Intro: Convergence is the buzz word in media houses today with recruits expected to move seamlessly between anchoring a show to writing for the Web. Multi-tasking is slowly becoming the order of the day
As much as we’d love to avoid it, the question that is continuously being asked at media schools is, ‘Is there job security in the media space today?
A few years ago as new entrants we always believed that the job would never leave us. It is we who would leave the job. Two decades down the line a lot has changed for this to be held as the truth. Again, this statement should not be read as, ‘I could lose my job anytime’.
Looking at the larger picture in front of us, we need to understand a few issues. The media space is continuously evolving today. The coming of computers has brought with it technology and with tech comes larger connectivity.
A reporter today in a newspaper house or television station is not expected to only go on the air. His role is increasingly moving towards writing the same story he has covered for television for the morning paper and that same copy could move onto the Web too. Multi-tasking is increasingly becoming the order of the day and tomorrows journalists are not going to be only print or electronic reporters but multi-tasking individuals who are going to cover both mediums effectively.
The new word ‘convergence’ is catching on in media schools and it is increasingly becoming the norm to understand both mediums very well.
There is more. With technology comes in skilled work force and as a reporter or news anchor you will have to look at good editing skills too. The profession today is in requirement of people but is looking for those people who are ready to change and adapt.
It is such a myth that only good looks make you television anchors. Look around, the best anchors are certainly not good looking at all.
The more innovative you are, the better you will succeed. Seeing the rapid transition in the media space, there is one important aspect that one continuously sees and that is, good people are always in demand. The job of course has never been a 9 to 5 one but today, rigidities of shifts allows you more spare time than it did during the years when we were cub reporters. You always went in at a particular time but came out at no particular time.
The most loved part of the media space is that every day is a new day. There is never a dull moment because news evolves by the second and not the minute. It’s a fresh new cookie in the over every morning.
Jobs are and will always be there. Most people who have moved across different media houses will say that they justify for prospects and not because they were laid off or fired. The greatest advantage in this space is there is always a job for someone. And yes, the salaries too are good. So it is unfair to say that there is no job security here. It is there and will always remain.