Nathan Fishell, a junior from Richmond, Va., has been named a summer fellow by the International Radio and Television Society, enabling him to work for a national media outlet in New York City.
His recognition marks the second consecutive year that an E&H student has been awarded this highly competitive fellowship, which attracts applicants from the top communications programs in the country, including programs at Columbia University, Harvard University, the University of Florida, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Fishell will be working with the sales division of Katz Media Group, one of the nation's leading full-service media sales and marketing firms in the nation. A subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, Katz Media Group is based in New York and has 19 regional offices. Today the company represents nearly 4,000 radio stations and 700 television and digital multicast stations. In addition, Katz represents more than 4,000 online publishers across audio, video, display email and mobile channels.
I love talking to people, hearing their stories, and ultimately helping businesses reach their goals through advertising sales. Nathan FishellSummer Fellow, International Radio and Television Society
Fishell, who majors in mass communications as well as public policy and community service, has demonstrated exceptional talent as a communications professional with a special focus in media sales. He worked as a sales intern at WTVR-TV, CBS 6, in Richmond during summer 2014 and has since been included in the station's sales activities over school breaks and as his time has allowed. He learned of the IRTS award while traveling with the WTVR sales team to a Baltimore sales meeting.
“I’ve learned so much from the sales team at WTVR that I will carry with me on this exciting opportunity in the nation’s media hub,” Fishell said. “They keep reminding me to stay humble and put in the time and effort to learn from some of best in the business.”
Last year, E&H graduate Olivia Bailey was one of 15 recipients (from among 1,200 applicants) of the award. Bailey, who now works as a reporter for NBC affiliate WCYB in Bristol, Va., worked for CBS News in New York. In 2005, another graduate of the E&H Mass Communications Department, Sunni Blevins, was a recipient of the fellowship. Blevins went on to serve as a reporter and morning anchor for WWBT News 12 in Richmond.
During the application process, Fishell says he turned to Bailey for advice on ways to make his application stronger. He says Bailey kept reminding him of the advantages he had in the application process because of his well-rounded interests and education.
“Olivia really pushed me during the process,” Fishell said. “Her knowledge of what the selection committee was really looking for in a successful candidate was a big bonus.”
Fishell plans to work this spring in sales for WKPT-TV in Kingsport, Tenn. He also will continue to serve as the host of the sports update for EHC-TV, the college’s television newscast.