An Entry Level TV Job That Could Be Your Perfect Match

TV jobs come in all shapes and sizes, but so many of us only think of positions in front of the camera or as a Producer or Director. There is so much more to the industry and that is why we are going to start introducing you to some of the less heralded jobs in the TV industry, starting today with a little background on being an Assignment Editor:

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content WorkinEntertainment.com: When I was a teenager I figured out that I wanted to work in the Television Industry, but I really had no idea what that meant. I didn’t know the different types of jobs or the potential careers that were out there, all I knew was I thought the people talking on the screen were pretty cool and I wanted to be a part of it.

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As an assignment editor you are always in the heart of the newsroom developing stories

As I progressed in my career, I learned there are a wealth of jobs out there that most people never even get introduced to. So I want to start doing that, I want to start introducing our audience to some jobs that are out there that could be a good starting point for you but you may never have heard of.

We’re going to start out talking about becoming an assignment editor. An assignment editor is one of the most important jobs in the newsroom, whether it is in sports or in live nightly news. Essentially they are the air traffic controller or point guard of the newsroom, they are the ones working the phones, making calls, finding out about stories, listening to scanners and knowing what is happening in the community at all times.

They are constantly calling sources to get more information on a story, talking to publicists etc. As they start to hear about devleoping stories happening out in the real world, then they have to make journalistic decisions on what is important and what isn’t. After they assess the value of a story, they assign reporters to cover the most important ones, sending them out with a camera crew. They are really the agenda setter or the pivot point of the entire news operation. They are deciding what is the most important – and as a story develops and they make more calls or send out a reporter, they pivot the information to the producers who then decide how to value the story and how much time to dedicate to it within their show.

It’s a fast-paced, exciting job, that is constantly moving and requires multi-tasking skills. It’s a great starting point to become a producer or management because you are involved in so many facets of the newsroom. Many times you start out as an assignment editor, as an entry level job, and there will be promotion opportunities within the group to assignment manager or desk manager – and then progress onto higher management positions.

Really, it’s powerful position that not many people know about and is worth you investigating further.

We’ll include some links down below for all of our assignment editor jobs that we currently have on Work in Entertainment, read some job descriptions and decide if it may in fact be a perfect position for you to start your television career.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

Comments

  1. Stephanie Butler says:

    Thank you for your services. This is valuable information and as well as a valuable resource for those starting out in the Industry!

    • That’s great to hear Stephanie! Let us know if we can ever help – Brian

      • Susan Aryamanesh says:

        Hi Brian,

        I like to work from home on part time basis. Do you have any entry level
        Assignment Editor opportunities for me?
        If you do please contact me at 408-507-4376.

        Thank you.
        Susan

        • Sorry Susan, but working from home isn’t an option for an Assignment Editor – they are in the heat of the newsroom! – Brian

        • Meredithlabrams@gmail.com says:

          You always have to be in a new s room, no one works at home , Hello Brian I m very tough person worked behind the scenes in a local tv station would like to get back in the business. 315 525 9160 Due to the economy I was out of work, lost a parent in nursing home abuse in one yr I m very tough person. I know you have to be for the new s broadcast business

  2. Sasa Buljovcic says:

    Thank you very much Brian you are very helpful I never heard of this position but its very interesting

  3. Thomas W. Longeway says:

    Mr. Clapp,
    I am very interested in a position with you however I cannot afford to pay the fees necessary to apply.
    I have a significant skill set and am more loyal than anyone in the business. I am, tireless in my work ethic and will be an asset to you.
    I am on LinkedIn for your review and would like to connect with you.
    My CBR is 818-762-4300 Home office or 818-324-0798 Mobile

  4. Shekinah Christisn says:

    Thanks for the information never knew this kind of postion existed I look forward to hearing more about other jobs in the tv or music industry

  5. I don’t have a lot of experience. I have been looking for an entry level position within the television industry. The struggle I face is the experience that is needed that most companies demand. Some want you to have a years worth of television production, while I only have 8 months.

    When I looked up Assignment Editor positions. Companies like Fox want you to have 3-4 years of experience. How do you get this experience when most internships are hard to obtain? After you graduate it’s even harder.

    I wish getting a entry level position was easy. It’s not like I don’t have connections, which I do. Of course, none of them will help me get a job. Most people want you to get a job on your own, since they worked hard to get where they are today.

  6. I just watched this video for the first time in a few years and I realize I should never shoot videos when sick. My eyes/face look awful — why hasn’t anyone made fun of my appearance? You guys are too kind!!

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