Date

3-2015

Degree Name

BS in Journalism

Department

Journalism Department

Advisor(s)

Dan Eller, Patti Piburn

Abstract

Broadcast journalists are experiencing turbulence in their field of expertise due to increasing digitalization and decreased funding. It is becoming commonplace for reporters to work as one-man-bands, or “multimedia journalists,” shooting and editing their own video in addition to writing and reporting. For people looking to begin a career in the highly competitive broadcast news industry, there is a great deal of information to understand and consider prior to beginning the job search. Creating a dynamic resume reel is central to landing a job as an on-air reporter. However, with the development of digital-first and multimedia journalism, there are certain techniques one must demonstrate in their reel to convince a news director that he/she can work as an excellent reporter. This study analyzes new trends and demands of television reporters in hopes of discovering fresh ideas about creating an impressive reel and launching a career in television news. The information collected in this study provides recommendations prospective broadcast journalists may implement in an effort to stand out to news directors and media professionals in our constantly evolving media landscape.