|Job Area: || Background information:||Good for people who:||How to "break in" to this area:|
|Radio||Radio Stations need writers and editors to work behind the scenes of on-air broadcasts.||Have terrific flexibility for work hours and who are willing to do what's needed, as needed.||Connect with the NU radio station WNIA. Or contact other stations in the area for an internship. |
|Television||It's a big industry with opportunities on the local and national level. Television is creative, stimulating work in a highly competitive environment. ||Work well under a deadline; can collaborate creatively; and don't mind climbing up the ladder. ||Call the news director or production manager of your local TV station to ask about internships and volunteer opportunities. |
|Marketing||It involves strategic planning, development of collateral across all types of media, pricing, distribution, media planning, and public relations. ||Are highly creative; know how to present ideas effectively; can persuade/influence people; can think strategically; and have good interpersonal skills. ||Courses, tutorials and workshops can give you an overview of the industry and help you star to make contacts.|
Build your own abilities and knowledge by seeking out marketing jobs that interest you.
|Advertising||It involves the development of the ad itself, the positioning of the ad, and consideration of how the ad fits in with a larger ad campaign. ||Are effective team workers; are creative idea generators; have a technical or computer background; and can implement innovative ways to deliver advertising.||Being an English major is a good foundation but it must be matched with training and experience in a niche market, a specialized skill, or a particular industry. Apply for internships to gain this necessary experience. |
|Technical Writing||Involves writing for business or technical purposes. Examples: developing proposals for a nonprofit or instructional brochures for a toy company. Technical writing jobs are available in the industries of computers, science, law, medicine, and more. ||Can translate complex ideas into plain language; have a command of mechanics of writing and editing; can adapt their writing style to suit a specialized audience. ||Seek out internships in industries that interest you ASAP. Contract or temporary technical writing assignments are a good foot in the door and could lead to full-time positions. |
|Public Relations||Involves acting as an intermediary between an organization and the public. ||Can research and synthesize information into a clear, memorable message; are creative "idea people"; have fantastic project management and interpersonal skills. || Develop a writing portfolio that exhibits versatility, creativity, and effective communication skills. Proven knowledge of a particular industry will help you secure a PR position. |