Got the interview? Now, get the journalism job

More than 90 percent of journalism and mass communications grads reported getting at least one in-person job interview soon after graduation.  Yet, a little less than 74 percent ended up getting a full or part-time job.  So, what went wrong? News anchor and reporter Byron Brown from WJTV in Jackson, Miss. says there are a …

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How to land a dream job

NBC’s Bob Dotson has what many television reporters consider their dream job. He travels the country, finding and telling engaging stories about “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” In a new edition of his book, American Story, to be released tomorrow, Dotson shares his own story, explaining how he made that job what it is today. …

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TV News: Good news, bad news about audience growth

At Poynter’s Future of News Conference, the Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor said that — once again — the younger they are, the less they watch. …researchers in 2012 asked consumers how many minutes they devoted to taking in the news the day before. While the Silent Generation spent 84 minutes with the news, Boomers …

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How journalists track what’s new in social media tools

Every time you turn around, it seems like there are new social media tools to try out.  From Rebel Mouse to Storyful Multisearch, they just seem to keep coming.  For journalists, it’s important to keep up with what’s going on in the social media space and to do it as efficiently as possible. At Hearst …

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Expectations for digital journalists

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 …

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How TV news jobs have changed

The transformation of the television news business has been so dramatic that “if someone showed up from the year 2000, they wouldn’t know what to make of it,” says WAFB morning anchor Matt Williams. Williams’ day is filled with the usual anchor tasks: writing stories, teases and bumps; hosting a two-hour show; and making public …

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Correspondent talks about coping skills for journalists

Former CBS correspondent Randall Pinkston has covered more than his share of important stories.   Whether it’s the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or the Newtown school shootings, he’s been on the front lines for more than 30 years.  Sometimes, Pinkston says, the emotion gets the best of him. “I struggle with that.  There have been …

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How mobile changes a broadcast reporter’s day

The need for mobile skills among broadcast journalists has gone through the roof.  In research from 2010, just 2% of TV job postings mentioned mobile — by the end of 2012, mobile skills were referenced in about 27% of job ads.  For those who aren’t good at math, that’s about a 1200% increase in two …

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Reality check needed for journalists on social media

Gannett has a new social media policy for journalists, and though it is similar to those established by many other news outlets, it does serve as a reminder that it’s getting harder than ever for journalists to draw the line between their public and private lives. Here are some of the policy specifics that target …

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Getting freelance journalism jobs as a new grad

In case you didn’t know, freelance journalism jobs are not just for grizzled veterans anymore. According to the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communications Graduates, the percentage of those with both full and part-time jobs who also do freelancing is growing.  For the 2012 cohort, 34.7% of full-time employees say they also work freelance …

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