Careers in Broadcasting
You hear their voices every day—the deejays and announcers on your favorite radio station. You see their faces when you watch TV—the local news anchors and reporters.
But these are only a few of the careers you can achieve in broadcasting. For every public voice or face, there are dozens of others working behind the scenes to make that broadcast happen. Camera operators. Producers. Sales people. Writers. Engineers. And many more.
Success in broadcasting depends upon a station’s ability to both attract an audience and keep them informed and/or entertained. Depending upon the size of a station, employees may work in a single role such as news reporter, or may work multiple roles.
Big stations in large media markets like Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati may offer more employment opportunities than smaller stations in smaller markets, but they also are harder for applicants with less experience to break into. Smaller stations in rural or smaller Ohio markets sometimes are more willing to consider applicants who are just starting out in broadcasting.
If you are interested in a broadcasting career, you may want to explore a college degree in journalism, communications, or production. There are also two-year and community college programs which can train you for the different technical careers in broadcasting. However, be aware that there is a lot of competition for entry-level broadcast jobs. As a result, many applicants first work unpaid internships and long hours before landing the position they want.