Living in Manitoba and dreaming of a career in radio or television? See yourself as a successful anchor, or thriving behind-the-scenes as a writer, producer, or editor?
There are a surprising number of career paths in broadcasting and digital media. This is such a diverse field with tons of potential. In Manitoba alone, there are approximately 45 radio stations, 8 television stations, numerous production houses, and many big companies with their own media departments.
You're in the right place to start a broadcasting career—but you'll need a specific set of skills to take advantage of the opportunities and find your perfect niche.
It all starts with quality training, and getting some relevant professional experience under your belt. This is the goal of every top-quality radio/TV broadcasting college.
Make no mistake—broadcasting is competitive. There are a lot of on-air hosts, budding YouTube stars, podcasters, and technical folks out there, trying to break into this field.
Do you have what it takes? Would you do well in a broadcasting program, and find your feet in the Manitoba radio/television industry?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself, to find out if you'd be a good candidate for radio/TV broadcasting college.
Do you know what broadcasting training includes?
This is crucial. Many prospective students we meet with aren't clear on what's included in college broadcasting training. This program covers a lot of ground!
Even if your final goal is to become a famous on-air presenter, you can expect to work on much more than hosting and interviewing skills in this training.
You'll be building skills in every area of the business. Your courses will include instruction and hands-on practise in:
- Television production, camera operation, lighting, and sound
- Broadcast journalism, reporting, and copywriting
- Audio/video production and editing (using industry software like Final Cut, Adobe Premier and Adobe Audition)
- How to produce investigative reports, documentaries, sports, news, and weather
- Broadcast sales and marketing strategies
By the time you graduate, you'll have done dozens of projects using all of these skills, and have completed a professional demo reel.
After learning all the different aspects of the business, most students end up with a much clearer sense of which broadcasting role they want to pursue. And in some cases, it's quite different from the plan they had at the start of training.
Herzing's broadcasting diploma also includes 100 hours of internship, to make sure students get some field experience before hitting the job market.
This is key for building confidence, connecting with possible employers, and putting your new-found creative and technical skills into practice.
Sound like what you're looking for? Ok, great. Keep on reading!
What are your career options after radio/TV broadcasting college?
After going over all the topics and skills included in training, you probably have a good idea of the various career paths in broadcasting.
But it's really important to clarify your options before you invest in radio/TV broadcasting college—so you know exactly what to expect after graduation.
We spoke with Herzing's broadcasting instructor, Beth Edmonson, to get the latest on where students are landing jobs after the program. She says:
"I am excited to see quite a few graduates are choosing careers in digital media—and making money doing it. While some people come to school to learn to be radio hosts, news anchors, and camera operators, others want to be YouTube stars or podcasters. In today's industry, traditional media and new media have learned to play together nicely. Broadcasting grads really can do it all. "
Want to work at a radio or TV station? Beth says new grads almost always start in positions as:
- production assistants
- promotions assistants
- radio street teams
Hoping to go straight into an on-air host role? Your best bet is the rural Winnipeg market, at a small station. Beth reports that many of her program graduates have landed on-air jobs immediately in these areas.
See our whole interview with Beth Edmonson here: Starting a Broadcasting Career in Winnipeg: Advice for Newcomers
Are you willing to be flexible about your first broadcasting job?
Like newbies in any profession, it helps to be realistic about your very first job after broadcasting college. Will you land your dream position right away? Probably not.
Will you spend your first year getting a lot of coffee, coordinating other people's schedules, and doing other kinds of grunt work? Probably yes.
Let's say you start out as a TV production assistant. Here's what you'll spend the majority of your time doing:
- sending emails and booking appointments
- driving crew members and equipment around town
- securing copyrights
- booking studios, production equipment, performance and production staff
- getting snacks and coffee
- making and distributing script copies
But while you're doing all of this, you'll be learning the ropes, observing experienced professionals, and paying your dues. Do your job well, and you'll soon move up into more challenging and rewarding roles.
Are you truly passionate about a career in broadcasting?
True passion is what fuels success in any career, and broadcasting is no exception. If you're passionate, you'll be willing to work hard during training, hustle at your first job, and put in the time needed to hone your craft (whether it's presenting, editing, marketing, sales, camera work, production, etc.)
Here's the good news: radio/TV broadcasting college attracts students from all backgrounds and walks of life. There's a lot of diversity in this field. If you're ready to learn, and have a genuine interest in broadcasting, you'll do well in training.
Beth describes her best broadcasting students as "witty, creative individuals, who are ready to soak up as much information as possible."
Sound familiar? If you're nodding your head yes, and seeing yourself in each of these points, you'd be an excellent candidate for broadcasting training.
Your next step is to speak with Admissions. Chat live with an Admissions Advisor right now, or click below to explore the program and request information. We're here to help!