The good folks at Advancing the Story shared some timely ideas about how journalism students can find that first job.
The list is a good starting point for anyone looking to enter the TV news biz.
I’m going to approach this post by sharing some additional advice from the broadcast news side of things.
Before I do so, I’m assuming that you: 1) Worked as a intern during your college years; 2) You worked your butt off, and made a good impression in the newsroom; 3) If you want to work on air, you produced a resume reel to demo your reporting skills; 4) You joined a professional journalism organization; 5) You have multi-media skills including blogging, shooting, editing, photography, and writing.
So here’s my list:
1. Intern while you’re in school (that means you’ve worked for at least a semester in a newsroom getting hands on experience).
2. Know the basics of how to write a story.
3. Network with news professionals.
4. Join a professional organization.
5. Have a mentor or two.
6. Keep your ears to the ground regarding entry level opportunities.
7. Focus on getting your feet in the door (I worked on the assignment desk before I got my first reporting job).
8. Once you get your feet in the door, do your best and make a good impression even if you’re not working as a reporter (if that’s your goal).
9. Have a strong knowledge of technology including social networks.
10. Don’t get frustrated, or ever give up.
If you’re a news pro, please share your thoughts, and if you’re a student feel free to ask questions.
I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to on air reporting, but if I do, this is what I have to show: