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I can answer almost all questions regarding careers in the world of local television news. Positions such as photographer, reporter, assignment desk, producer and management. I also have lesser knowledge in the production end of things- positions such as director, technical director, studio camera operator and promotions. I know a little about these positions, but not the extent as I do in regards to the news gathering folks. Also, you don't have to limit your questions to only careers. I've answered questions about news gathering gear, management position descriptions, reporter personality types, etc. for novelists, screenwriters and the just plain curious.

Experience in the area

I have been a photographer, producer and Chief photographer for over 22 years in both small and large markets. As a teacher and manager, I'm often called upon to answer questions regarding careers, skills and requirements of the television news profession. I can easily answer questions regarding job searches, getting your foot in the door and educational requirements as well as lesser known tips and tricks for researching your perfect station. B.A., Radio, Television, Film- San Jose State University Masters, College of 20 years in the trenches!


BA- San Jose State University

What do you like about this subject?

I like the variety in my daily life. One day, I may be in a boring meeting, the next finds me on the sidelines of an NFL game. No two days are ever the same. Plus, I sometimes get to do some good for the people in my community.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It takes a 10 hour day to put a 90 second finished story on the air! Plus, most TV news people are pretty boring.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some commentators think we try to slant the news in a particular political way. There's no time for that! Just getting it factual and on the air is an every day miracle.

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Recent Answers from Randy Hansen

2011-11-06 Job:

Sorry it took me so long to answer- I've been moving myself and my family across the US.    Only you can answer this question. Choose the job that you feel like you could enjoy and excel at performing

2010-11-17 Demo reel:

Sky-     Each ND is different when it comes to calling and their response to it.     I've called ND's who've stated "no calls" in their ads and when I didn't call, they later said I wasn't aggressive enough

2009-11-25 Tv news staff.:

This depends on the impact you want your reader to experience. Some of this can get rather adult, so forgive me for the language.    Is he unreasonable? I once heard a ND yell "That newscast was an abortion!"

2009-11-24 Tv news staff.:

Most TV stations are rather nondescript. Most are drab, uninspired block buildings built to a budget. A few are palaces of broadcasting- with glass spires, marble entryways and spiral staircases. This

2009-11-20 Tv news staff.:

Demetrius-    The boss- in fact, the last word, in the news room is the News Director. The News Director (ND) is the person to whom everyone in the newsroom ultimately answers to.     This person (usually


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