Careers/Job Info

At the bottom of the page I have listed places where I have found job listings/postings when I was looking for work or places that former students and friends have told me about. Keep in mind some of these sites are traditionally used by established professionals within a particular industry so a lot of their job postings are looking for veteran professionals. However, eventually entry level positions looking for newly graduated students or current students do pop up from time to time so keep looking. Also notice some of the types of jobs that are out there and the skill sets they are looking for. You should make sure you try to take the necessary classes that will give you the skills you want to learn for those types of positions and get involved with certain student media groups that will help you add some experience and work samples. I highly recommend getting involved with the student newspaper The Northerner and participating in some of their multi-media news efforts or the campus radio station NorseCode radio.  The bullet points on your resume from involvement in these groups will help you to be competitive for internships or employment. There is also a student club called Norse Film Society for students interested in film making.

Advice about some jobs/job preparation I know:

Below I have listed some of the most popular types of  jobs within television broadcasting and the required skills and classes you should take in order to best qualify for these positions. These are also jobs that I have listed because they are jobs that I am familiar with and that fall within my field of expertise which is broadcast television. Other professors who have different fields of expertise can offer you advice on other types of jobs that I don’t have listed. Or, do your own research for a desired job by searching the web. You can find further information about job preparation, necessary skill sets and salary/pay expectations.  (Always be proactive with your career!)

TV News Reporter:

The first thing to know about being a TV reporter is that you will start off in a small market station, in most likely a small town you have never heard of.  Cincinnati is a bigger market.  Your first reporting job won’t be here. The next thing you need to know is that you will most likely have to be a “one-person” band, someone who can shoot video and edit as well as write and report. So while in school you will need to take the classes that teach you how to report and how to shoot and edit video. You will then need to put those skills together and go out and do news packages and then pull your best work to create a resume tape. See the student resume tapes/demo reel page on this website to see what that should look like.  You need to take journalism courses that will teach you how to write, report and news gather and Electronic Media and Broadcasting courses that will teach you how to shoot and edit video.

TV Sports Reporter:

Everything that was stated above for a TV News Reporter applies to this position as well. The only difference is  that you are covering sports, not news. However, you must have a very good historical understanding of all sports (especially the popular ones) and you must understand the game, especially the key turning points.

TV Newscast or Sportscast Producer:

At this position you are basically researching, writing, and arranging news or sports stories within a news or sports show. You will be a behind the scenes person, so you won’t have to worry about being on camera or shooting video. You will need to know the broadcast news writing style as well as a newscast producing software like iNews. If you take my class EMB 310 Newscast production you can learn this software as well as the skills of producing. Your best bet for a first job will be in a small to medium sized market, but it is possible to start in Cincinnati especially if you interned at a local station and currently work there as a production assistant.

Sports photag/cameraperson :

You need to learn how to use a professional camera and edit and then create a resume reel with samples of your abilities to shoot sports highlights. See the student resume tapes/demo reel page on this website for examples of such. You will most likely start off in a small market.

Live TV camera person/production/ technician:

To learn the skills of all the people involved in a live TV show or event, you will need to take EMB 305 Multi-camera production.  You could also learn these studio skills by taking EMB 310 Newscast production. To work in live TV you will start out as what is usually called a “production assistant” position. You can actually acquire these jobs at the local stations while you are still a student. Applying for this position usually only requires listed specific skills learned from the EMB 305 class on your resume. Stations tend to prefer to hire former interns. These production positions start off part time with only a few eventual full-time opportunities.

Director of live TV/events:

Being a director of live TV or live events is most likely not a job you’ll get until after you’ve spent some time as a live TV camera person/production/technician. So read the description above for that position. However, I have had some students direct productions for school districts, minor league baseball teams and stadiums and arenas for universities as their first jobs.

News and or Sports Anchor:

You will not be an on-air anchor until you have spent several years as reporter. However, at a small station in your first reporting job after a certain period of time you may also anchor the weekend news.

Field Camera Operator/Video Editor:

There are positions within local TV stations where you create commercials, or informative videos and/or training videos. (A lot of  times referred to as corporate videos). There are also local video production companies that do this same kind of work. Some of these companies also do music videos for national acts or make national syndicated TV shows. If you want a job in this type of environment you must learn to shoot and edit using professional field equipment. EMB 210 is the best course to learn this skill. But you should also take as many advanced editing and production courses as possible. As well as take advantage of the editing and graphics software that we have in our labs. You need to go out and create stuff and put together a reel or resume tape to show off your creative skills to prospective employers. I highly recommend doing commercials/fake commercials. These show off a lot of your skills (shooting, writing, lighting, audio, editing) in only thirty seconds.

Internships:

My career in the field and most of the people I know working in the field began with internships. I got an internship in the news room at a local station in college and that experience and the professional connections from that experience led to employment in broadcast journalism. When hired to do news at a station that also did other live productions including sports events, I had a desired to do live TV production work. I took a multi-camera production class after I graduated to learn those skills and I did another internship in this area of the field. The internship was with the video board production for the Cincinnati Reds. This experience and connections led to work in live TV productions and live sports productions. So, I highly recommend trying to get an internship related to something you want to do. Internships greatly increase your chance of getting work  within the field.

Professional Jobs outside of the field:

Getting jobs in broadcasting and electronic media are extremely competitive but so to are jobs in other fields such as the sciences, law, accounting, etc. There are many great jobs available outside of the field for four year university graduates. The best place I recommend to go and find jobs outside of the field can be found at NKU’s Career Services Center. The office can also help you prepare your resume, cover letters, etc. Most students don’t actually get jobs within their majors. So, don’t feel like a failure if you don’t. A degree from a four year university is the best thing you can possibly have on your resume. And if you are like me and you have to pay back a giant student loan, don’t let it stress you. I think of it like a car payment that allows me to put the best thing I can put on my resume and it allows me to pursue higher paying work than people who don’t have it. It will eventually give you a return on your investment. And, only a minority of Americans actually have a four year university college degree on their resumes.

TV/Video job links:

ProductionHub.com

Journalism Jobs.com

NAB

RTNDA

TV Business Report.com

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Sports Video Group

Sportscasters Talent Agency of America

Listed below are the links to the job postings sites to some of the major media ownership groups. These groups own most of local radio and television stations. If there is a place you’d like to work for, just go to the bottom of their webpage, find out who owns them, go to their home page and then look for that company’s job page.

Scripps

Raycom Media

Cox Enterprises

Hearst Television

Gannett

iHeartMedia Inc.

Tribune Company

Radio One

Sinclair Broadcast Group

CBS Radio

Cumulus

Hubbard Radio

Below are links to the local TV stations that you can check for internship opportunities and some production work.

WCPO

WKRC

WXIX

WXIX Internship page

WLWT

WSTR

WCET

WOTH/WKRP

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