More stations using solo journalists

More research from RTDNA/Ball State University indicates that television stations are relying on solo journalists to do more newsgathering than ever.   In fact, nearly a third of stations say they use sojos more than they do two-person crews. 

Three years ago, 22.3 percent of surveyed stations said they “mostly use” one-man-bands.  Today, that percentage is up to 31.7 percent.  The stations reporting “some use” of one-man-bands edged up from 26.9 percent to 29 percent this year.  The “not much” usage category slid from 22.3 percent to 21.0 percent, and the “do not use” group dropped just over 10 points from 28.6 percent to 18.3 percent

Working alone requires journalists to have excellent time management skills for one thing, and Advancing the Story has previously posted some advice for getting more done in your day.  We’ve also included some strategies for doing multimedia well from journalists who routinely do it all.

If you’re one of the thousands of recent journalism grads looking for jobs right now, don’t ignore positions with newspapers either; your video skills may help you get work there, too..  Research we’ve conducted found that more than 12% of all print jobs posted require shooting/photography skills.


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