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How to Land Your Next TV Job

Breaking into the TV hosting and reporting industry is a difficult task. It’s super competitive and opportunities are often hard to come by. A standout Demo Reel is a key to getting noticed and many talent executives make a decision after watching only 30 seconds. If you’re looking to break into the field, or even advancing an existing career, Mediabistro is offering an opportunity to help you create the reel you need.

“Mediabistro Features Reel Reporting” is a three-day series where you will learn from, and work side-by-side with, TV agents and On-Air talent in the classroom and out in the field. Mediabistro offers several enrollment options, including entertainment reporting and TV news coverage.

Over 40 percent of “Reel Reporting” students have gone on to land on-air jobs. Check out some highlights:

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Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!
 

Comings and Goings

tvnewser logo_304x200Some staff announcements here at the ‘bistro. Jordan Chariton is leaving his post as TVNewser editor, and heading to TheWrap where he’ll be the New York media editor.

Meantime, we’re adding to two new faces to the site. Mark Joyella, who has been freelancing for us on TVSpy, will be joining Mediabistro full-time as co-editor of both TVSpy and TVNewser. Mark’s TV news experience has taken him from anchoring and reporting at local stations including WFTS in Tampa, WPLG in Miami, WNYW in New York and WFTV in Orlando. He’s also worked as a digital producer for CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” and is a past TV editor at Mediaite. Mark joins us next week.

And you may have already seen Brian Flood‘s byline on the site. Brian joined us Monday as co-editor of TVNewser. With a deep background in sports, Brian has been writing most recently for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. Before that, he spent five years at the National Football League working in game operations. He’s also worked as a researcher at MLB Network, a segment producer at the NFL Network, and early in his career worked at CBS, first as a news producer for CBS affiliates and later as a writer for CBSSports.com.

Join me in thanking Jordan for his contributions and welcoming Mark and Brian to the team.

TVNewser Show… in a Minute

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As we start planning for the next TVNewser Show & Media Job Fair, here’s a look back at last week’s event at which more than 900 people gathered to talk shop, learn about the future of the business, or find a job… and there was cake.

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Thanks for Helping Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

On Tuesday we celebrated 10 years of TVNewser at the TVNewser Show and Job Fair. More than 900 job seekers and seminar participants packed the New Yorker Hotel for a day of hot TV news topics: there were drones and there was cake. We talked about the future of Aereo, the state of local media, and diversity in the newsroom — and on the air. The day kicked off with a keynote from “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier, followed by a Q and A with the Fox News anchor. We’ll be writing up that conversation in the coming days, as well as posting several video interviews with, among others, NBC’s Tamron Hall, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Tribune Media president Larry Wert. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of some of the highlights.

At the TVNewser Show, Bret Baier, Social TV, and Drones

The TVNewser Show is underway at the New Yorker hotel. So far we’ve heard from Bret Baier, who compared covering Washington to “drinking from a fire hose — it’s nonstop.” We’ve heard about the legality of Aereo and the keys to reaching millennials from Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and HLN’s Albie Hecht. And a few minutes ago, we got a drone demonstration right here at the conference:

We’ll be a little light on posts today, but follow along with us on Twitter @TVNewser and using the hashtag #TVNewserShow.

TVNewsers Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

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In January 2004, a college student named Brian Stelter started CableNewser, a blog that covered the ins and outs of cable TV news. It quickly grabbed the attention of the people who work in all ranks of TV news: from top news executives, to ground floor production assistants; from anchors and  agents, to producers and directors. In May, 2004 Stelter’s CableNewser was featured in the New York Times. A couple months after that, Mediabistro acquired the site and renamed in TVNewser, to reflect expanded coverage of the broadcast networks. Some of the earliest supporters of the site are still reading today. We reached out to the networks and asked for their thoughts, 10 years on:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News: “I think if TVNewser goes back in history, they will learn that I was the first one on the national scene to give the site a shout-out. At the time, Brian Stelter was a college student blogging in a dorm room at Towson University. He sent me a nice note thanking me. It was fun for me to help him out and give him the shout-out. Now fast forward and lots has changed and people have moved on in the news business and so has TVNewser. What was once just a college blog has now morphed into a great website. Congrats on 10 years!

Chris Cuomo, CNN: “We need someone to watch the watchmen. Here is to 10 years and a job well done.”

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News: “Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thanks for all the valuable information. The stuff we hate to love and love to hate.”

Chris Wallace, Fox News: “It is remarkable to think TVNewser didn’t exist a decade ago. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I miss checking the site to get my fix about the industry.”

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Thanks, Anonymous Tipster

To the anonymous tipster who just left this in the tip box:

Whenever there is bad press for NBC (MTP in this case) you always post an article with a statement from NBC. However you never do the same with other networks, especially FNC.

If we were to receive a note from a Fox News executive about a Fox News program, or Fox News host, or, for that matter, ABC News or CBS News, rest assured we would publish it.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Friendly Reminder: TVNewser Party Tonight

Last chance: the TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party is tonight! Come join the sites’ editors and your fellow media professionals for a few drinks at Bubble Lounge in Tribeca at 6:30 p.m. Our parties are a great way to talk shop with colleagues across the industry and network with your fellow television news employees.

If you come to the party, you’ll also get a 20% discount on tickets to the TVNewser Show, which will be held April 29 at the New Yorker Hotel. So RSVP here, and we’ll see you in a few hours.

TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party • Tuesday, April 15, • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Bubble Lounge • 228 West Broadway

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Come to the TVNewser Party and Get 20% Off Tickets to the TVNewser Show

The TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party is just three days away! Come join the sites’ editors and your fellow media professionals for a few drinks at Bubble Lounge in Tribeca on Tuesday, April 15. Our parties are a great way to talk shop with colleagues across the industry and network with your fellow television news employees.

If you come to the party, you’ll also get a 20% discount on tickets to the TVNewser Show, which will be held April 29 at the New Yorker Hotel. So RSVP here, and we’ll see you Tuesday.

TVNewser, TVSpy and Lost Remote Party • Tuesday, April 15, • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Bubble Lounge • 228 West Broadway

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TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tonight

tvnshowsmallWe’re less than three weeks to the TVNewser Show where we’ll ask these questions and more: Is Aereo the future of TV, or will it be shut down before it really takes off? Are drones a safer way to capture news from the sky? How are broadcasters adapting to Web TV? Are newsrooms diverse enough? Is social TV a complement or a distraction?

We know you have your thoughts about all of these issues or want to learn more about them. So join NBC News anchor Tamron Hall, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more on April 29. And if you sign up before midnight tonight, you’ll get $150 off the price at the door.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today.

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