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Samantha Brower

Hi! I received a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Media Production.

My advice would be to get a college degree in Journalism/Communication. If you're already in the process of earning a degree, that's great! As a student, I'd strongly encourage you to write for the school paper (if there is one) or find writing work elsewhere in the community. If you offer your services on a volunteer basis, it won't be very hard to find! I was able to get my first job after college at a news station because one of my former co-workers at the school paper was already working there and she put in a good word for me. One of the biggest pieces of knowledge I can pass on is that the field of Journalism and Communication is all about meeting people in the field (or attempting to get into the field) and maintaining relationships with them. You never know who works at a newspaper or TV station that you just sent your resume to. I've never been asked about my GPA but I have been asked about my work at the student newspaper and about the people I know. It's all about absorbing as much information as possible and being willing to do things that might no strike your fancy but will look good to a future employer.

As with most fields, you'll most likely have to start off doing something you don't love (like working the 4 am shift at a news station as an assistant) but as long as you take every opportunity you can to further your skills, you'll eventually get enough experience to climb the ranks.

I wish you the best of luck and hope this helps!

Answered 6 years ago

Samantha Brower