It's The Journey - 04/14/14
I speak to school groups with some regularity about being a tv reporter and news anchor. Invariably, whether it's grade school or college, young people want to know how much you can earn in this profession. Like most jobs, it's a wide range with many variables.
This is certain, if you get into this business right out of college you'll likely be working in a relatively small city and the pay will be low. It keeps some people who earned degrees in broadcasting or print journalism from actually pursuing a full-time job as journalists. I tell every young group I spend time with to dedicate themselves to learning your craft and make excellence your goal.
If you dedicate yourself to really learning the ins and outs of the business and truly make excellence your goal, the dollars and cents will take care of themselves.
I used to work for a manager who told me if you don't know where you want to go, any road will take you there. The older I get, the more those words resonate with me. I place a high value on the quality of the journey. Set your sights on what you want, dedicate yourself to learning everyday and pursue excellence. You do that, employers who want your skill set and work ethic will find you. When that happens, you'll find you're in a much better position to discuss compensation.