How to earn respect on the job

How to earn respect on the job

You’re hired! Now what? That first full-time job in a newsroom can be an intimidating experience. There’s so much to learn, and most of the veterans are way too busy doing or protecting their own jobs to help a newbie out. But it’s critically important to make a good impression; the reputation you earn early on will follow […]

How to manage your digital reputation

How to manage your digital reputation

Any journalist searching for a new job should be well aware that employers routinely Google potential hires and check them out on Facebook. That’s one good reason to make sure you know what your profile says about you and to clean it up, if necessary. But even if you’re not looking for work, it’s crucial […]

Digital journalism job requirements

Digital journalism job requirements

For all the gloom and doom you hear about the future of the news business, new opportunities seem to pop up all the time. Take the job Holly Edgell has at WCPO, the Scripps-owned television station in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s the “community editor” for WCPO-Digital, a new position that puts her in charge of social […]

Career advice from public radio's Kai Ryssdal

Career advice from public radio’s Kai Ryssdal

He has a memorable name and a prominent job, but public radio’s Kai Ryssdal followed anything but a typical career path on his way to anchoring the daily business program Marketplace. His story proves the truth of his own maxim: “Do what you love.” After eight years in the Navy and four in the Foreign […]

Local TV station goes deeper online

Local TV station goes deeper online

How many local TV stations have reporters whose primary responsibility is the Web? It’s an idea whose has come at WPRI, the LIN-owned station in Providence, R.I., which now has two digital beat reporters, one covering economics and business and the other, politics. “I don’t know of any other television station in the country that […]

Salaries decline in local TV newsrooms

Salaries decline in local TV newsrooms

For the first time in four years, local TV news salaries have taken a dive. The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University survey says pay was down on average by almost 2% in 2012. If you factor in the rate of inflation, real wages were down by about 4%. Just two years ago, TV salaries jumped by more than […]

More TV news means more jobs

More TV news means more jobs

The “more with less” mantra has become so ingrained in TV newsrooms that the latest data may come as a surprise. Yes, once again, local stations set a new record for the amount of news they aired but they also staffed up to do it. On average, stations aired 5 hours and 30 minutes of local […]

From TV news to digital journalism

From TV news to digital journalism

by Holly Edgell When I graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s in newspaper journalism, I had a vague sense that I might like to dabble in broadcasting as well. I’d done a radio internship and really liked it. I was not overly excited about newspapers. The message from professors, career counselors and recruiters was uniform: […]

The best local TV news stations to work for?

The best local TV news stations to work for?

News directors from around the country say Hearst Television deserves “the prize for best overall news” based solely on reputation. That’s according to a TVNewsCheck survey. The station group garnered 29.9%, or 23 of the 77 votes cast. A clear second was Belo at 16.9% with 13. Scripps, Cox and Raycom followed with seven, six and five […]

Working on holidays doesn't have to be a pain

Working on holidays doesn’t have to be a pain

We’ve all been there–hard at work while everyone else, it seems, has the day off. Or the week off. For journalists, being on the job instead of with family at holiday time goes with the territory. And it doesn’t have to be all bad. Making the best of things takes preparation, says Matthew Nordin of WMBF […]

Tweeting an online job application

Tweeting an online job application

You already know that prospective employers are looking for journalists with social media skills. The Statesman-Journal in Salem, Oregon, certainly is. Executive Editor Bill Church recently advertised an opening for a “talented reporter with high digital IQ.” If you’re talented, aggressive, responsible, innovative, socially adept, digitally awesome and perpetually energized, you’ll fit in just fine […]

Advice on working from home

Advice on working from home

Remember when the home office meant your company’s headquarters? Many journalists never set foot in the home office, working instead from a local station, broadcast center or news bureau. But today, “home office” has an entirely different meaning for legions of journalists who freelance, work for Web outlets or run their own news sites. Working […]

Local TV news bounces back

Local TV news bounces back

After two grim years, the state of local television news is much improved, thank you. That’s the bottom line of the chapter I wrote for this year’s State of the News Media report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, released today. The good news is most obvious on the revenue side but there are […]

New multimedia journalism textbook

New multimedia journalism textbook

Forgive me for tooting my own horn, but I’m pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of my book, Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World, co-authored with Deb Wenger. It’s available now from CQ Press or Amazon, and we hope you’ll check it out. What’s different this time around? The new […]

How not to get a job

How not to get a job

by Bob Witten What do employers look for when you apply for a job? Or put another way, what can you do to ensure you don’t get the job? Plenty, according to news directors at a recent conference sponsored by the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Here’s some useful advice along with a few cautionary tales. […]