Tim Olson

Tim Olson

VP Digital Media and Education


KQED

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Loved learning.
But I had a philosophy degree.
So I got an entry level job at a learning organization I admired.
Then I kept applying for better jobs inside that org.
Then I landed with a good boss who encouraged me.
Then I suggested we could do more online.
And they said, OK kid, give it a try.
And I have never stopped.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Philosophy
North Park University

Career

VP Digital Media and Education

I run the Interactive and Education teams at a public media station.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Radio
Television
Working with Others

Day to Day

Lots of planning conversations with others. Both inside my organization and outside.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Social media. Video and/or audio editing. Using online tools for journalism (e.g. fusion tables, WordPress, ...)

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find some area you can be an authority in, and grow that skill or area. With news/media companies today, there is both an expectation of multimedia skills, and specialty area. For example, someone decent at writing, social media, reporting, and a special interest in X (e.g. education technology).

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You should have a degree in a specific professional area."