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Ben Schwartz and Tyler Corbit on the Newswatch set
Photo Above (l to r): Tyler Corbit and Ben Schwartz on the set of WOUB’s Newswatch

Graduation Brings Jobs and Opportunities for WOUB Students


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Tyler Corbit and Ben Schwartz are taking the next step in their careers 

ATHENS, OH – Two Ohio University students who work in the newsroom at WOUB Public Media have graduated and already know what they’ll be doing next. Tyler Corbit and Ben Schwartz, both news and information majors, participated in the Fall Semester Undergraduate Graduation ceremony over the weekend (Saturday, December 14) and are set to launch their careers.

“I have accepted a television news producing position in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,” said Corbit, who is originally from North Canton, Ohio. “When I interviewed, they told me that they waived the two-years of work experience that they require for most people. I was able to show them the work I did in the newsroom at WOUB, and they felt that it mirrored the work experience of a professional station.”

Corbit has been working at WOUB since fall semester of his freshman year. He started out in sports but moved into producing news and realized news was the place for him.

“I originally thought I wanted to be a sports anchor, but I wasn’t as polished on the air as I thought I would need to be. When I decided to try news, it was because I thought there would be better job opportunities in news, and I wanted to become more well-rounded,” said Corbit. “Then, I fell in love with producing news and the news dynamic.”

Corbit starts his new position on January 8.

Schwartz, who is originally from Chicago, Illinois, has been selected to participate in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau Fellowship program during spring semester 2020. The paid internship will offer Schwartz the opportunity to cover public affairs in Ohio’s capital city. The Statehouse News Bureau fellows’ reporting may be published by any news organization, inside or outside Ohio.

“I’m extremely excited,” said Schwartz. “Since I’ve come to Ohio, I’ve really started to realize how important local politics are and also the importance of the state legislature even compared to the federal government. It impacts people’s daily lives much more. It’s a great privilege, and I’m excited to be doing it.”