Already a regional Emmy Award winner, former student producer of North County News Zoya Popova is adding yet another notch to her belt.
The former Palomar student came in third place in the Broadcast Educators Association competition, a multinational contest for college broadcast news.
Popova’s productions competed against several national and international four-year universities.
Popova, a Russian native, originally started with a degree in International Economics from Moscow.
“When I moved here I really wanted to go into television production,” Popova said. “I heard about the program at Palomar and became part of it.”
Popova found her stride as the producer for the show.
“Being such an outstanding person, she (produced) several shows,” said Professor and Digital Broadcast Arts Facilities Coordinator Gregg Baker. Baker also oversees North County News.
Each broadcast goes out locally on channel 16 and reaches over 100,000 households in the area.
As producer for the show, Popova determined what stories were featured in the show for the week, tracked the development of the stories and made sure everything ran on time.
“You have to time the show, you have to time each piece (and) you have to kinda know in advance how fast the anchor talks,” Popova said. “You time everything.”
After two years of working with North County News, Popova found herself working for a direct response marketing group called Grand Slam Direct as an editor.
Though she does not have time to take classes currently, Popova does intend to return to Palomar to take graphic design and motion graphics classes in the future.