5 Important Tips From Broadcast News Professionals

Trying to enter the competitive field of broadcasting and looking for a one-up? Well you’ve certainly come to the right post! After all, knowledge is power!
Each tip listed here comes from a different lecture given at The College of New Jersey.

1. “The industry is always evolving, but the one constant seems to be that they keep asking you to do more with less and as one person” – Lauren Wanko, Correspondent, NJTV News.

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Lauren Wanko @LaurenWankoNJTV

Nowadays, if you want to become an anchor, you should be as knowledgeable and experienced behind the camera as you are in front of it. Take an editing class! Know how to be a “one-person band!”

2. “It takes 25 years to build your reputation and 25 seconds to wreck it.” – Dianne Doctor, Vice President/Station manager, WWOR TV. @diannedoctor

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Brian Williams

There was an article published in the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1ETY563) about how Brian Williams, former anchor of NBC Nightly News ranked as the 23rd-most-trusted person in the country, before he apologized for exaggerating an account of a forced helicopter landing during the Iraq war. A week after apologizing, he ranked no. 835.

3. This is an industry that is unforgiving for people who can’t balance life and professionalism.” – Bob Mauro, Former CBS Vice President of Network Operations.

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Bob Mauro

 

At any moment you can get a call from your station telling you to high-tail it over there. Next thing you know, you’re driving at 3:34am soon to be devouring a pot of coffee and planning your coverage.

4. “Follow the ABCs of writing for broadcasting.” – Neal Slotkin, Senior Producer at Comcast SportsNet.

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Neal Slotkin @NSlotkin10

Accuracy – Be truthful! Double-check your facts!
Brevity – Be short. Be brief. Try to tell your story in as few words as possible.
Clarity – Is your story clear and understandable? Does it have a beginning, middle and end? People shouldn’t be guessing at what you were trying to say.

5. If you are writing for time, it’s three words a second. If you want your script to be twenty seconds, write sixty words.” – Steve Stone, Video Editor at WPIX11

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Steve Stone

‘Nuff said.

Bonus Tip: “Intern! Intern! Intern!” – Every Industry Professional Ever.

It will only get harder from here on out, but hopefully these 5 tips will help make things easier!

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