Broadcast Journalism allows you to have the option to report on-camera or work behind the scenes. As Chicago is the number three market, a lot of success stories come from students that work in smaller markets to develop more experience and their reel, get an agent (for an anchor or reporter) and work their way into bigger markets. It is important to have a current reel as well.
What it Takes
- Your job search arsenal includes business cards, an online portfolio, resume, and reels/examples of your work.
- Save everything. For broadcast, make sure you save every single piece you have done. Make a reel, too!
- Experience is crucial. Prove yourself doing freelance writing, reporting and internships, and it will lead to other offers.
- Network. Nearly all hiring/offers for work come through relationships.
Sample Job Titles
Associate Video Producer
Motion Design Artist
Multicast Operations Manager
Sports Video Journalist
Social Media Writer
Traffic and Sales Coordinator
Web and Social Media Manager
Chicago Area Resources
Illinois Broadcasters Association - IBA is the leading advocate for the broadcast industry in Illinois and is engaged in shaping public policy to create a positive legislative and regulatory environment for its members.
Chicago Headline Club - Provides support and networking for area journalists, reporters, editors, photographers, news executives, educators and students.
FOIA Illinois - Illinois Freedom of Information Act Information
Community Media Workshop – Provides training, events, networking and workshops for people working in Media.
Association for Women Journalists – Promotes the respectful treatment of women by the news media.
Society of Professional Journalists – Illinois Chapter – Dedicated to Free Press for journalists.
Journalism Career Guide – General information about careers in journalism.
State of the Media – Through the Pew Research Center, an overview of the state of media in America.