism is not a glamorous job, it is clear that Ramsey thoroughly enjoys what she does. What’s next for her? She hopes that the next step would be entering into a larger market, but as long as she can focus on nurturing and honing her skills and continuing to grow, she will be happy. You can catch her weekly field reports covering a variety of stories in East Misssissippi and West Alabama.