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Getting a Head Start: High School Broadcasting

Gabby Newellby Will Argeros
Experience is key in landing any job, especially in the competitive world of journalism. With record numbers enrolling in journalism schools, it becomes increasingly difficult to stand apart from the crowd.

However, just being different doesn’t cut it anymore. NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas said that there isn’t a whole lot of different to try, you just have to be better.

Students are gaining a competitive advantage now by starting in high school, being part of a morning announcement crew. While it’s a long way from Good Morning America, it’s a great place to start.

Students at high schools across the nation are getting involved in these types of broadcasts and are getting a taste of how sweet the broadcast profession is. (more…)

Is Entertainment News Real Journalism?

by Chris Clabaugh
Entertainment news sources such as E! and TMZ are very popular among the general public and are often a heavy portion of the news diet people receive on a daily basis. However, entertainment journalism is often ridiculed for it’s lack of credibility and seemingly less important news items. Is entertainment news real journalism, and is it hurting the reputation of other sectors of the journalism world?

Let’s look at the first question. Stories that end up being expressed to the public are decided in the newsroom based on each story’s newsworthiness. And a story’s newsworthiness is decided on a multitude of factors: proximity, prominence, unusualness, timeliness, and impact. Local television broadcasts can easily be seen to pass these tests.

For example, reporting a traffic jam during the morning commute. The jam is very close to the city where many people work. It will impact many people’s travel plans, and is very timely to the morning commuters. It is also possible that it is unusual for there to be a traffic jam on this particular road, or the event that caused the traffic jam is unusual. Prominence is most likely not a factor in this example, but it is possible. (more…)

Life After Cronkite

by Mei Prang
After going to school for so many years, finally being out in the “real world” can be a drastic change. Students are used to their routine of going to classes and working at their internship, but once they receive their college degree, what comes next?

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University prepares students interested in the broadcast field with the tools they need for a successful career.

Mike Wong, Director of Career Services, said many students start out with small-market reporting jobs. States in the northwest such as Oregon and Washington provide opportunities for those who want to work on air. Wong said if recent graduates want to stay in a large market, they most likely wouldn’t be working on camera.

Those interested in working in a large market have a better chance of getting a job as a writer or a producer. Although it is more difficult to get a job in a large city such as Phoenix, it is possible. (more…)

Radio, A Professional Sound Off

Radio Boothby Laura Sposato
Radio. We use it to hear our favorite bands. We tune in to see what new gossip is being told. We rely on it during times of disaster and during rush hour. It tells us whether or not we should wear a jacket or sunglasses. We trust it to tell us who won the World Series in explicit detail. Radio even sends us goodies if we can manage to dial in as caller number nine. It is in our cars, set up in the garage, on every alarm clock and heard in almost every store. Radio runs with us.

A videography professor of mine said that unless students had a solid appreciation of radio and sound they have no business touching a video camera. Television relies on the cooperation of pictures and sound, whereas radio can stand alone. It was the original outlet for broadcast reporters, and it must not be buried under the explosion of television reporting. There are broadcasting jobs available in both radio and television. (more…)

Tips for Finding a Job After College

by Darby Fitzgerald
With more students enrolling in journalism programs every day and more jobs in the industry being cut, the competition for college grads is fiercer than ever.  Recent grads are not only competing with other recent grads, but also with industry professionals who are out of work.  It’s important that while you’re in school, you take advantage of the opportunities available like internships or emersion programs offered through your school.  You never know what may come out of an internship or volunteer opportunity.

Mike Wong, the Director of Career Services at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says that it is critically important that students get an internship while in school. (more…)

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