Dave Brill is a multimedia professor, chair of the Media Entertainment Arts Department and oversees College of the Canyons’ Cougar News, the college’s award-winning multimedia news platform. It includes a broadcast partnership with SCV-TV through which students create broadcast news shows as well the news website cougarnews.com.
A COC instructor since 1998, Brill has been on one side of a camera or the other for more than two decades. After attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado, his career allowed him to do field reporting, anchoring, photography, producing and editing in several markets. Today, in addition to teaching full-time at COC, he continues to work as a sports producer for KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
He began his career as a broadcast journalist working as a sports anchor at an ABC affiliate in Scottsbluff, Neb. After stints in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Rapid City, South Dakota, he found himself back in California. A chance meeting years earlier with Steven Bochco, a producer and writer who was behind award-winning shows like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, opened a new door for Brill: he became a post-production assistant on the television show “Byrds of Paradise.” The network canceled the short-lived show, but not before he got a good taste of a different aspect of television production.
Brill draws from all of his experiences in front of the camera and behind the scenes to guide and encourage his students. Since he continues to freelance for KABC, his skills and understanding of rapidly changing technology remain current.
“Not only does my work with KABC allow me to stay up-to-date with the industry, but it helps me connect students with internships and other opportunities in television news,” he noted. “Many university level professors haven’t worked in the industry for years, which means they may not know what aspects of news production have changed.”
In addition to teaching students the technical skills of good reporting, including both Associated Press and broadcast-style writing, Brill is honest about the tenacity required to break-through in the industry. “Those who really want to work in broadcast news must be open to seizing opportunities that come their way, flexible in considering various aspects of the industry, and understand that there is no guarantee they’ll move from a small market to a bigger one…and most young journalists start in a small market.”
When not in front of a classroom or behind the camera, Dave can be found with his wife, Mindy, and kids, Kyle and Anna.