Alumni Profile: Paria Sadighi

AGE: 29 

HIGH SCHOOL: North Hollywood (Calif.) High.  

YEAR GRADUATED UO: 2008 

DEGREE: Electronic Media from the School of Journalism and Communication.

NOTABLE SCHOLARSHIPS: Won the National Broadcast Society  Award for best Magazine Program which I produced, wrote, filmed and was the master editor on for Oregon Extra.

CURRENT JOB: Development and Digital Media Producer at Kinetic Content

HOW I GOT WHERE I AM TODAY: Right out of college I was offered a job at ABC Network News in the Western Bureau. I began as a Desk Assistant and soon after was sent out to produce live shots for all of the platforms and worked as the evening and weekend Assignment Editor. My last year at ABC I decided to make a huge career move to work in reality TV at a start-up production company. I began as a Development Assistant at Kinetic Content and was quickly promoted. Working in development, I shoot and produce our sizzle reels, I head up our social media department and I oversee all things digital within the company. I helped create the first app for our ABC show "The Taste" and am overseeing the launch of our company's first YouTube channel.

WHAT I DO FOR FUN: I'm an avid college football fan — if the Ducks; are playing, I am watching and screaming at the top of my lungs. I love to hike and any chance I get to catch a sunset, I do.

FAVORITE PROFESSOR: Hands down the woman who shaped my college career and now my professional career is Rebecca Force. She had an open-door policy that I found to be so helpful as an out-of-state student living far away from my mom and my god mom. I could go to Rebecca for anything and she always had sound advice about all things journalism and life related. Rebecca didn't mince words and I needed that. If my school work began to suffer or she felt I wasn't giving 300 percent of myself she called me out and inspired me to do more.

WHAT I LEARNED: The School of Journalism and Communication taught me to shoot, edit, light, produce, write and interview — all skill sets I've taken into every job I've held. I probably would not be where I am today if not for the UO and I truly mean that. The university exposed me to things that I'd never have access to otherwise. 

BEING A DUCK: Means giving everything I have to everything I do. I look at each year like a football season — I strive to reach the National Championship at the end of every year because nothing else matters. But I also must Win the Day and focus on my projects from a week to week standpoint. There's not much I'm more proud of than being a Duck.

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