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FTL_Ian

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Consider getting a job with a local TV, AM/FM station, or newspaper.  It's a great way to learn the business and gain skills and contacts.  Not to mention do a lot of good for the Liberty movement in NH!

It's easy to get a job in the media.  Here's the secret formula:

1.  Become an intern.  This means you will work for free.
2.  Show up on time.

These days interns get hired pretty quickly.  The internship will let you meet decision makers and learn the different roles in the business (on-air, production, traffic, promotions, engineering, programming, etc) so you can decide what is most interesting to you.

You can be the media in NH, and you don't have to invest more than your time.
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Fantastic idea, Ian!

Folks, being an "insider" in the media is one of the most powerful things you can do in defence of Liberty.
This is an excellent path for anyone who is not sure about where they will work -- just out of High School or College, or don't have any particular profession? This may be your calling!

This is a long-term strategy, but one with such fantastic payoffs....

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Is that why we had the head of the Union Leader at the NHLA 2006 Liberty Dinner?  Or was it because he said the paper supports these issues that most FSP members agree with: no income tax, no sales tax, no seatbelt laws for adults, no motorcycle helmet laws for adults, 2nd amendment, letting companies make their own smoking policy
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Yes, media doesn't pay squat up front.  You'll have to "pay your dues", and work for scraps for a while before you can really start to earn a living.  (I'm coming up on 10 years in radio, and I still don't make crap.)  A rule of thumb is that you need to put in 10 to 15 years before the money starts getting good.

However, just because you're making a pittance doesn't mean you aren't able to influence viewers/listeners/readers!
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Yes, media doesn't pay squat up front.  You'll have to "pay your dues", and work for scraps for a while before you can really start to earn a living.  (I'm coming up on 10 years in radio, and I still don't make crap.)  A rule of thumb is that you need to put in 10 to 15 years before the money starts getting good.

I can confirm this. I have a BA in Journalism, with a concentration in Broadcasting. After graduation, I owed the Army 3 years as a lieutenant, and when I finished active duty in 1989, I was making about $28k. I got knocked back to $18-20k for a couple of years, and finally got back up to my Army income around 1993.

I never even considered working in broadcasting or journalism. People I encountered were puzzled; "Why not? They make lots of money!" That's when I'd patiently educate them on how the business works. First, you work for free, then you work for slave wages, then you get fired and start over. Repeat every six months, pay your own way to move across country for the privilege of repeating the process, and maybe, someday, if you kiss enough butt and stab enough backs, you can break out.

Yeah, national anchors make huge amounts of money. Nationally recognized reporters make a good income. But on local stations in small to medium markets, anyone you see on air doesn't make squat. Ad salesmen usually make more than on-air talent. In radio, it's even more extreme: salesmen drive luxury cars, while the program director drives a hoopty, and the talent take the bus.

But for those with the time, I second the notion: become an intern. You don't have to make money to influence what people read and see in the media.

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I spent about 15 years in R&R radio before my present career.  I finally left when my son was born because the money was terrible relative to other work.  It was great fun, but the reality of life set in!  Now that I am starting to 'retire', I do think that radio in NH might be a kick!   ;D 
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Yes, you may not be making squat, but people actually care about what you have to say when there's a 50,000 watt transmitter behind your voice.  (Yes, there may be a 50,000 watt station in NH by the end of next year that will be *very* valuable to us...)
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Re: Be the media, get a job on the inside of radio, television, or print in NH!
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2006, 04:10:11 am »

"In radio, it's even more extreme: salesmen drive luxury cars, while the program director drives a hoopty, and the talent take the bus."

Isn't that the truth!

Moving to NH in 2007, and if I can find a part-time radio job somewhere, it will be a factor in deciding where I move. Where's the 50K station going to be?

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Re: Be the media, get a job on the inside of radio, television, or print in NH!
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2006, 10:03:37 am »

Where's the 50K station going to be?
Consider also:
* doing podcasts (whereby the WHOLE WORLD can hear your voice)
* local radio (50 Watts instead of 50,000)
* Web Blogs (mainstream newspapers like the Concord Monitor have blogs, where some Free Staters are already contributing)
* Local Forums (like http://forum.nashuatelegraph.com , http://www.merrimackforum.org/phpBB2 , http://SeacoastConnects.com/forums , and others)
* Letters to the Editor
* starting your own local "freebie" paper (like the Keene Free Press, which many New Hampshire residents -- who are NOT Free-Staters -- absolutely adore)
* Intern at a paper
* Intern at a big radio station

I'm sure there are more, these are just off the top of my head!
"Be the Media" -- it's a powerful tool for Freedom!

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Re: Be the media, get a job on the inside of radio, television, or print in NH!
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2006, 03:07:13 pm »

Thank you, Denis, for setting me up so nicely.  Yes, there are other powerful media to channel the message of liberty, and one of those is the emerging 3D virtual world of Second Life.

But don’t take my word for it.  The New Media Consortium (NMC), is made up of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.  They have a blog dedicated to happening on their Second Life ‘campus’:

http://www.nmc.org/sl/

For a recent and good overview of the dynamics and cultural landscape of Second Life, see the blog of Henry Jenkins, director of the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachussets Institute of Technology:

http://www.henryjenkins.org/2006/09/experimenting_with_brands_in_s.html


Another notable development of politics in Second Life was the recent appearance in avatar form of former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, possible Democrat candidate for President. 

http://www.3pointd.com/20060831/mark-warner-speaks-to-the-virtual-world/

At this early point in the evolution of Second Life, small groups that are well coordinated can use the traditional media’s fascination with this world to their advantage for rippling media attention.  Every avatar counts, so anyone who is wondering what else they can do, get yourself an avatar (secondlife.com) , and join our Free State Project group.  We have some exciting ideas brewing.  Our upcoming SL event on Sept 16th is just the beginning.
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Yep, sounds good to me. I got experience in the media as a writer, broadcaster and content maker.

Does anyone in NH have a source of media job listings for me?
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Excellent, excellent ideas.  But don't interns have to be working towards a journalism degree?  Here in MO you have to be working for the journalism degree or they won't even consider you.  I'd like to work at a rock station/sports-talk/politcal talk station, but have never taken any journalism classes.  If it's possible to get on board without a degree, I'd jump at the chance! 

Without a "foot in the door" at a newspaper/radio station, I definitely anticipate writing lots of LTEs.
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Without a "foot in the door" at a newspaper/radio station, I definitely anticipate writing lots of LTEs.

I know Gardner Goldsmith, (one of the*) most pro-liberty talk show hosts in NH could use an intern.  No pay, but it will get you experience for sure....  I'll hook you up if you private msg me.

(* now that Ian and Mark have moved FTL to NH)

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