Looking for an exciting and fast paced career in the media industry that will allow you to flex your creative muscle? If so, then you should consider pursuing a position in broadcast journalism. Broadly speaking, broadcast journalists are people who report on topics that may be of interest to a group of people. More specifically, broadcast journalists can choose between a variety of mediums (television, print, Internet, etc.) and niches (news anchoring, professional blogging, sports reporting, fashion correspondence, social media management, etc.). Want to know how you can get your foot in the door of this field? Here are some tips for how to start your career in broadcast journalism:
Get an education. This is a great starting point for a number of reasons. First off, it will be hard to find even entry-level employment in your chosen field if you don’t have some formal training. Second, educational institutions provide students with myriad opportunities to gain experience. Third, because broadcast journalism is so multifaceted, it is important that you find a niche; a well-rounded education will show you what’s available to you, and will as well help you assess your strengths and interests so you can find your niche. Explore the variety of educational options for those interested in broadcast journalism to find what’s right for you and your goals. This may be anything from a certificate program at a trade school to a Masters degree at a university.
Gain experience. The best way to hone your broadcast journalism skills is to gain hands-on experience. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do that, as long as you are resourceful. If you are enrolled in a formal training program, then your school is the first place to look for opportunities. Consider writing for the school paper, contributing to the school’s art publication, participating in an internship program, or assisting the communications department with broadcasts. If you’re not a student, you can contribute articles to your local newspaper, develop your own blog, post videos to your own Youtube channel, practice your presentation skills by joining a club like Toastmasters, and maintain a strong social media presence.
Apply for jobs within your specialty. You don’t have to get it right the first time, either. Just choose an area of interest and go for it. Most broadcast journalists switch jobs and niches several times before they settle into something that sticks. The point is to put your education and experience toward employment that can help you move up to the next rung of the ladder.
Broadcast journalism can be a very rewarding career with endless opportunities to advance upward and outward. Follow these steps to get started on this exciting path.
About the Author: Blossom Camble has always been fascinated by communications and journalism and is currently in broadcasting school. She works for a small news office and is focused on obtaining services for pbx from ringcentral.com to enhance the workflow.