(re-posted by request)
If you've ever seen the Gene Hackman movie "Hoosiers" about a small
town basketball team, you've gotten a subtle message about television
Toward the end of the film Hackman takes
his team to the state championship. The day before the game he walks
them around the court, takes out a tape measure and shows them that the
basket is still ten feet high and a foul shot is still fifteen feet. It
is the same, whether you're playing in a backyard or on the world's
The same holds true for television news.
A package is a package, whether it is done in market 210 or at the
network. In each case you still need good video, nat sound, strong
writing and creative editing. Along with solid reporting skills, of
course. Keep this in mind: I do EXACTLY the same stuff for the networks as I did when I was a rookie reporter.
So it makes me shake my head when so many young
people think they have to start in a tiny market, or can only jump a
certain number of markets for their second job. I'm not sure if college
professors are telling kids they have to start really small, or if it is
simply a myth that is so old it has become reality to some.
truth: plenty of people have gotten their first jobs in New York or at
the network. If you're talented, the sky's the limit. You have
absolutely nothing to lose by sending your tape to any station. Limiting
yourself to markets 100-210 can only set you back two years if you
truly have talent. You may eventually end up in a small market, but you
The same applies for a second job. If you can turn a package with the best of them, once again, take your best shot.
rules of broadcast journalism don't change from market to market. I've
seen great products in tiny markets and horrible ones in large markets.
The business is getting younger, as veterans see the handwriting on the
wall and bail out.
When someone tells you you have to
start small, don't believe it. When you're told that maybe you can make
it to market 50 in your second job, fuhgeddaboudit.
Talent knows no age or experience. If you've got it, aim high.