Large company Vs. Small company

I am going to list for you the advantages and disadvantages of each company. Deciding what style of company is best for you, can make or break your career.

Large company- Advantages.

  • Exposure to lots of experienced people
  • Expectation of higher salary, at least initially
  • Potentially the ability to be less visible, since you are among many others, allowing you to possibly try different things.
  • The expectation of job security.

Small company – Advantages

  • Potentially more responsibility right away
  • less structure and more relaxed atmosphere
  • Less competition
  • More flexibility to do what you want

Large company – Disadvantages

  •  More eyes on you, means more people criticizing you, and your work
  • More competition, making it more difficult to advance within the company
  • More structured environment, which means more rules and structure

Small company- Disadvantages

  • Less money available for pay and other resources
  • Less potential opportunities to learn from others
  • Greater risk that company could fail

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Smith, M. (2011, May 3). Large Cap (Big Cap) Definition | Investopedia. Retrieved May 5, 2014, from http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/large-cap.asp

Badenhausen, K. (2013, September 10). America’s Best Small Companies. Retrieved May 10, 2014, from http://www.forbes.com/best-small-companies/

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The job

Jobs do not fall out of the sky. Being well-spoken and confident are key to impressing employers.   Jobs in sports broadcasting are only on the rise. When you think of sports broadcasting, the first thing that probably comes to your mind, is ESPN. It is is by far the most popular sports network, and is filled with former athletes and seasoned broadcaster veterans. However, there are an enormous amount of other broadcasting stations. For example, the Pac-12 Network was recently launched and NBC is expanding to a Sports Network. There are also many  college networks that are out there. Such as the longhorn network, The sec football network, and thousands of local high school networks. There are opportunities out there, and starting small and working your way up, is the best way to go. “You have to find your role and make sure that it not only helps our team and helps the people around you and your teammates, but find a way to make it take a step in your career too,” Wilde said. “Look it doesn’t help me and it doesn’t help you to go plug my meter or to go get me coffee. Take every opportunity you can to learn something.  Soak in and be a sponge on every single opportunity and then once you kind of find your path and realize what you want to do whether it’s marketing, writing, radio, production then pursue that and find what you’re passionate about here and make that your own.”(Wilde,2009,p.1).

Adler, L. (2013, May 27). Job Seekers: 10 Key Steps to Get the Job You Deserve. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130527152829-15454-job-seekers-how-to-win-your-own-war-for-talent

Mcorsley, B. (2014, April 9). Sports Broadcasting: Sports in the Media. Retrieved April 26, 2014, from https://www.udemy.com/blog/sports-broadcasting/

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The business part of Sports broadcasting

It is important that students who want this career be aware of the different salaries and responsibilities that exist .What kind of salary can I expect to earn?  What will my responsibilities be?  Will this job lead me to my goal?  There are so many questions that students have as they get closer to graduation.  Most need these questions answered before they begin the job search an it  will be invaluable to them.The average annual salary for a sports broadcaster was $59,000 as of 2013, according to the job website Simply Hired. The pay is adequate, and you can live a nice and comfortable life style. The broadcasting industry is made up of several different departments. These departments include everything from writing, to  on-air anchoring. However, sports broadcasting is generally associated with reporting, commentary and analysis, often in an on-air or writing role. Sportscasters are frequently asked to research and select their content, write articles or scripts, and present their information on the air.“There are two types of people I come across in this profession. The first type is the person who views this job as a genuine craft or vocation. It’s a unique job with a specific skill set. That skill set needs to be observed, honed, practiced, studied and refined. It’s a profession, a craft and should be treated as such; with the proper amount of focus, preparation and dedication to detail.”(Berthiaume,2012,p.2 ) These are just some  of a sports broadcasters responsibilities, and as you can see there is a lot that goes into this job.  Hopefully, at the  end of  the day, through  your job, you will achieve your  career goals.  

Chelesenik, J. (2014, January 22). Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Retrieved May 3, 2014, from http://staatalent.com/2014/blog/8-tips-for-landing-your-first-sports-broadcasting-job/

Nix, J. (2011, September 9). Broadcasting tip jar. Retrieved April 29, 2014, from http://stretchinternet.com/blog/2011/08/broadcasting-tip-jar/

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Internships are key

Internship opportunities that are available to sports broadcasting students, are  key to  a  students work and learning ability  in this field before one graduates.  In fact, the value of these opportunities are so high, that unpaid internships need to be seriously considered as well.  There are many television and radio stations throughout the United States that  are looking for interns; all of this  helps connect students with these opportunities so they can begin networking and make pertinent connections.  In addition, it is important that students who want this career be aware of the different job markets and opportunities that each bring.  Is it better to work in a small market or a big market? What kind of salary can I expect to earn?  What will my responsibilities be?  Will this job lead me to my goal?  There are so many questions that students have as they get closer to graduation.  Doing heavy research and investigating  about the  myriad  of different internships, is the key to finding the correct one for you. All it takes is one good internship, to set you up a for a job for the rest of your life. “Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation”(Hering,2010,p.1).Make sure that the University that you choose has a strong  journalism department, which can provide these amazing internship opportunities.Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a resume,  internships have other advantages . Such as the opportunity to try out your  potential career. Would I be happier in marketing or advertising. Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab? Chances to network,establishing relationships with mentors,gaining college credit. These are just a few off the top of my head. There is not really any disadvantage to a internship. Below I have  given you a graph, detailing the  differences in  students who  got jobs, after having been involved in some kind of internship.

Importance of Internships

Carpenter, J. (1970, January 01). Five internship secrets from superstar college interns. Retrieved April 15, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/09/living/ireport-internship-secrets/

Shah, N. (2013, July 22). How to Be the Best Intern EVER. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-be-best-intern-ever-bsns-list

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Extra Curricualrs

Extra-curricular activities that students can participate in, to help them get into the broadcasting world, include, radio, television or newspaper reporting.  Utilizing these areas of interest can be an important tool for students to learn about the different mediums available to them and what interests them the most.  Since I am a student at the University of Kansas, I will utilize information from my school as a means for students looking at other schools to replicate in order for them to find the best school for them. Currently, I am apart of two organizations on campus, that have directed me towards  gaining the experience needed, to break into the broadcasting scene. I  write for a paper  called  the Daily Kansan. It is a newspaper filled with tons of articles about the University, and  in it has several articles pertaining to sports. Writing about sports, and doing research for your writing, is a great way to get informed about the sports world. “You may not like every organization that you consider, so keep an open mind! Go outside of your comfort zone when looking for groups to join; oftentimes these are the most rewarding experiences. “(Frost,2011,p.2)

Extracurricular Activities

Frost, S. (2010, November 1). Importance of Extracurricular Activities in a Student’s Life. Retrieved May 4, 2014, from http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/importance-extracurricular-activities-students-life-35375.html

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What are the best colleges for broadcasting

You are starting your senior year of high school. You have a strong G.P.A ,good test scores.  You think you want to be a sports broadcaster. You think to yourself, where the hell do I start. The answer is education.  Finding the right school, with a strong journalism program, is essential.  It must have digital journalism, and in some way align with quality campus media, and professional publishing opportunities. Schools such as the University of Kansas, American University, Columbia University  are just a few of the top journalism programs in the country. All of these schools offer so many wonderful opportunities in the broadcasting field, and are the stepping stones to a successful career in broadcasting .  To find the right college for you  click here.

Reimold, D. (2012, December 4). 50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges and Universities [Updated for 2013]. Retrieved April 12, 2014, from http://www.collegemediamatters.com/2012/12/04/50-best-journalism-schools-and-programs-at-u-s-colleges-and-universities-updated-for-2013/

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About Me

Hello,fellow sports lovers. My name is Jordan Haberer, and I will be  the man, showing you the everything you need to know, to becoming a sports broadcaster. I am  originally from St. Petersburg Florida, but currently resided in Lawrence Ks, as a freshmen at the University of Kansas. I am majoring in strategic communications, and I plan on having a leadership minor.For many years of my life, I have dreamed only of becoming a sports broadcaster. I watch a ton of sports,everything from football to cricket.  I have played almost every sport out there, and if you cant tell by now, I am a sports nut. My goal for this blog, is to help people understand  the sports broadcasting world, and whether or not it is something that they might want to pursue, as a profession.

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From the mouths of the experts

“Just like I was told it wouldn’t hurt to learn Arabic if I wanted to work in news – it wouldn’t hurt to learn soccer and lacrosse if you want to become a sports broadcaster” – John Strong (left) .(Strong,2008,p.1)john-strong-mls-timbers-300x169

I think this quote fits perfectly, when it comes to the world of sports broadcasting. You have to know  such a variety of different sports, and knowing the inns and outs of every sport, even the less powerful ones is  keen to success.” I loved all sports, but soccer was my passion. It just happened to work out that there was far less competition for spots in soccer, and that’s something for a young person to think about: there are tens of thousands of other guys who’d die to do NFL games. Probably far fewer in other sports.” (Wilde,2013,p.3)Try to find  sports that aren’t as popular. At the beginning of your career, all you are looking for is a start. If that means working lacrosse and water polo games, then 100% go for it. A high GPA, a nice cover letter and resume, but in this industry that doesn’t nearly matter, as much as, a reel does. Being able to display your talents and show the employer what you are capable of is key.

 

Clapp, B. (2013, November 25). Becoming a Sports Broadcaster: Advice from a Professional. Retrieved April 29, 2014, from http://www.workinsports.com/blog/becoming-a-sports-broadcaster-advice-from-a-professional/

 

Networking and why you need it

Networking plays a large  part in  sports broadcasting. Knowing play by play announces, or maybe emailing a known  sports radio host, can be great people to learn from. Make sure you know everything about sports, before you even begin to adventure into it. It also comes down to who you know You never know, which one of these connections will be the ticket to  your glorious career. Prior to getting a job in this field of work, try to get a relationship formed with other professionals in the business. Using social media to contact them, such as twitter or fb are great ways to get in touch with them. LinkedIn is a phenomenal way to sell yourself and get your name out there. In this profession you must be aggressive. Do everything and anything you can to get your name out there. There more people that you can contact the better. You never know who might be looking for a bright new sports broadcaster coming  out of college. A big portion of this job, is who you know. Jobs in this profession are extremely coveted, and many people will be fighting over maybe 1 or 2 job positions. “Employers prefer to interview candidates referred by someone that they know and trust. Things like work ethic, personality, and cultural fit are hard to determine from a résumé, but a referral from someone in your network can ease the mind of employers.”(Paradise,2014,P.1). Find a way to make yourself stand out, be different. Maybe you have been in contact with one of the anchors on the show, and he gives you a good word in with the manager. One important thing you must know in all of this, is that you must must must stay in touch with as many people as you can, even if you believe that you have found a solid job. You never know if a better opportunity will arise; and there is always the chance of you being fired as well. 

Silverman, S. (2009, December 21). Skills for Sports Broadcasting. Retrieved April 13, 2014, from http://www.ehow.com/way_5783298_skills-sports-broadcasting.html

Paradise, M. (2014, March 6). Importance of Networking for Career. Retrieved May 7, 2014.Image

The whole package.

It is important that students interested in becoming a sportscaster are very knowledgeable about everything going on in the sporting world.  They should be up to date on the latest trades, sporting events, player news and much, much more. becoming a good sports talk host. Preparation is key to success. You must know everything about your topic before you appear in front of a large audience. No good professional sports broadcaster, will ever go into a show with out being prepared, and doing there fair share of research. Students should follow national sportscasters, read their bios, see what they are involved in, understand how they achieved their goals and seek their advice.  This job is only going to work out for you, if you are willing to go above and beyond the normal effort that goes in to a job. This profession is so unique, and so different then others out there, you have to be ready to give it you’re all. Following local media outlets can provide budding sportscasters with sporting news within their community, and allow for them to possible learn from the current  broadcasters working their. 

Huffman, D. (2010, September 15). The OICB Radio & TV Career Tips Blog. 6 Tips from ESPN on A Career in Sports Broadcasting. Retrieved February 28, 2014, from http://www.blog.beonair.com/bid/41427/6-Tips-From-ESPN-On-A-Career-in-Sports-Broadcasting

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