Commercial broadcast stations
Public television stations
Private production companies
Gain work experience with campus or local television stations. Seek part-time or volunteer opportunities with independent production companies. Participate in drama club – directing, acting or technical crew. Develop excellent writing, reporting and editing skills. Volunteer to announce sporting events on campus or at local high schools. Consider taking courses in political science, economics, sociology or any applicable field for news broadcasting careers. Read trade publications.
National public radio
State or regional networks
Major, medium, and small market stations
Gain campus or local radio experience. Secure internships. Announce sporting events. Host music programming for parties and social events. Coordinate, program, and promote musical events. Gain performance experience through music, drama, or public speaking. Create a demonstration tape to be used as a sample of vocal and speaking talent.
Internet based companies (e.g., Yahoo)
Colleges and universities
Companies specializing in webcasting services and technology
Gain expertise in computer and internet technology. Learn how to design websites. Seek certifications in networking, website design, or related areas.
Television and radio stations
Newspapers and magazines
Internet based companies
Corporate advertising departments
Media (research, marketing)
Specialty advertising firms
Obtain sales experience through part-time work or internships. Volunteer to sell advertising space for campus newspaper, radio, or television station. Take courses in business to increase financial knowledge base. Complete internship with advertising agency or market research firm. Compile portfolio of writing, graphics, and ideas for creative development. Gain knowledge/experience with software and technology applicable to media. Take course in statistics, data interpretation, writing, and advertising.
NON-BROADCAST VIDEO SYSTEMS
Freelance or private video production companies or videographers
Universities and colleges
Obtain entrepreneurial knowledge and experience through starting a small business or taking business courses. Volunteer to do video editing/production for campus videographers or television stations. Gain contacts in the specific industry of interest (e.g. develop relationships with wedding photographers in order to build wedding videography business). Enter video contests. Cultivate artistic talents. Seek internships with post-production or editing companies.
Internships are crucial, if not imperative, for many areas of broadcasting.
Develop excellent technical and computer skills, especially internet proficiency and knowledge.
Seek opportunities for experience in any performance situation such as drama, debate, public speaking, music or athletics in order to demonstrate talent as well as ability to handle pressure.
Demonstrate curiosity, confidence, assertiveness, creativity, initiative, tact, competitive spirit, enthusiasm, persistence, and diplomacy.
Display appropriate talents for public performance and appearance such as sense of humor, verbal and written communication skills, imagination, showmanship and an outgoing personality.
Consider shadowing or informational interviewing as a means through which to gain information, develop contacts, build mentoring relationships, and gain entry into a competitive field.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2003)
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