Persistence Pays Off for Olivia Bailey

Posted on: Thursday, March 20th, 2014
by Brent Treash
Bailey has been selected to receive a coveted paid fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS) where she will be working with CBS National News.

Olivia Bailey started her communications career as editor-in-chief of the Emory & Henry College weekly newspaper, the Whitetopper. Her career has taken her from WCYB-TV in Bristol, Va. to the CNN newsroom in Atlanta, Ga. Her next stop will be the largest media market in the United States, New York City.

Most impressively, she’s accomplished all of this while still in college.

Bailey has been selected to receive a coveted paid fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS) where she will be working with CBS National News.

Fifteen students were selected to receive the IRTS Fellowship. The schools represented in this year’s class include Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, M.I.T, and Tufts University.

The professors here have believed in me since before day one Olivia Bailey"

Impressive Career Climb

Often referred to as a “media boot camp,” this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.

“I am a life-long learner,” said Bailey. “This fellowship will give me some grounding for my future plans.”

The program includes an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals during panels, lectures and group discussions. They also take related field trips and attend industry social functions to learn career planning, networking and interviewing skills.

Bailey’s early career climb has been impressive, but she is quick to point out that it was a journey that included significant support from the Emory & Henry College faculty and staff.

Emory & Henry is built upon the strength of the faculty. The professors here have believed in me since before day one,” said Bailey.