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REPORTER-VIDEOGRAPHER, IN-DEPTH: Do What You're Really Good At And The Money Will Follow

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Don is a Reporter/Videographer; he shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to find work in broadcast news, his key decision
and his work-life balance. Staying on top of the every changing world of technology will help those considering getting into this line of work, because it will make their job easier, however the most important skill to have is the ability to tell a good story.

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='10540'>mundane,</span> <span m='11330'>you</span> <span m='11430'>still</span> <span m='11960'>need</span> <span m='12220'>to</span> <span m='12360'>tell</span> <span m='12590'>a</span> <span m='12640'>good</span> <span m='12910'>story.</span> <span m='13410'>But</span> <span m='13820'>I</span> <span m='13960'>think</span> <span m='14220'>that</span> <span m='14510'>meeting</span> <span m='14770'>people, and</span> <span m='15110'>going</span> <span m='15370'>places,</span> <span m='16320'>and</span> <span m='16940'>seeing</span> <span m='17140'>all</span> <span m='17270'>kinds</span> <span m='17460'>of</span> <span m='17540'>wacky</span> <span m='17690'>stuff,</span> <span m='18950'>who's</span> <span m='19370'>going to</span> <span m='19550'>pay you to</span> <span m='19680'>do</span> <span m='19820'>that?</span> </p><p><span m='20950'>The</span> <span m='21030'>most</span> <span m='21220'>challenging</span> <span m='21690'>part</span> <span m='22210'>is</span> <span m='22340'>staying</span> <span m='22660'>current</span> <span m='23270'>with</span> <span m='23420'>the</span> <span m='23530'>latest</span> <span m='23980'>technology.</span> <span m='24900'>Because it</span> <span m='25140'>changes</span> <span m='25550'>almost</span> <span m='25860'>weekly</span> <span m='26260'>now.</span> <span m='26850'>But</span> <span m='27420'>if</span> <span m='27570'>you</span> <span m='27700'>stay</span> <span m='27990'>on</span> <span m='28090'>top</span> <span m='28400'>of</span> <span m='28480'>that,</span> <span m='28800'>the</span> <span m='29160'>technology</span> <span m='29740'>can</span> <span m='29880'>be</span> <span m='30010'>your</span> <span m='30150'>best</span> <span m='30500'>friend,</span> <span m='31130'>because</span> <span m='31410'>it</span> <span m='31500'>can</span> <span m='31570'>make</span> <span m='31770'>your</span> <span m='31900'>job</span> <span m='32270'>easier,</span> <span m='33020'>faster,</span> <span m='33280'>and</span> <span m='33540'>more</span> <span m='33720'>efficient</span> <span m='34420'>And</span> <span m='34850'>you're going to</span> <span m='35310'>have</span> <span m='35430'>a</span> <span m='35480'>leg</span> <span m='35830'>up</span> <span m='36020'>over</span> <span m='36200'>the</span> <span m='36310'>guys</span> <span m='36770'>and</span> <span m='36870'>gals</span> <span m='37200'>who</span> <span m='37420'>aren't</span> <span m='38000'>keeping</span> <span m='38300'>up</span> <span m='38490'>with</span> <span m='38700'>technology</span> <span m='39740'>in</span> <span m='39880'>order</span> <span m='39990'>to</span> <span m='40090'>tell</span> <span m='40390'>your</span> <span m='40580'>story</span> <span m='40950'>the</span> <span m='41280'>best</span> <span m='41810'>way</span> <span m='42050'>you can.</span> </p><p><span m='42550'>Oh, I</span> <span m='42780'>met</span> <span m='42930'>this</span> <span m='43090'>girl</span> <span m='43290'>in</span> <span m='43370'>California,</span> <span m='44000'>came</span> <span m='44230'>out</span> <span m='44460'>to see her,</span> <span m='44620'>and</span> <span m='44800'>ended</span> <span m='45050'>up staying</span> <span m='45270'>here.</span> <span m='48190'>That was</span> <span m='48635'>kind of the deal</span> <span m='49080'>there.</span> <span m='50820'>But</span> <span m='51090'>television</span> <span m='51580'>has</span> <span m='51690'>always</span> <span m='51960'>been</span> <span m='52120'>fun.</span> <span m='52750'>I</span> <span m='52850'>mean,</span> <span m='53080'>storytelling</span> <span m='53425'>as</span> <span m='53770'>a kid,</span> <span m='54480'>I always</span> <span m='54820'>took</span> <span m='55120'>home</span> <span m='55400'>movies</span> <span m='55770'>with</span> <span m='55870'>Super8</span> <span m='56930'>and</span> <span m='57170'>regular</span> <span m='57530'>8</span> <span m='57850'>film.</span> <span m='58210'>People</span> <span m='58560'>don't even</span> <span m='58790'>know</span> <span m='58910'>what</span> <span m='59010'>that</span> <span m='59230'>is</span> <span m='59670'>anymore.</span> <span m='60650'>But</span> <span m='61220'>that</span> <span m='61590'>was</span> <span m='61680'>just</span> <span m='62420'>a tool then.</span> </p><p><span m='62680'>It</span> <span m='63050'>was</span> <span m='63450'>fun.</span> <span m='63490'>And</span> <span m='63930'>it kind of</span> <span m='64340'>morphed</span> <span m='64686'>into that.</span> <span m='65032'>And</span> <span m='65379'>so</span> <span m='65630'>then</span> <span m='66010'>somehow</span> <span m='66410'>I</span> <span m='66610'>managed</span> <span m='67056'>to</span> <span m='67950'>make</span> <span m='68170'>money</span> <span m='68360'>out of it, and</span> <span m='68720'>so</span> <span m='69110'>I</span> <span m='69260'>did.</span> <span m='69645'>But the</span> <span m='70030'>thing</span> <span m='70220'>is</span> <span m='70570'>do</span> <span m='70740'>what</span> <span m='70920'>you</span> <span m='71040'>like</span> <span m='71290'>to</span> <span m='71390'>do</span> <span m='71600'>best.</span> <span m='71920'>Do</span> <span m='72200'>what's</span> <span m='72920'>fun.</span> <span m='73730'>Do</span> <span m='73870'>what</span> <span m='74010'>you're</span> <span m='74150'>really</span> <span m='74740'>good</span> <span m='74970'>at,</span> <span m='75230'>and</span> <span m='75330'>the</span> <span m='75410'>money</span> <span m='75660'>will</span> <span m='75790'>follow.</span> </p><p><span m='76570'>If</span> <span m='76690'>you</span> <span m='76820'>chase</span> <span m='77160'>the</span> <span m='77270'>dollars,</span> <span m='78250'>you're</span> <span m='78470'>going</span> <span m='78700'>to</span> <span m='78770'>be</span> <span m='79400'>sad</span> <span m='79970'>someday</span> <span m='80590'>because</span> <span m='80940'>you're</span> <span m='81170'>locked</span> <span m='81640'>in</span> <span m='81830'>with</span> <span m='81960'>the</span> <span m='82040'>golden</span> <span m='82390'>handcuffs</span> <span m='83150'>to</span> <span m='83230'>some</span> <span m='83430'>job you</span> <span m='83840'>really</span> <span m='84120'>don't want</span> <span m='84530'>to do.</span> <span m='85350'>But</span> <span m='85470'>if</span> <span m='85560'>you</span> <span m='85660'>find</span> <span m='85950'>something</span> <span m='86190'>that's</span> <span m='86720'>fun</span> <span m='88200'>and</span> <span m='88340'>you</span> <span m='88400'>can</span> <span m='88520'>still</span> <span m='88760'>make</span> <span m='88970'>a</span> <span m='89030'>little</span> <span m='89240'>money in it</span> <span m='89480'>at</span> <span m='89720'>first,</span> <span m='90630'>eventually</span> <span m='91050'>the</span> <span m='91150'>money's</span> <span m='91380'>going to</span> <span m='91470'>come.</span> </p><p><span m='92140'>It's</span> <span m='92350'>very</span> <span m='92650'>hard</span> <span m='92890'>to</span> <span m='92960'>find</span> <span m='93230'>work</span> <span m='93520'>in my</span> <span m='93770'>field.</span> <span m='94210'>It's</span> <span m='94410'>a</span> <span m='94530'>very</span> <span m='95100'>competitive</span> <span m='95760'>environment.</span> <span m='96510'>You</span> <span m='96760'>generally</span> <span m='97230'>have</span> <span m='97460'>to</span> <span m='97590'>start,</span> <span m='98120'>as</span> <span m='98320'>I</span> <span m='98450'>did,</span> <span m='98850'>and</span> <span m='98960'>it's</span> <span m='99110'>still</span> <span m='99370'>true</span> <span m='99580'>today,</span> <span m='100385'>at</span> <span m='100650'>smaller</span> <span m='101170'>markets.</span> <span m='102500'>And</span> <span m='102600'>then</span> <span m='102750'>work</span> <span m='103020'>your</span> <span m='103110'>way</span> <span m='103400'>up,</span> <span m='103660'>because</span> <span m='103790'>you</span> <span m='103890'>can</span> <span m='104050'>make</span> <span m='104240'>mistakes</span> <span m='105650'>and</span> <span m='105840'>learn</span> <span m='106560'>in</span> <span m='107030'>smaller</span> <span m='107440'>markets</span> <span m='107990'>and</span> <span m='108270'>work</span> <span m='108530'>your</span> <span m='108630'>way</span> <span m='108880'>up</span> <span m='109000'>to</span> <span m='109100'>the</span> <span m='109200'>larger</span> <span m='109540'>markets.</span> <span m='110370'>But</span> <span m='110550'>even</span> <span m='110840'>now</span> <span m='111970'>larger</span> <span m='112360'>markets</span> <span m='112780'>are</span> <span m='112820'>looking</span> <span m='113220'>at</span> <span m='113390'>smaller</span> <span m='114100'>markets</span> <span m='114650'>now</span> <span m='114990'>instead</span> <span m='115390'>of</span> <span m='116480'>large</span> <span m='116780'>markets</span> <span m='117200'>looking</span> <span m='117460'>at</span> <span m='117590'>medium</span> <span m='117880'>markets.</span> </p><p><span m='118320'>Now</span> <span m='118980'>the</span> <span m='119160'>large</span> <span m='119720'>markets</span> <span m='120240'>in</span> <span m='120360'>television</span> <span m='120900'>are</span> <span m='121070'>looking</span> <span m='121410'>at</span> <span m='121790'>a</span> <span m='121900'>broader</span> <span m='122790'>audience</span> <span m='123280'>to</span> <span m='123370'>pull</span> <span m='123690'>their</span> <span m='123750'>talent</span> <span m='124230'>from.</span> <span m='124660'>North</span> <span m='124990'>Carolina,</span> <span m='126450'>Idaho,</span> <span m='128180'>smaller</span> <span m='128630'>Texas</span> <span m='129050'>markets,</span> <span m='129919'>Arkansas,</span> <span m='131570'>as</span> <span m='131690'>well</span> <span m='132030'>as</span> <span m='132180'>Nevada.</span> <span m='133150'>Those</span> <span m='133360'>are</span> <span m='133710'>all feeder</span> <span m='133940'>markets</span> <span m='134170'>now</span> <span m='134560'>for</span> <span m='134950'>all</span> <span m='135200'>the</span> <span m='135270'>major</span> <span m='135510'>markets.</span> <span m='135880'>So</span> <span m='136540'>New</span> <span m='136640'>York,</span> <span m='137040'>LA,</span> <span m='137310'>Los</span> <span m='137570'>Angeles,</span> <span m='137840'>Philadelphia,</span> <span m='138310'>Chicago,</span> <span m='138820'>Miami,</span> <span m='139710'>they're</span> <span m='139890'>all</span> <span m='140580'>looking</span> <span m='140820'>at</span> <span m='140940'>these</span> <span m='141060'>smaller</span> <span m='141360'>markets</span> <span m='141630'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='141900'>What</span> <span m='142350'>does</span> <span m='142440'>a</span> <span m='142480'>bigger</span> <span m='142710'>market</span> <span m='143040'>bring</span> <span m='143300'>to</span> <span m='143390'>the</span> <span m='143550'>table?</span> <span m='144290'>It</span> <span m='144440'>brings</span> <span m='145420'>better</span> <span m='145680'>resources,</span> <span m='146340'>better</span> <span m='146590'>tools,</span> <span m='147220'>and</span> <span m='147360'>of</span> <span m='147420'>course,</span> <span m='149140'>in</span> <span m='149320'>most</span> <span m='149630'>cases,</span> <span m='150380'>better money.</span> <span m='152110'>But</span> <span m='152220'>it's more</span> <span m='152560'>expensive</span> <span m='152960'>to</span> <span m='153040'>live</span> <span m='153240'>in</span> <span m='153340'>the</span> <span m='153400'>larger</span> <span m='153610'>markets</span> <span m='153935'>too.</span> </p><p><span m='154970'>Work-life</span> <span m='155860'>balance</span> <span m='156370'>is</span> <span m='156770'>one</span> <span m='156950'>of</span> <span m='157030'>the</span> <span m='157320'>hardest</span> <span m='157780'>things</span> <span m='158260'>to</span> <span m='158676'>handle</span> <span m='159092'>in</span> <span m='159508'>this business.</span> <span m='160340'>Because</span> <span m='160480'>it's</span> <span m='161190'>an</span> <span m='161300'>all-consuming</span> <span m='161530'>business.</span> <span m='162400'>Because</span> <span m='162490'>it's</span> <span m='162770'>fun.</span> <span m='164340'>Most of the</span> <span m='164680'>time</span> <span m='165180'>it's</span> <span m='165533'>fun.</span> <span m='166240'>Then</span> <span m='166630'>you're</span> <span m='166850'>always</span> <span m='167280'>thinking</span> <span m='167530'>about</span> <span m='167800'>what's the</span> <span m='168030'>next</span> <span m='168330'>story.</span> <span m='168640'>how I'm going to do</span> <span m='168820'>this,</span> <span m='169390'>how I'm gong to do</span> <span m='169780'>that.</span> <span m='169960'>You</span> <span m='170050'>wake</span> <span m='170300'>up</span> <span m='170420'>thinking</span> <span m='170570'>about it.</span> <span m='170890'>In the middle of the</span> <span m='171120'>night you</span> <span m='171370'>think</span> <span m='171510'>about</span> <span m='171740'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='172090'>But</span> <span m='172280'>there's</span> <span m='172520'>a</span> <span m='172580'>balance.</span> <span m='173660'>You</span> <span m='173790'>have</span> <span m='174000'>to</span> <span m='174080'>get</span> <span m='174230'>away</span> <span m='174680'>from</span> <span m='174990'>it.</span> <span m='175245'>You have to</span> <span m='175500'>get</span> <span m='175580'>away,</span> <span m='175980'>go</span> <span m='176180'>camping</span> <span m='176600'>or</span> <span m='176760'>something,</span> <span m='177280'>whatever</span> <span m='178500'>your</span> <span m='178870'>activity</span> <span m='179363'>may be.</span> <span m='180350'>I</span> <span m='180690'>have</span> <span m='180780'>to</span> <span m='180880'>make</span> <span m='181090'>a</span> <span m='181140'>conscious</span> <span m='181780'>choice</span> <span m='182270'>to</span> <span m='182350'>get</span> <span m='182550'>out</span> <span m='182750'>and</span> <span m='182820'>do</span> <span m='183170'>outdoor</span> <span m='183450'>stuff, to</span> <span m='183710'>get</span> <span m='183850'>away</span> <span m='184430'>from</span> <span m='184670'>TV</span> <span m='185090'>screens,</span> <span m='185290'>get</span> <span m='185410'>away</span> <span m='185940'>from</span> <span m='186120'>computer screens,</span> <span m='186530'>and</span> <span m='186820'>away</span> <span m='187060'>from</span> <span m='187270'>cell</span> <span m='187490'>phones,</span> <span m='187870'>and</span> <span m='188310'>whatever</span> <span m='188750'>else.</span> <span m='189840'>So</span> <span m='190250'>there</span> <span m='190490'>is</span> <span m='190760'>that</span> <span m='190980'>balance</span> <span m='191320'>you</span> <span m='191490'>have</span> <span m='191770'>to</span> <span m='192770'>maintain,</span> <span m='193620'>because</span> <span m='194310'>balance</span> <span m='194670'>is</span> <span m='194790'>what</span> <span m='195000'>will</span> <span m='195110'>make</span> <span m='195330'>you</span> <span m='195790'>the</span> <span m='195870'>most</span> <span m='196170'>happy.</span> </p>","file":{"id":340434,"video_id":"3084642515001","name":"1778-Don-NewsReporter:Photog2 In-depth","duration":197463,"thumbnail_url":null}});