Getting a TV news job: Don’t blow the interview

You may have heard the expression, “Kidding on the side,” which loosely means humor with more than a grain of truth.  That’s what you’ll find in this “text-to-movie” segment about a witless reporter candidate created on

These text animation services may also be a good tool for some online stortyelling.   For eample, it might be useful for a consumer reporter to create a movie that illustrates what questions you should ask before buying a new computer or a health reporter might create a demo on how to get the most out of a visit to the doctor.

With xtranomalcom,  you can choose from a variety of settings and actors, you can create custom camera angles or use pre-defined shots.  You can link to or embed the movie you create on your own website.

Now, if you are lucky enough to have a TV job interview ahead of you, the message from this video is be realistic!

  • Yes, some people do get jobs in major markets, right out of school, but most start work in small newsrooms.
  • They also start with small salaries.  According to one annual survey, the average annual pay for a TV news reporter is about $24,000 a year.
  • It’s not very likely that your first job will involve anchoring, but it is likely it will involve shooting and editing your own stories.

If you’re not scared yet, do your research on the news director and the newsroom — and good luck!