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Media and Digital Industries

Media and Digital Industries

Facts

  • There is a need for freelance workers to have wider business skills including marketing, networking and financial management.
  • Working in the media sector can be very demanding. You may be required to work long hours and spend periods away from home.
  • The vast majority of contracts are obtained by word of mouth so talent, ability and networking skills are paramount.

Earnings

Magazine Journalist £12,000 – £65,000
Media Buyer £18,000 – £26,000
Event Organiser £18,000 – £25,000
TV Production Assistant £14,000 – £30,000
Film Video Editor  -£18,000 – £70,000

Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source: www.prospects.ac.uk

Job Opportunities

  • Performing arts employment is focused within large cities, notably London. The film, music and broadcasting industries are similarly based in large cities, particularly London, Manchester and Birmingham.
  • The expansion of digital media has created a need for highly specialised skills, particularly in the visual effects and film industry.
Multi-skilled applicants are much sought after in media for their ability to understand different platforms of technology.
  • Local newspapers are a good starting point for budding journalists, providing valuable experience and training.
  • There are some large employers, such as the BBC, who offer graduate training schemes. Please see the useful contacts section to the right.
  • Working as a freelancer in the media industry is now commonplace, a trend which came about during the recession and looks set to stay.
  • Strong networking skills are a necessity when considering this course of employment.
  • Aspiring filmmakers are strongly encouraged to use social media to self promote and should ensure they keep an up to date showreel.

Alumni

Saul Fearnley is a TV producer and has worked as the Series Producer for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside other freelance production work. He left Blackpool Sixth in 1996 having studied English Literature, Language and Computing.

Ryan Mitchell left Blackpool Sixth in 2012 and now works at Sky as a Platform Controller. He took A Levels in Modern History, Media Studies and English Language.

Useful contacts

  • Skillset: The Sector Skills Council For Creative Media http://creativeskillset.org
  • Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk
  • Equity www.equity.org.uk
  • National Union of Journalist www.nuj.org.uk
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists www.nctj.com
  • BBC Work Experience www.bbc.co.uk/careers/work-experience
  • National Film & Television School www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk
  • 4Tallent http://4talent.channel4.com
  • ITV Jobs http://www.itvjobs.com/working-here/apprenticeships
  • Blackpool Sixth Creative Media Production YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/user/SixthMedia2012

Sources: http://creativeskillset.org, Prospects.ac.uk and www.gov.uk.