Archive for March, 2012

Career in Print Media

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If you dream of making a qualitative change in the people’s life, bringing into light the dark side of the society, have the patience to get along with politicians, bureaucrats, criminals and a myriad of persons desperate to get some ready to rush to work at odd hours, do night shifts; Journalism is one of the best careers to pursue.

Journalism as such is more than a career, it’s a mission. A mission that generates your creativity helps you socialize, earn name along with your livelihood, bring to the forefront problems facing the society and help implement the possible solutions. These inherent advantages of journalism attract a lot of young graduates.

Scope and Areas of Work in Print Media

Print Media is the oldest form of media. But even today it is growing from strength to strength. Around 4000 small, medium and large newspapers and magazines across the county are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers every year. This indicates that it is a growing sector where employment opportunities are increasing with each passing day.

Most of the young aspirants who want to enter the print media prefer reporting, but newspapers and magazines also seek young talent as photographers, artists, editors, computer experts, librarians, and cartoonists. Students who have writing ability, graphics or photo skills, curiosity and determination and who are well prepared by education and training have less difficulty in finding a good opening in the print media. The well known areas to work are:

Editing ? Editing means to plan the contents of the publication and to supervise its preparation. Newspapers have Editors who should have sound knowledge of newspaper laws. They need to put forward innovative ideas and establish the style of the publication. Editors must be able to coordinate the efforts of a team. They must possess a sound knowledge of their market, and take the initiative in looking for new authors and new subjects. In very large newspapers, there are associate or assistant editors who are responsible for particular topics, such as sports, international news, local news, supplements, special pullouts, etc. Administrative duties of editors include hiring writers, planning budgets and negotiating contracts with freelance writers.

Newspapers also have a large number of sub-editors whose job is to give a final shape to the story submitted by a reporter. Sub-editors acts almost like a gate keeper ? editing, reformatting, objectively presenting each report, keeping in mind the general policy of the newspaper. They must be able to identify potential doubts, complications and mistakes in the text, inconsistencies or lack of adherence to the style of newspaper.

Reporting ? Reporting in Newspapers and Magazines means to file stories about local, state, national and international events; to present different view points on current issues and to monitor the actions of public officials and others who exercise power. Newspapers frequently station reporters known as correspondents in large cities and in other countries to prepare stories on major news events occurring in these locations.

Freelancing ? One can also work as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines. Freelancers are not the regular employees of the organization. They are paid according to each piece or article they write.

Writing Columns ? A newspaper appoints specialists for regular columns. Columnists, being assigned a column, have to keep contributing to the column on a regular basis.

Writing Comments ? Well known people, who are authorities in their respective fields, are invited to write on topical issues in magazines or newspapers.

Drawing Cartoons ? A comical or satirical sketch on political, cultural events is the job of a cartoonist. While established cartoonists work for some big groups, others are generally free lancers.

Working as an Artist – Illustrators and cartographers who specialize in maps and charts to illustrate data work in this medium.

Photojournalism ? Photojournalism is an art to tell a story with pictures. People having an interest in photography with an ability to link it with a news story can work for newspapers and magazines as a photojournalist.

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Career as a Talk show host

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A talk show host is a type of job in either television or the radio – the job involves running a “talk show” which invites guests to talk on a variety of subjects with the host and entertain the audience. The job of a talk show host is to generally run the show, talking to the guests and sometimes the audience, and providing entertainment for everyone. A good talk show host may also have a special skill of their own with which to amuse their viewers/listeners, though this isn’t so common.

Getting to be a talk show host is all about one’s personality – a candidate needs to have a good, well-groomed look and be able to catch the attention of their audience easily. Additionally, talk show hosts are often required to improvise – even though shows are run on standard scripts, it’s still not possible to predict every situation so the host may have to use a little bit of their creativity to get around certain situations without degrading the quality of the show as a whole.

Talk show hosts earn varied salaries – this is mostly because the job is in the entertainment sector, which is known for the variance in the pay rates for its jobs. In some cases the salary can grow significantly higher, as the popularity of the particular show increases – though it should be noted that talk show hosts should always be on the lookout for new prospects, as many shows have an irregular schedule.

Careers in camera operating

Candidates for camera operating positions should have good technical and creative skills. Workers gain their experience through formal training offered by  institution and then on-the-job supervision.

 Courses cover all technical and artistic topics. A bachelor’s degree is recommended in order to cover all areas, including business that might be related to the trade.

Those interested in camera operation should look for knowledge and experience in a variety of places, including clubs, through part-time employment in a studio, or by subscribing to magazines and newsletters.

Entry-level jobs in this field may entail assisting with camera or lighting scheme set-up. Employers hire people who come with strong references and recommendations from other technicians, including directors and cinematographers, who are familiar with the job candidate’s work. 

Camera operators usually begin in smaller studios and markets and work their way up to larger ones.Camera operators should be artistically coordinated, patient, detail oriented, and have solid interpersonal skills. They should also be able to hand hold a camera for an extended period of time.

Freelance camera operators should have the appropriate business skills in order to handle all contract, permission releases, sales, finance, and copyrighting obligations associated with their independent work.Advancement takes place after sufficient experience is gained. ENG operators may advance to a wider market. 

Camera operators may move on to becoming directors of photography at a large television station or movie studio. Others move into the educational field where they teach at universities, film or technical institutions.

Careers in Video editing

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Video editing is all about selecting and rearranging fragments of video/footage collected from various sources in order to construct a meaningful visual. An important element of post-production work in electronic media, video editing has speedily emerged as a lucrative career option, due to the increasing popularity of the audio-visual media. Production houses and news channels are now on a hunt for highly skilled video editors, who can give meaning to the episodes and news items produced by them. The aesthetic beauty of the final product depends on the talent and proficiency of a video editor.


 A video editor should be a self-motivated person, since this position demands lots of patience and dedication towards work. He/She should be a visionary, technically skilled, and possess a logical and critical mind, who can revise his/her knowledge constantly. He/She should be able to visualize the ideas running, hither and thither, in the mind of the producer/director of the show.Numerous film and TV production studios, web designing companies, news channels, advertising houses, and multimedia companies hire video editors. The emergence of video and movie clips on websites has widened the scope of video editors in cyber media as well, where they can earn handsome salaries on part-time jobs. Also, a number of organizations recruit video editors on short-term contract basis and full-time employment basis, depending upon the choice of the candidates.

A speech writer

A speech writer prepares speeches for others and works for large companies, public figures or governmental offices. Speech writers often deal with daunting deadlines, and some workers may have to travel frequently to write for clients.

The majority of employers prefer applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree related to communications or public relations.

  • Speech Writer Career Profile Job Duties

speech writers work mainly in the public relations industry . Speech writers research multiple topics, such as major political issues and demographic trends, and use that research to write speeches that focus on specific topics to engage audiences. Since speech writers draft speeches specifically for certain clients, they often spend time with them to understand how they think and speak to re-create their distinct voice within the written speech.

Job Outlook

Within the public relations industry, the BLS predicted that more positions will open up as businesses and public figures continue to focus on improving their public reputations. Between 2008 and 2018, the BLS forecasted that job growth rates for public relations specialists, including speech writers, would increase by 24%. With more industries utilizing networking and social media platforms, speech writers who specialize in producing speeches for Internet broadcasting may be more likely to find regular employment.

Careers In Event Management

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 Off late event management has been considered as an exciting career option. In fact, until five to six years ago there were not too many event management companies, and as industry the turn over was no more than 18 Crores, in the early 90s. However, things began to change and by the end of the last financial year the industry is expected to be worth no less than 1800 Crores. 

 

Careers in event management seem to be alluring more and more youth. In fact, even homemakers have stepped into the industry and organize small and private events in their spare time. Also, there are event management companies that that take on consultants, who work with them on a freelance basis, as and when the need arises. Thus there is a lot of scope in the field of event management. And the event manager jobs are ever increasing. 

 

Earlier one was employed and learnt the ropes of the trade on the job. But now there are vocational courses – diploma and degree in this field. These courses provide theoretical information, which then is implemented during the internship period. And on the completion of the course, one is almost like any other seasoned event manager.

 

 Amongst the job openings in event management are those in the following departments : 

 

  1. Visualizing concepts 
  2. Planning Budgeting 
  3. Marketing Organizing 
  4. Coordinating 
  5. Executing Fashion shows 
  6. Musical concerts 
  7. Corporate seminars 
  8. Exhibitions 
  9. Wedding celebrations 
  10. Theme parties

 

 

Product launching Different roles, different names An organisation that is into event management business offers numerous positions to job seekers. The following are some of the departments in a typical event managing company: 

 

Public Relations – managing a vast gamut of people ranging from clients, artists, stage performers, government officials, public and so on .

 

Promotion and Marketing – for promoting the image of the organisation and also for marketing the event to the public at large .

 

Brand Development – a talent pool that is responsible for managing client requirements pertaining to brand restructuring .

 

Designing – team of creative people who visualise and then prepare design layouts for the stage, costumes, accessories and so on. 

 

Administration – department that is responsible for back office and general administrative tasks Production – team comprising of media professionals who manage the production and editing of audio video related media .

 

Printing – department that takes care of printing all sorts of marketing collaterals and promotional items . 

 

Editorial positions in print media

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Editing is a great career to pursue in journalism. It offers opportunity for advancement and growth. You can find editors in all areas of the workplace – print journalism, such as magazines and newspapers, as well as publishing houses, businesses, et cetera.

Where there’s writing, there’s editing!

There are many different levels of editing positions. Here’s a list to get you familiar with the types of jobs out there in publishing, journalism and editing:

Junior Editors
These are often editors who are starting out their careers in journalism or editing. They report to more senior-level editors. The smaller the publication, the more responsibilities the junior editors will likely take. Fact-checking, editing and rewriting are also included responsibilities.

Senior Editors
These editors can also be known as senior editorial managers or senior executive editors. Junior editors often report to them and they are responsible for developing a product to its final release.

Editor-in-chief
Magazine and newspaper editors include a top-level editor may be called an editor-in-chief. This person is in charge of all aspects, including layout, page design, placement of advertisements and article inclusions. For example, the editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Vogue is Anna Wintour, seen on the right (from whom the character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada was based)

A copyeditor’s editing tasks consist of the Five Cs:

1. Clear
2. Correct
3. Concise
4. Comprehensible
5. Consistent