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Web Exclusive: How Rod Decker got into journalism & how the industry has changed

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Web Exclusive: How Rod Decker got into journalism & how the industry has changed

(KUTV) Journalism wasn't Rod Decker's first career pick.

"I wanted to be a college professor, but I was a lousy graduate student," he said.

The editor of the Deseret News lived across the street from his mother, and Decker had applied to work there.

"He knew me growing up and of course he said no. But my mother sort of sat on her porch and stared at his front door until he hired me," he recalled.

Decker has seen the TV industry change a lot during his time.

"News is in a big change, and it's changed at Channel 2," he said.

Social media is a big factor in that change. When Decker got into journalism, there were three channels and two public channels.

There was no internet and no cable.

"You could watch one of the three [channels] or you could go to bed," he said.

Every channel was making money, and reporters had it pretty easy.

But now, there is a pressure for TV stations to make money.

"It's hard to make money. It's a hard business, so they have to have discipline, they have to make it work, and that means guys like me have to have discipline," he laughed.

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