How to network properly.

  • WhoDey

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    Mar 24, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm in school to hopefully be a tv news reporter. I met a news director from one of the local stations at a charity event the other day. We didn't talk that long because he was fairly busy, but I introduced myself, and that stuff, I asked for his card and he gave it to me. But now, what's the next step now that I have his card? The station's website says there aren't any internships available at the time, so I need to learn how to effectively use this resource.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Mar 24, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    Why dont you email and ask him for advice, maybe pointers or something icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 24, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Email him and ask if he knows any stations that are taking interns.
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    Mar 24, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidHey guys, I'm in school to hopefully be a tv news reporter. I met a news director from one of the local stations at a charity event the other day. We didn't talk that long because he was fairly busy, but I introduced myself, and that stuff, I asked for his card and he gave it to me. But now, what's the next step now that I have his card? The station's website says there aren't any internships available at the time, so I need to learn how to effectively use this resource.

    Thank you in advance.

    When I was taking a TV degree the college department kept such intern opportunity information for the students. In some cases, depending on what the station or studio with an opening had specified, the college itself would make the choices or recommendations, based on their best students. Does your own college offer this?

    Otherwise just keep checking back, plus find out who coordinates the intern program at the station, see if you can go on a waiting list. When you speak with the intern coordinator make sure to mention that you were encouraged by the news director you met in person to apply for an internship. They may wish you to forward a resume, which as a student, should focus on all TV & news-related course work you have taken, plus any actual work you have done in those fields.
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    Immediately send him a card or a letter telling him that you enjoyed meeting him. Once you've taken that first step, send him an email, card, etc., once in a while to keep your communication active. If you find anything of interest to him, e.g., an article about news directing, send it to him with some original thought. The important thing is to be on his radar screen. Good luck.