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.