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30 Questions and Answers by Christina Erne

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY.
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What are your salary expectations?
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The candidate should pose a realistic idea of what they hope to receive for a salary. Typically, multimedia journalists make between $20,000-$40,000 depending on the television market size located within the city at which the job is located. The more viewers the station or website receives, the more the multimedia journalist can expect to be paid. Therefore, the candidate should answer with a range of salaries based on their previous salary and what they expect to make in the new location.
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1.
What are your salary expectations?
The candidate should pose a realistic idea of what they hope to receive for a salary. Typically, multimedia journalists make between $20,000-$40,000 depending on the television market size located within the city at which the job is located. The more viewers the station or website receives, the more the multimedia journalist can expect to be paid. Therefore, the candidate should answer with a range of salaries based on their previous salary and what they expect to make in the new location.

Christina's Answer
"In my previous job, I made $28,000 as a multimedia journalist in Bangor, Maine. Since I am moving a long distance and in a higher quality publication, I would hope you would consider paying me between $30,000-$34,000."
2.
How does this position fit into your career goals?
This is a chance for the candidate to talk about how this job will fit in their dreams, instead of taking any job offer that comes along. The candidate must prove that this job is one that they will treasure, and will prove themselves to be exceptional at. They must demonstrate that they see themselves working as a multimedia journalist or another related job for the foreseeable future, and that this job will help them achieve a life goal.

Christina's Answer
"I have always wanted to be a multimedia journalist, and this job will help develop my skills, so that someday I can work at a national television station. At your station, not only will I produce great stories for you, but I will constantly be improving and fine tuning my skills, so that someday I can make it to national news."
3.
How do you plan to come up with fresh story ideas?
Finding good quality stories daily or weekly is crucial to being a multimedia journalist. The candidate should be able to provide examples of how they uncover stories in the community where the station or company is. Fresh ideas of how to find stories will indicate that the candidate will be constantly providing fresh content for the television station or website.

Christina's Answer
"One of my favorite ways to come up with story ideas is to sit at a local coffee shop for a few hours. I listen to what the locals are talking about, and I see where they are going throughout the day and what they are doing out the window. By getting a sense of what they read, what they wear, and what they are passionate about, I can find great stories they will care about."
4.
How well do you work with a team?
The candidate should discuss how they work with others, including those who will be editing and critiquing their work, and assigning them daily tasks. The candidate should demonstrate that they are willing to do any job and cover any story they are given, and are willing to help others in the office succeed by doing what they are assigned and finishing on time.

Christina's Answer
"I am a team player, and enjoy bouncing ideas off others within a group so I can produce my best work. I often find that team members help me improve my work, and find errors I have made that I did not see before. Also, I feel that I do a good job editing other's work, so they can also produce clean copy and great video."
5.
What is your least favorite part of being a multimedia journalist?
A good response conveys to the hiring manager that the candidate does not enjoy covering a certain topic, or does not enjoy a particular part of the job, but ultimately can overcome it. The candidate should always be positive about how they hope to improve, or how they could learn to love it if they had to do it. While the response should always end positively, it is a good response to let the hiring manager know what the candidate struggles with most, so they can ultimately decide if this particular job is a good fit for them.

Christina's Answer
"My least favorite part of being a multimedia journalist is transcribing interviews. I often remember the content of my interviews and it takes very long for me to type out each word of the interview so I can write a story. However, over time, my typing speed has already improved, and my accuracy has gotten much better as well. Luckily, it is just a small part of the job, and I am already seeing improvement in my own transcribing skills."
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