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Top Journalism Conferences for Students & Educators to Attend in 2014

mikeIn case you’re looking to ramp up that Rolodex (sidebar: does anyone really use a traditional one anymore?), look no further.

Dan Reimold of College Media Matters compiled a list of “the most indispensable, regional, national and international conferences in 2014 for individuals practicing, teaching, advising and studying journalism.” Read more

Utah Reporter Faints on Air & Then Finishes Interview

The show must go on, right? How’s this for an impeccable work ethic? After Brooke Graham, KUTV reporter passed out in Utah, she got right back up and continued to report.

She tweeted, “Apparently if you want your phone to ring constantly for 72 hours the best thing to do is pass out on live TV.” Read more

Meredith Vieira Describes Her New Talk Show in Three Words

Photo credit: Erek Ekroth

Photo credit: Erek Ekroth

On Monday night at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, we snagged an exclusive with Meredith Vieira and the very humble journalist and former Today show anchor dished about her upcoming show.

What can we expect from The Meredith Vieira Show which debuts on the tube next fall?

“I used three words to describe it,” she tells MediaJobsDaily. “Heat, heart and humor.” Read more

Alex Trebek & Deborah Norville Share Insight for Career Climbers at Hall of Fame Awards

ladderIn our other piece today, we interviewed CEOs and executives for their advice for making it big in the industry spanning decades.

Well, in this piece we’ll focus on on-air talent in the press room with our exclusive interviews with Alex Trebek, one of last night’s honorees at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards, and Inside Edition host Deborah Norville.

If you want a long career in broadcasting, better yet game show hosting, Trebek is certainly the man to share advice. He’s hosted Jeopardy! since 1984 and even before that he hosted The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers and Pitfalls. He revealed:

“First of all, get a college education, then pay your dues, work your way up, start at the bottom. Start in radio or in small magazines if you want to pursue a career in that side of the business but if you want to be in front of the camera, pay your dues, work hard and then pray to God that an opening comes up in the area in which you are able to demonstrate some skills. You can be the best game show host in the world but if nobody’s producing game shows, you’re unemployed.” Read more

CEOs & Executives Dish Advice at Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards: ‘Take Your Boldest Shot’

on airLast night in Manhattan, the industry’s most notable pioneers were inducted into the 2013 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily (ahem, we’re looking at you) conducted exclusive interviews for our faithful readers.

Although the recurring themes of staying on top of technology in a constantly changing field certainly resonated, all of the executives had something in common. Two words: executive presence.

So, the next time you walk into a room, think about how you can command it without saying a word. Although perhaps the execs weren’t as easily recognizable as when Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan walked the red carpet, just by looking at pioneers in the industry, you knew they were each someone special in italics.

Let’s hear what they have to say about making your mark in the industry we love so much… Read more

From Blogger to Talk Show Host, Nitika Chopra Reveals the Secrets to Success

on airLet’s face it: Most of us have a blog and a professional brand whether or not there’s a full-time job involved. And most of us have big dreams to cultivate our brand and launch it into a show, product…anything!

Nitika Chopra is one of us but here’s the difference: She’s been there, done that and sat down with us to dish.

Last night at the premiere of her show, Naturally Beautiful, in New York City we picked her brain to learn the secrets to her success. After all, she started her blog, Your Bella Life, with the sole purpose to become a talk show host!

In our exclusive interview, Chopra dishes:

“I was very, very clear [about what I wanted] and I was also very clear that no one knew who I was. So, I was like, ‘Okay, that’s nice that you want a talk show but no one knows you so you’re probably not going to get one tomorrow.’ Instead of giving up, I decided that I was going to figure out what are the elements of a show like the guests that you would have, the topics that you would have and me being on camera and put that on a website. And I literally meditated on it every day for the past four years and then I got a show.” Read more

Teen Mom Creator on How to Get a Job at MTV

Lauren Dolgen, creator of MTV’s popular 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom franchises, first got her foot in the door at the network as an intern. With 16 years at MTV and several hit shows under her belt, the head of West Coast reality and EVP of series development spoke with Mediabistro about how others can break into the biz.

“I actually was an MTV intern, like, a gazillion years ago, but it really sparked my interest in television, really sparked my interest in MTV in general,” she said. “I also think that production assistant work and getting in on the production side is a really great experience, and I think that it has helped me, as well, in my career. Especially on the development side, knowing production a bit really does help, because when you are asking your producers for things, you recognize what you’re really asking for and will help strategize to get those things and accomplish them.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Lauren Dolgen, EVP of MTV’s Series Development?

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Journalism is Among Top 10 Occupations to Most Likely Attract Psychopaths

Spoiler alert: What you’re about to read is a bit unsettling.

AOL Jobs recently indicated a recent book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, outlines several fields which are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

Unfortunately for us, media jobs (primarily television and radio) ranked third on the list and journalist follows in seventh place.

Perhaps the explanation will provide more insight. As per the piece, Kevin Dutton, the author, indicated that ”a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals — attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus.” So, maybe it makes more sense now that we think how objective broadcast professionals and journalists must be to distance themselves from reporting.

Without further ado, here’s the list of occupations with the highest rates of psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

As for the lowest rates of psychopathy:

1. Care aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She believes in hard work and starting at the bottom. In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian Revolution with her family was the first step of a journey that took her from a local NBC station in Rhode Island all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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After 35 Years, ‘Click and Clack’ To End Show

We’re a little devastated about this, because Saturday mornings in Chez MediaJobsDaily are not complete without the ear-shatteringly annoying laughter of “Click” and “Clack,” aka Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka The Guys Who Have That Show About Cars That Would Probably Be 90% Shorter If They Cut Out The Laughter.

Jim Romenesko posted the release earlier today. We learned that “Car Talk” has been broadcast on NPR member stations for 25 years, and 10 years before that on WBUR in Boston. Tom, the older brother, will turn 75(!) this year, and Ray is 63.

In the statement, Ray said: “My brother has always said, ‘Don’t be afraid of work. Make work afraid of you.’ And he’s done it. Work has successfully avoided him all his life.”

NPR will continue to distribute old episodes so member stations can air reruns if they like. “The work they did five and 10 years ago is just as funny now as it was then,” Eric Nuzum, Vice President for NPR Programming, said in the statement. And the guys will update their website and write their twice-weekly column.

The guys’ admittedly terrible jokes and bantering isn’t for everyone, so some people may be happy to learn that the show’s over, we admit. Either way, after 35 years of doing this, they’ve earned retirement. But again, personally, it’s a bummer. It’s also probably a bummer for the staff, which numbers 11. We’re also afraid that without the business Tom and Ray were sending them, the law firm of Dewey, Cheetham and Howe might go out of business, to say nothing of the brothers’ staff accountant, Candace B. Rittenoff, director of year-end bonuses Holly Unlikely, or poor customer service rep Haywood Jabuzoff.

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