Why do you think this particular city/state/television market would benefit from you working here?
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"I believe Albany, New York will benefit from me working here because I am already familiar with the northeast. I love the weather here, and know that snow is a big economy drive in the area. My prior knowledge of the northeast will help me gain insight into the topics that people in Albany care about."
The candidate should discuss their best qualities as they relate to multimedia journalism and how their knowledge of the job will benefit the whole community. The candidate can discuss ways that their reporting, writing, and photography could help spread the word on local issues, national concerns, or human interest stories to boost spirits.
A good response should make the candidate seem like they want to be a part of the community and will strive to get to know the location they are in. Oftentimes in the field, a multimedia journalist must move to a new part of the country that they have never lived in before, and they must demonstrate their ability to get to know a new area quickly.
"Since I am expected to be live every night on television, I need to wear makeup, which is a cost that adds up. I would like to have the station cover my makeup costs."
Besides basic benefits typically offered in a full time job such as medical and dental care, multimedia media journalists often receive a stipend for clothing, makeup, or other things that are required for them to do their job. Candidates should respond by mentioning what they received in their previous job, or what they expect they will need based on the job description.
What is your experience working with technology and social media?
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"I am well versed in using Twitter, Facebook, and most recently learned how to go live on Periscope. However, if viewers in this community like getting their information from another social media source, I am a quick learner who can learn how to do use it in no time."
The candidate should talk about their experience working with social media and the most up-to-date and popular social media technologies. This shows that once they create a story, they are able to share it on multiple platforms so the website or television station will gain viewers and followers. Multimedia journalism is a constantly changing field due to the rapid changes in technology, and the candidate must explain how they are with adapting to new technologies and how quickly they can learn.
A multimedia journalist is a writer and reporter who is expected to tell stories and gather information to report to the public via visual media. A multimedia reporter is expected to interview people of interest for a story, express what is most important to share with the public, and use pictures, video, and sound to convey the information to viewers, listeners, and readers.
To prepare for an interview in the field of multimedia journalism, one must prepare to discuss some of their previous works, and what their skill set can offer to the potential new employer. Employers in this field are looking for a candidate who not only can gather information and tell a story, but can also convey emotion through pictures and video and use visual media to add to the story. A candidate should prepare a short video tape reel they can share with the hiring agent to show their most inspiring work. The candidate should also be able to talk about potential stories they would be interested in working on within that market, and how their previous experience will help them succeed in this new location.
A candidate must also be able to talk to the hiring agent about all of the various forms of media they are capable of using. A multimedia journalist is expected to be able to use a camera phone, video camera, still camera, and some kind of audio recording device to gather stories on a daily basis. They also must be well-versed on social media and able to update the public with pictures or information from their stories throughout the course of their work on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other sharing platforms.