Broadcast Journalism You Say?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I love being in front of a camera. Aside from the fact that it adds the illusion of ten pounds to your already lovely figure...I still love it. I came to a realization that someday I do want to do something in broadcasting journalism.

So, I have some tips for me and for others on how to start a career in the best field ever: broadcast journalism.

Broadcast journalists may work for television news stations or radio stations. Most broadcast journalists will need to have a four year college degree in journalism or a related field.

First things first. Make a demo tape. In addition to your college degree and an awesome resume, a demo tape will help you secure that first job.

Secondly, all the contacts/networking you made throughout your college experience or internships. Broadcast journalism is a competitive field, so the more networking you have, the better.

Next we have research! When you start reporting, it's a great idea to research your topic beforehand so you understand what you're reporting. Researching also helps you develop the right questions to ask in an interview and you end up with a better story.

Story ideas is next on the list. You should become familiar with the community you are involved in and the concerning issues lying within the community. Pitching story ideas will make you a great asset to the news team.

And we all know how much we love pitching stories to Brian..

Develop good interview skills. As a broadcast journalist, you will interview many different types of people, in many different types of situations. You will need good listening skills as well.

Be open to relocation
. Broadcast journalists should be willing to move to different cities to further their career aspirations.

There are many more other tips and tid bits, but these are the main focus points. So far, all you future broadcast journalist aspiring to be an Anderson Cooper, here is your goal plan. See you out there in the real world!

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Erin Gerken March 30, 2011 at 6:38 AM  

I think these are really great tips, especially the first one. You never think about having to make a demo tape, or basically an audition, for a broadcasting job. Also the relocation thing is huge. I know that I personally would love to live in a big city like Chicago, Phoenix, or even London, but if people are not open to living in such large cities it might be harder for them to find a job they want.

Jeremy Dubois March 30, 2011 at 7:34 AM  

I also want to work as a broadcast journalist. I took a public speaking class and I think this is really useful for any student who wants to be a broadcast journalist. Your post gives great advices that I will try to follow.

Zach James March 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

I think networking is the most important of these qualities. The adage of "it's who you know" can go a long ways.

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