I still subscribe to TVJobs. That’s the web service that acts as a classfied ads service for journalists looking for jobs in television. I subscribed shortly after I left the news business last summer.
Every day I check the new listings, hoping to find something that interests me. In the past 9 months, I think I’ve seen one job that fit my experience and was in a place I wouldn’t mind living in.
My eyes widened a bit last night when I saw the NBC affiliate in Birmingham WVTM seeking a reporter. Birmingham is my home market and one where I always wanted to work.
Here’s the rub: The NBC owned and operated station in the 40th largest market in the country, is looking for a reporter with 1 year experience. 1 year. They basically are saying they will settle for a neophyte reporter who will work for low pay.
Where were these jobs when I was first trying to get in the business 18 years ago? In 1987 I interviewed at NBC-13 while I was an anchor/reporter for another NBC station in Florence, Alabama. The news director was very pleasant, invited me to stay the day to ‘see how they do things’, but I didn’t have enough experience to work in Birmingham. He suggested I continue working as an anchor/reporter in Florence and work my way up through the markets until I was ready to work for him.
How times have changed. Older experienced reporters are being forced out of the business because they make too much money, and stations go after the 24 year old reporters with little or no experience, but who will work for food.
Do you think the viewers notice?