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REPORTER-VIDEOGRAPHER: It's Easier Now To Tell Your Story With The Tools And Technology That Are Available

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Don, a Reporter/Videographer, talks about what it's like working in the television news business. He shares what a typical day is like for him, his career path from photographer to reporter and he provides advice for those interested in working as television news reporters.

Job Title: Reporter/Videographer

Job Summary: Digital Journalist

Job Description

Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 8 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Flexible, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Travel, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Artistic, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Networking, People skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='12100'>headlines</span> <span m='12590'>are</span> <span m='12640'>going.</span> </p><p><span m='13200'>And</span> <span m='13360'>I'm</span> <span m='14010'>California-centric,</span> <span m='15030'>but</span> <span m='15260'>you</span> <span m='15380'>never</span> <span m='15600'>know,</span> <span m='15750'>something</span> <span m='16160'>across</span> <span m='16530'>the</span> <span m='16590'>country</span> <span m='17190'>could</span> <span m='17370'>trigger</span> <span m='17870'>something</span> <span m='18330'>here</span> <span m='18560'>locally,</span> <span m='19530'>which</span> <span m='19690'>might</span> <span m='20020'>be</span> <span m='20180'>important</span> <span m='20610'>to</span> <span m='20650'>go</span> <span m='20800'>cover.</span> <span m='21490'>Or it</span> <span m='21680'>might</span> <span m='21850'>be</span> <span m='21960'>interesting,</span> <span m='22250'>or</span> <span m='22560'>b</span> <span m='23420'>visually</span> <span m='23990'>interesting,</span> <span m='24430'>if</span> <span m='24560'>not</span> <span m='25130'>news-wise.</span> <span m='26300'>So</span> <span m='26350'>you</span> <span m='26450'>just</span> <span m='26730'>kind</span> <span m='26980'>of</span> <span m='27030'>go</span> <span m='27180'>about</span> <span m='27550'>doing that</span> <span m='27690'>kind of</span> <span m='28070'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='28310'>The</span> <span m='28480'>real</span> <span m='28640'>quick</span> <span m='28880'>summary</span> <span m='29490'>is</span> <span m='29660'>that</span> <span m='29870'>I was</span> <span m='29980'>a</span> <span m='30030'>photographer</span> <span m='30750'>for</span> <span m='31030'>over</span> <span m='31250'>20</span> <span m='31590'>years.</span> <span m='32470'>And</span> <span m='32759'>then</span> <span m='32990'>I</span> <span m='33020'>went</span> <span m='33370'>to</span> <span m='34340'>a</span> <span m='34650'>very</span> <span m='34870'>large</span> <span m='35210'>company,</span> <span m='35880'>and</span> <span m='36010'>they</span> <span m='36100'>kept</span> <span m='36290'>asking</span> <span m='36560'>me</span> <span m='36660'>if</span> <span m='36780'>I</span> <span m='36850'>wanted</span> <span m='37040'>to</span> <span m='37100'>come</span> <span m='37390'>on</span> <span m='37570'>the air,</span> <span m='37840'>and</span> <span m='37920'>I kinda</span> <span m='38600'>avoided</span> <span m='39000'>that.</span> <span m='39480'>And</span> <span m='39610'>then</span> <span m='39760'>a</span> <span m='39800'>few</span> <span m='39980'>years</span> <span m='40290'>ago,</span> <span m='40550'>the</span> <span m='40650'>technology</span> <span m='41420'>changed</span> <span m='42070'>where</span> <span m='42270'>became</span> <span m='42680'>actually</span> <span m='43110'>feasible</span> <span m='44140'>to</span> <span m='44270'>do</span> <span m='44470'>this</span> <span m='44740'>as</span> <span m='44870'>a</span> <span m='44930'>one-man</span> <span m='45710'>band.</span> </p><p><span m='46480'>Now,</span> <span m='47000'>that</span> <span m='47230'>has</span> <span m='47580'>limitations,</span> <span m='48610'>and</span> <span m='48800'>those</span> <span m='49050'>are</span> <span m='49120'>known</span> <span m='49540'>limitations.</span> <span m='50270'>Sometimes</span> <span m='50610'>we</span> <span m='50830'>exceed</span> <span m='51110'>those,</span> <span m='51510'>and</span> <span m='51780'>they want to</span> <span m='52040'>do</span> <span m='52170'>something</span> <span m='52440'>else.</span> <span m='52750'>But</span> <span m='53350'>the</span> <span m='53460'>fact</span> <span m='53780'>of the</span> <span m='53910'>matter</span> <span m='54260'>is</span> <span m='54440'>that</span> <span m='54660'>it's</span> <span m='54920'>easier</span> <span m='55380'>now</span> <span m='56200'>to</span> <span m='56280'>tell</span> <span m='56540'>your</span> <span m='56710'>story</span> <span m='56990'>with</span> <span m='57120'>the</span> <span m='57190'>tools</span> <span m='57560'>that are</span> <span m='57680'>available</span> <span m='58110'>and the</span> <span m='58190'>technology.</span> <span m='59180'>So</span> <span m='59420'>as that</span> <span m='59600'>came</span> <span m='59930'>round,</span> <span m='60630'>I</span> <span m='60870'>started</span> <span m='61260'>wanting</span> <span m='61470'>to</span> <span m='61590'>do</span> <span m='61740'>all</span> <span m='61900'>my</span> <span m='62030'>own</span> <span m='62180'>stores,</span> <span m='63100'>write</span> <span m='63380'>my own</span> <span m='63770'>scripts.</span> <span m='64870'>And</span> <span m='65170'>so,</span> <span m='65640'>I</span> <span m='65870'>have.</span> </p><p><span m='66750'>You</span> <span m='67180'>first</span> <span m='67550'>have</span> <span m='67730'>to</span> <span m='67830'>have</span> <span m='68390'>a</span> <span m='68490'>keen</span> <span m='69210'>interest</span> <span m='69850'>in</span> <span m='70180'>people,</span> <span m='70740'>and</span> <span m='70850'>a</span> <span m='70960'>curiosity</span> <span m='71800'>about</span> <span m='72130'>everything</span> <span m='72610'>around</span> <span m='72670'>you.</span> <span m='73830'>And</span> <span m='73950'>then</span> <span m='74600'>once</span> <span m='74870'>you</span> <span m='74980'>have</span> <span m='75210'>that</span> <span m='75410'>kind</span> <span m='75560'>of</span> <span m='75820'>any</span> <span m='76290'>innate</span> <span m='76670'>interest--</span> <span m='77050'>which</span> <span m='77160'>I</span> <span m='77310'>always</span> <span m='77540'>thought</span> <span m='77710'>I</span> <span m='77780'>did--</span> <span m='78530'>and</span> <span m='78730'>you like</span> <span m='78790'>to</span> <span m='78920'>have</span> <span m='79070'>fun</span> <span m='79470'>doing</span> <span m='79730'>stuff,</span> <span m='80370'>then</span> <span m='81120'>you</span> <span m='81210'>have</span> <span m='81330'>to</span> <span m='81410'>find</span> <span m='81680'>a</span> <span m='81740'>way</span> <span m='81990'>to</span> <span m='82150'>express</span> <span m='82710'>that.</span> <span m='83290'>And</span> <span m='83420'>this</span> <span m='83670'>career</span> <span m='84090'>path</span> <span m='84510'>is</span> <span m='84640'>one</span> <span m='84880'>that</span> <span m='85030'>you</span> <span m='85150'>can</span> <span m='85330'>do</span> <span m='85590'>that</span> <span m='85960'>with.</span> </p><p><span m='86670'>Now</span> <span m='88680'>it's</span> <span m='88920'>really</span> <span m='89350'>a</span> <span m='89430'>lot</span> <span m='89750'>of</span> <span m='89860'>hard</span> <span m='90320'>work.</span> <span m='90680'>I</span> <span m='90770'>mean,</span> <span m='91020'>it's</span> <span m='91230'>tedious.</span> <span m='92170'>There's</span> <span m='92340'>a</span> <span m='92420'>lot</span> <span m='92670'>of</span> <span m='92770'>technological</span> <span m='93660'>stuff</span> <span m='94090'>you have to get.</span> <span m='94540'>There are</span> <span m='94800'>deadlines</span> <span m='95920'>that</span> <span m='96120'>are</span> <span m='96440'>inflexible--</span> <span m='98010'>absolutely</span> <span m='98550'>inflexible.</span> </p><p><span m='99510'>5</span> <span m='99690'>o'clock</span> <span m='100030'>is</span> <span m='100160'>5</span> <span m='100390'>o'clock.</span> <span m='100900'>That</span> <span m='101040'>doesn't</span> <span m='101360'>mean</span> <span m='101710'>5:01</span> <span m='102470'>plus</span> <span m='102800'>two</span> <span m='102970'>seconds.</span> <span m='103440'>That</span> <span m='103600'>means</span> <span m='103810'>5</span> <span m='104060'>o'clock.</span> <span m='105110'>So</span> <span m='105650'>when</span> <span m='105870'>that</span> <span m='105930'>show</span> <span m='106300'>hits</span> <span m='106400'>the air,</span> <span m='106810'>you're</span> <span m='107060'>ready</span> <span m='107360'>or</span> <span m='107520'>you're</span> <span m='107670'>not.</span> <span m='108380'>And</span> <span m='108530'>you</span> <span m='108630'>must,</span> <span m='109060'>as a</span> <span m='109200'>professional,</span> <span m='109860'>be</span> <span m='110040'>ready</span> <span m='110630'>at</span> <span m='110720'>all</span> <span m='110930'>times.</span> </p><p><span m='111420'>The</span> <span m='111500'>biggest</span> <span m='112090'>sin</span> <span m='112900'>is</span> <span m='113110'>missing</span> <span m='113610'>your</span> <span m='113840'>slot.</span> <span m='114550'>Even</span> <span m='114820'>if</span> <span m='114950'>you</span> <span m='115090'>slop</span> <span m='115960'>something</span> <span m='116320'>together,</span> <span m='116840'>and</span> <span m='116960'>it's</span> <span m='117100'>not</span> <span m='117510'>what</span> <span m='117730'>you</span> <span m='117850'>wanted</span> <span m='118040'>it to</span> <span m='118300'>be,</span> <span m='118710'>or</span> <span m='118890'>not</span> <span m='119090'>as</span> <span m='119210'>good</span> <span m='119380'>as</span> <span m='119470'>you'd</span> <span m='119640'>like</span> <span m='119900'>it to</span> <span m='120160'>be,</span> <span m='120550'>it</span> <span m='120690'>still</span> <span m='120950'>must</span> <span m='121710'>make</span> <span m='122260'>the</span> <span m='122320'>slot.</span> <span m='122740'>Deadlines</span> <span m='123510'>are</span> <span m='123820'>crucial</span> <span m='124450'>in</span> <span m='124520'>this</span> <span m='124770'>environment.</span> </p><p><span m='125300'>So</span> <span m='125420'>that's</span> <span m='125680'>why</span> <span m='126060'>one of</span> <span m='126430'>the</span> <span m='126500'>things</span> <span m='126800'>that</span> <span m='127195'>I</span> <span m='127550'>think that</span> <span m='127850'>people</span> <span m='128180'>are</span> <span m='128600'>new to</span> <span m='128780'>this</span> <span m='128949'>business</span> <span m='129660'>need</span> <span m='129780'>to</span> <span m='130360'>be</span> <span m='130550'>able</span> <span m='130759'>to</span> <span m='130889'>work</span> <span m='131760'>under</span> <span m='131860'>a</span> <span m='131970'>lot</span> <span m='132200'>of</span> <span m='132410'>pressure.</span> <span m='133070'>They</span> <span m='133210'>have</span> <span m='133380'>to</span> <span m='133480'>be</span> <span m='133710'>friendly.</span> <span m='134550'>They</span> <span m='134650'>have</span> <span m='134890'>to</span> <span m='135010'>be</span> <span m='135180'>able</span> <span m='135380'>to</span> <span m='135450'>be</span> <span m='135770'>professional</span> <span m='136340'>and</span> <span m='136490'>friendly</span> <span m='136790'>with</span> <span m='137330'>colleagues</span> <span m='138070'>when</span> <span m='138440'>everyone's</span> <span m='139000'>under</span> <span m='139230'>a</span> <span m='139280'>lot</span> <span m='139440'>of</span> <span m='139480'>pressure,</span> <span m='140200'>because</span> <span m='140610'>people</span> <span m='140910'>are</span> <span m='140930'>going</span> <span m='141090'>to</span> <span m='141160'>be</span> <span m='141850'>tight</span> <span m='142120'>with</span> <span m='142390'>you.</span> <span m='142460'>They're</span> <span m='142530'>going</span> <span m='142630'>to</span> <span m='142690'>be</span> <span m='143070'>snippy with</span> <span m='143190'>you,</span> <span m='144070'>under</span> <span m='144290'>pressure.</span> <span m='144840'>So</span> <span m='144960'>you</span> <span m='145050'>just</span> <span m='145230'>have</span> <span m='145360'>to</span> <span m='145500'>be</span> <span m='145620'>able to</span> <span m='145690'>learn</span> <span m='145930'>to</span> <span m='146010'>deal</span> <span m='146270'>with</span> <span m='146400'>that,</span> <span m='146950'>and</span> <span m='147580'>not</span> <span m='147920'>be</span> <span m='148040'>snippy</span> <span m='148300'>back</span> <span m='148750'>to them.</span> </p>","file":{"id":340437,"video_id":"3084740295001","name":"1777-Don-NewsReporter:Photog","duration":149885,"thumbnail_url":null}});