I've been applying for reporter jobs for about a year - had 2 interviews, had a news director tell me I made it to his top 5, but nothing has panned out. There's an opening at a really good company in their in-house media network as an assistant producer/web administrator. I would be writing, editing and working in production on corporate shoots, but I wouldn't be doing any on-air work and the contract has an 11-month minimum, so I'd be taking myself completely out of the running for any reporting job. What do you think about that? I still want to report so would applying for this job be a bad idea?
Well, I've been at many stations where people like this have been hired.
Years ago a "foot in the door" was a great way to move up the ladder. I'm not so sure it's that way anymore.
It seems that every time I've had a co-worker or an employee who was hired to do something other than reporting when the person really wanted to be a reporter, here's what happened.
1. Person starts out jumping head first into new position, doing a great job trying to impress management.
2. After about a month, person starts to get bored and starts hinting to management about reporting opportunities.
3. When opportunities do not present themselves, person gets depressed, and work suffers as person loses interest in job he didn't really want anyway.
4. Person ends up leaving.
I've also seen a lot of job openings as well for an entry level "producer-reporter" and in most cases the person hired gets stuck being a full time producer when another producer leaves.
Bottom line, if you want to be a reporter, will you really be happy doing work you don't want to do... for a chance that may never come? And what's your dream... to simply work in television, or be a reporter?
Still, the decision is up to you. Just bear in mind that the people hiring for this position are probably looking for someone to do the job... not get a foot in the door.