JOB HUNTING ADVICE
It's a question I get all the time: What do journalists need to
know to get hired these days?
"A few tricks," says Nancy Sanders, operations manager
at WIVB-TV in Buffalo, NY. You don't have to be proficient at everything,
she says, but you do need to be tech savvy.
Scott Atkinson, news director at WWNY-TV in Watertown, NY, takes
a different view. He’s in a “starter market,” #177,
according to Nielsen. “If you can think I can teach you
want you need to know,” Atkinson says. “I don’t
care if you have skills when you walk in the door. I think this
is hugely oversold. If you want to work for me, be able to write
Geoff Dankert, assistant news director at WFLD-TV
in Chicago, agrees that the most important skill any journalist
brings to the job is the ability to write.
In the current tough economy, you may not have a lot of choices
for a first job in broadcasting. Maybe you want to work in television.
Should you take a job in radio? And can you even afford to? Many
applicants are shocked by the small salaries being offered for
entry-level jobs in both radio and television. In some markets,
reporters make so little they’re actually eligible for food
After a recent seminar at Syracuse University, CBS radio news
director Tim Scheld told students it’s not that different
from when he started out. He also had some advice about how to
make the most of any opportunities you get.
Robert Scoble of Fast Company
TV says employers want "journalism, plus."
Scoble talked with Alfred Hermida during the 2008 ONA conference,
as did Jim Brady, executive editor of Washington