Thursday, August 23, 2007

Entry level woes

After the job fair at NABJ's 32nd annual convention in Las Vegas this summer, it became clear to me that I needed to stop calling myself a multimedia producer. Why? Because I might be selling myself short.

It is my opinion that most recruiters do not know how valuable (in $$$) the multimedia skill set is worth in other industries. (Or they don't want to admit it.)

Journalism is my passion...and producing multimedia packages (similar to this at the WaPo) is something that I truly love doing. But what incentive do I have to take my skill set to a newspaper? I live very close to Silicon Valley, the tech hub in California. Working for Yahoo or Google is sounding pretty good right about now.

Papers will pay you this, entry level, if you are lucky:

And this is what I can get at companies like Yahoo or Google, entry level:

These salaries are based on salaries reported in my zip code. So why am I in journalism again?

I know, I know. Because it's what I love to do. But...damn. Seems as though whether or not you have these skills won't get you paid more at a newspaper. Am I wrong?

Please, someone tell me I'm wrong!

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Posted by Aaron Morrison at 5:08 PM | link

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It depends on where you go, because many of the papers I read consider multimedia knowledge gold. Be encouraged.

Posted by Anonymous Gene @ 7:36 PM, August 30, 2007 #

You are wrong .. at least based on what recruiters told me at the same NABJ conference. I left out that I started a reporting blog of which I designed myself and features flash multimedia reports and I was berated by one recruiter (from a prominent newspaper) for leaving it out!


Posted by Blogger RAGEditor @ 4:13 PM, September 26, 2007 #
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