Inside Look at how TV News Producers Go Through Resumes

It’s the end of the school year once again, so many of the students have already been sending in their resume reels to television stations for news anchor positions. For those of us who have not either applied or still have some school left, some television directors have decided to let go some of their valuable secrets on how they sort out reels.


Debora Wegner talked to multiple news directors across the country about how they go through reels. The results were pretty harsh as all of the directors decided in at least ten seconds. One of the news directors says if your reel isn’t impressive in the first ten seconds, he puts you in the “Good luck with your career” pile, which is a bit harsh. The longest someone used to judge, however, was 90 seconds as long as they didn’t get too bored looking at this. With that in mind, everyone is different so I thought I could scrounge up a few ideas that could help all of our video reels.

For starters, make your reel stand out from the get-go. If many directors are turning off reels in ten seconds, by making your introductory videos stand out immensely. News director Dave Beech was even kind enough to give future applicants a universal format for video reels. Beech says all reels should have two or three stand-ups and two or three stories with some anchoring at the end if they want.

The only thing that can truly make your resume stand out is to be creative with it. One thing that all directors love to see in young news anchors is creativity because it’s something that many anchors lack. So with that being said, go be creative and have fun with your resume. Because if you’re having fun putting together your resume reel, most likely your video will be fun to watch for the news directors.

Newspaper Sites Barely Hold Users Attention

It is no hidden secret that newspapers are dying and being replaced by the Internet.  But no one predicted that it to be so soon.  According to the Newsosaur, newspaper sites are only holding users to 1.1 minutes per day.

Now if you frequently visit news sites, you may be wondering that it can’t be so bad.  After all, many of the users actually read the stories the newspapers publish, right?  To show the very obvious contrast about how little users are using the newspaper sites, the average social media visit per day is just over 33 minutes.  To even highlight the difference even further, people use search sites for about 3.6 minutes a day.

On the bright side, there was an increase that there was a 19% increase in unique visitors just in March.  So things are not yet bleak for news sites.  Many of the popular news sites, like Yahoo! News, NBC News, CNN and even Buzzfeed, are suffering from small attention spans, with their average visit per day is ranked at 3.8 minutes.

I don’t think that a news site will ever compete against any social media website because people would rather know what is going on in their friends life than their community.  Personally, many of my friends will refer to something that happened, and I would then verify this on a news site to make sure that their story is straight.  Although I may not always keep up with the latest news, I always know what happened to my friends because I check it my social media accounts significantly more than a news site.  As long as they posted it.

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Don’t Worry Journalism Students, There’s More Than One Way to Write Your Stories

Journalism has been around since the early 1600’s and many of the core things have not changed at all. For starters, we have been trained to inform the masses of what is going on. Just like all things, there has to be some sort of evolution to writing stories. That is no different in today’s age, especially with the Internet not yet being used to its full potential.

Debora Wenger believes this as well and highlights alternative websites like Pitchfork and The Verge. She noticed that one of the newer journalism where the imagery and words combine to make “visual art” that gives the viewer a different experience. The originator of this idea, USC professor Koci Hernandez, has already written multiple articles in this style for major news sources like CNN.


The downside to this, however, is that it is very risky to do. If the pictures are too overpowering, the pictures may lose the value and vice versa. I do think that there are undiscovered ways to do journalism. One of the particular ones that is intriguing is the Johnny Cash Project, where users can draw on a Johnny Cash picture and it would then be incorporated into one of his performances which would be voted on by users.

I think that this type of journalism should become more popular because I think it is great to see this sort of journalism.  It would create stunning visuals online, especially seeing how the traditional newspapers are near extinction.  Hopefully, this will inspire future journalism innovators into something bigger than this.

Catchy Headlines and Shares Don’t Add Up to Profits

If you have been on Facebook in the past month, you may have noticed people sharing articles that have a headline similar to: ““Why’s This Kid Throwing Coins? The Reason May Or May Not Blow Your Mind, But Something Does Blow Up.” These sorts of headlines can be attributed to the high “success” rate ofBuzzFeed and Upworthy. The articles from these sites do rack up a lot of shares, which is a positive thing because your website is getting its name out.

However, what is that really saying?  Many of these sites’ visitors rely on Facebook and Twitter to get their page views. According to the Newspaper Death Watch, users who actually go to the site are there longer than users that got there via Facebook and search terms combined. So this is going to show that even though they may not be there as long as the average user, you are still getting the word out about your website.

So you may be wondering how does this pertain to us? Well, for starters, everyone knows that we don’t have many unique visitors to the class website because our users come from the Journalism department. But also, it shows that just sharing an article from the class website isn’t going to get the job done either. Once we find a way to actually bring unique users to the site like BuzzFeed and Upworthy attracts users, then maybe we can take the Warhawk Writers to another level.

Journalist Using Mobile App to Cover Breaking News

ParkerVideoliciousJournalists are always trying to get ahead of the competition on the web, whether it’s using a new social media, or in this case, a new mobile app. Beth Parker, reporter for FOX 5 DC, is using an app called Videolicious where the user records their voice, records video clips and then could organize everything they recorded all at the tip of their thumbs.

This app is essentially a carbon copy of the famous app, Vine, where users have six seconds to record whatever they want and it becomes available to the public.  Parker knows that she needs to also be wary of her surroundings because she is a representative of her station, so she needs to make sure everything is family friendly that she shoots.

One thing that Parker mentions is that although this technology is almost instantly fast, she says that they need to be especially careful about accuracy. I think that this is especially true for all social media. The most recent incident would be American Airlines, when they had an unruly customer tweet them about a layover and uploaded a very pornographic photo. This goes to show why social media needs to be monitored, but it can also put you “ahead of the curve.”

News Pages Seeing Sudden Boost in Likes

If you’ve noticed your local newsroom getting a lot more likes on Facebook, chances are you are not alone. According to Kim Wilson, all newsrooms have found ways to increase their likes than normal. In the article, they talked about how Facebook’s new designs, such as including them in the similar suggestions pages, could be attributed to this phenomenon.

As soon as I got done reading this article, I went and actually checked my local news and was fairly surprised about how true this was. While there were not as many people talking about the actual newsroom, there was a noticeable boost just in the past month. But I do not think that all the credit should go to the newsrooms in this situation.

Personally, I think everyone is joining social media and just want to follow their favorite newsrooms in social media. Another theory could be that the newsrooms are focusing more on getting their fans to follow them on all types of social media. What I think is that we should be focusing not on the amount of likes they are getting on Facebook, but how many of them are being active with the page as well.

NBC Sports Adds to their Soccer Domination

A few weeks ago, NBC Sports partnered with, a new and very popular website for US soccer fans.  As part of the partnership, Soccerly will provide and it’s ProSoccerTalk section with content about all major global soccer leagues and expanded World Cup coverage.

This may not seem like a big deal, but this is a major power move by NBC Sports.  They are just adding on to their already expanding franchise.  In January, NBC invested and partnered with NowThis News, a company that wants to target the younger audience by creating short clips of videos that were not even always about the news.

People are more favorably to watch soccer during the World Cup, so that is another great reason that this partnership.  I even began to generate my initial interest in soccer was after I watched the World Cup in 2010.  So for them to bring in a digital soccer giant like Soccerly, this will get more eyes watching soccer matches, especially in the US where there is great potential for soccer to rise to one of the dominant sports in the country.

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Cyber Bullying More Common with Women Journalists

Cyber bullying is a real thing, and it can affect anyone, anywhere, and anytime.  With the emergence of “trolls” and other people who enjoy saying offensive things towards of people on the internet, people in the media have become bigger targets.

Amanda Hess, a writer for Slate Magazine, wrote an essay entitled The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.  The basis of the essay is that female journalists were more inclined to see more abuse over the Internet then men were and even had her own stories to tell about the situation.  One person tweeted to Hess “Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head” and later tweeted “You are going to die and I am the one who is going to kill you. I promise you this.”  Another key situation was that Hess had a abuser so persistent that she got a restraining order that only worked for about a year.

Now, even though I’m a man, I have seen my fair share of cyber bullying not just to women but to other African-Americans like myself. Journalists Michael Wilbon and Stephen A. Smith are both very prevalent African-American  journalists in the sports world and see a fair amount of trolls themselves.  Now, even though they have the same problem, they have very different opinions on how to go about dealing with them.  Smith used to publicly humiliate trolls at least once a week, but Wilbon doesn’t even respond to them because he views them as not being worth it.

I feel as a journalist, you have to have a tough skin, but no one should have to go through as explicit cyber taunting as Hess endured her essay.  The Internet is the only platform where you are anonymous to many and have the power to communicate with people in the media.  With so many people feeling that they can say whatever they want to over the Internet with no consequences, there are people that are just going to say what they feel will generate a response from their victim.  Once people understand that you’re not as anonymous as they think they are, maybe then we’ll see a decrease in cyber bullying.  Until that happens, all we can do is hope that there is a better system of punishing repeat offenders

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