The media industry is massively important – without it, they’d likely be nothing to watch, see or do. Like you, most people rely on it in some way for the latest news or entertainment- be it through TV, radio or online. At the start of the pandemic for example, broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all recorded their highest number of views in six years, according to the BBC.
This has resulted in a demand for particular jobs in the media industry. From broadcast journalists to video editors, here are just some of the roles that continue to thrive (even through a global pandemic!)
Broadcast journalists and reporters provide a very significant role in investigating and sharing important news with the public through radio or television. They’re out filming at hospitals, talking with politicians and take to social media to listen to the views of the public before their story goes ‘live’.
In an age where information is at your fingertips, you might find it’s becoming harder to distinguish between fact and ‘fake news’. Journalists have a greater responsibility now, to ensure the information they provide, the people they interview and the facts they recite are completely accurate. Do you investigate something online if it doesn’t sound completely true? If so, a career in broadcast journalism might be calling.
Spielberg, Scorsese and Cameron are probably some of the names that come to mind when you think: successful film producers. However, according to Ofcom, there has been a significant rise in YouTube views in March 2020, from a record 22 million users, making it the most-used online video service, ahead of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.
Both experienced and amateur film makers are taking to YouTube to kick start their media career and are reaching audiences larger than they could have ever imagined. Superwoman, PewDiePie and Zoella are just some of the names you’re likely to have seen on the platform. From solo comedy sketches to short films about environmental farming, there are many more avenues for you to showcase your talents.
Naturally, with more cat videos filling up your timeline, a demand for video editors has seen an uptake within the industry. They’ll often take hours of footage, like from a press conference and compile a short, yet inviting video that will make you want to click that ‘Like’ button.
As remote working is becoming the new normal, companies are looking to editors to provide more imaginative content that can reach audiences in an entirely different way. Similarly, many successful YouTubers are always looking for creative thinkers to edit their videos, Instagram reels and TikTok’s. Could this be you?
Freelance graphic designers are always in demand – their skills support almost every other industry. They are excellent at presenting large amounts of complicated information in the easiest manner to understand, usually through graphics or info graphics.
The graphic design industry is somewhat of a chameleon, and has become much more involved in the growth of the gaming industry. Even prior to Covid-19, gaming amongst young people was on the rise and with more people indoors; it is the perfect opportunity for designers to work on popular games. Just imagine designing graphics for the next Fortnite release!
That OOTD you just posted on Instagram might not seem like photography, but most careers in media start with a passion for something.
Photographers use the medium as a way to communicate, raise awareness and document life experiences through a lens. Most photographers specialise in one area that they are interested in, such as photojournalism, nature or fashion.
It’s important to have a variety of work to show all your skills and experience, so keep hold of that Instagram account – it could be the start of your portfolio.
The media industry has become an important part of all our lives – the bigger it grows, the more job opportunities we will see in the future. It is one of the most resilient industries to work in, and even though it has its challenges, it always bounces back in all its creativity.
If you can see yourself in one of these roles, our socially distanced media courses can help you get there. We provide practical, hands on experience using industry standard cameras, Mac video editing suites, a green room and full media suites so you can go ‘live’ on your career, faster.