This is my first #WangsWorkWear blog post so I’ll start with a brief introduction =). Future posts will be shorter and straight to the point!
My name is Frances Wang and I’m an anchor/reporter at ABC10 in Sacramento, which is my hometown! It’s been a great (almost) 2 years serving as a voice for the community I grew up in. For those of you who have had the chance to get back to your hometown markets, you know what I mean!!!
A little about #WangsWorkWear: As many of you know, we are responsible for finding our own apparel on a budget. I don’t mind wearing the same thing multiple times…but it’s nice to have options in the closet! Friends, fellow newscasters, viewers, and even strangers who stumbled on my pages started asking where I got X, Y, and Z…I figured I’d connect them all together with a hashtag #WangsWorkWear and try to tag the brand and include any relevant details. I’m new to blogging so bear with me here!
I first started getting noticed nationally after I put together a map collage (with the help of my awesome ABC10 PA Stephen Leonardi) of all the girls in a female newscasters group wearing the newest trending Amazon dress. I dubbed it SISTERHOOD OF THE AMAZON DRESS. The map was able to demonstrate how girls from all over were wearing it! I didn’t mean for it to go viral…but it sort of did. First picked up by the Today Show and ended up on the MSN home page. Then Yahoo…Insider…ABC News…US Weekly Magazine…and a bunch of local outlets. Also TV SPY! Which is why I’m here.
My goal is to get a post up every 2-3 weeks with a handful of outfits I loved wearing on-air. Other than with Rent the Runway’s unlimited subscription, I aim for outfits under $30. I’ve even gotten amazing steals for $5! Nordstrom Rack is your friend. I personally prefer dresses and one-pieces like jumpsuits because it’s quick, easy, and I think looks smoother/sleeker on-air. BUT if I can piece together something with separate articles of clothing…even better. I avoid wearing jewelry unless it’s super simple because I find it distracting on-air. BUT that is just my personal opinion. I’ve seen lots of girls wear chunky, trendy, fashionable jewelry and be able to pull it off. My goal is to make these simple to follow without you having to purchase too many things. So without further delay…let’s break down some looks!
LOOK 1 – NBA FINALS, GAME 1
BRAND/STYLE: Alexia Admor, Mock Neck Flare Dress
WHERE: Nordstrom Rack
THOUGHTS: This dress is above my average price, but I couldn’t resist. It came in a variety of colors. I got the tango red and I wish I got them all – had to borrow this bright pink one from a co-worker. It may be a little too short for taller woman, but my mentality is…if it’s a little short…make sure it’s a flare so it’s not short AND tight. I also loved the longer sleeves and sort of turtleneck because I felt it made the dress more modest, despite the length. I got LOTS of compliments on this one…both on social media and in person at GAME 1 of the NBA Finals. The hot pink color definitely stood out!
This style is sold out but there are plenty similar ones on NordstromRack.com – just look up the brand Alexia Admor!
If you’d like to check out the rest of Frances’s looks and get more #styleinspo for affordable on-air attire, join the Reel Media Group Community! Membership is free – enroll here: http://www.reelmediagroup.com/register
Congrats to Ty Hawkins who has made his debut on the anchor desk at ABC-FOX Montana. He landed his first on-air gig through the RMG job catalyst program.
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Here’s his Facebook announcement.
Reel Media Group Alum, FOX/ABC Montana reporter and community member, Cassie Schrim, got the assignment every first-time reporter waits for. The story that goes national.
In 2017, that means a story catches fire, fast with the addition of social media. Cassie posted a blog on her personal site, The Newsie, outlining her experience covering the Ben Jacobs and Greg Gianfonte story last week. We love some of the things she talked about and think you can learn a lot too (or maybe identify with her story).
She a few experts from her experience below. You can connect with @cassieschirm in our community. It’s free to register just follow www.reelmediagroup.com/register.
After it hit Twitter we were put on a wild goose chase to figure out what exactly happened. Kolby went to the scene and I went to the hospital and social media. After seeing the Guardian reporter at the hospital there was a press release at the Law and Justice center’s detention center. I had no idea it would blow up this big. Normally when there’s a press conference it is only the local tv stations and the newspaper. Instead I was in a room full of journalist from one side to the next. Reporters from all over the world and national stations.I ended up working that day till midnight hoping to get ahold of the Guarfian reporter.
I wanted to try to be different so Kolby and I went off the tripod and did a walk and talk through the campaign party. It was fun and a little more extra work but it was worth it. I even had some of the of the other stations say they wish they would have thought of that.
I was covering this election from early into the morning until 3 AM the next day. Greg Gianoforte won the congressional seat and I was one of the first reporters who learned the AP called the election at 10:40. It was pretty big day in my career as well as for Montana.
It was crazy being in the middle of it. I know the area and the people here since have been working for 10 months in Bozeman. I had these big stations asking for my opinion or help when it comes to the area. I was able to talk with these fellow reporters. These reporters were reporters I hope to be like some day. With the breaking news I didn’t have time to be star struck it was more of just an admiration and push to set myself a part from all of these great journalist. I watched, learned and did the best reporting I could do. I’m proud of what I brought to the table and this experience is something I will hold with me for my journalism career because I truly did learn a lot from being apart of this media frenzy.
Wonder what the assistant news director in the No. 8 market in the country is thinking? Wonder what they think of your tape? Your social following? Now is your opportunity to find out!
Carlton Houston has been working in the news industry for nearly 25 years and has worked in a variety of cities around the country, including Kansas City, Tampa, Oklahoma City and now Washington D.C.
This Thursday Carlton will be joining Reel Media Group for Part 3 of our #AskANewsDirector series. Come and join the conversation, and hear about Carlton’s experiences as a reporter, producer and news director.
If you are new to Reel Media Group, welcome! #Askanewsdirector is a series where our members can get to know the ins and outs of the industry from an expert’s perspective and ask direct questions that you may not be able to get answers to otherwise.
This is just one of the resources available to All-Access members, and if you want to upgrade it is very easy, just follow the link www.reelmediagroup.com/register and use the promo-code reel10. This is something you will not want to miss! You can also check out other parts to the series, which are posted in the #AskAReporter group on RMG, that feature reporters Susan Geary and Kelly Kennedy.
See you all on Thursday!
Check out a couple clips from last week’s session with Kimberly Wyatt below.
This week we are featuring our RMG member Valerie Juarez, who works as Reporter and Producer at KHGI/KFXL, which covers the Lincoln-Kearney-Hastings region of Nebraska!
Valerie was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from St. John’s University in New York City with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She also earned her International Studies minor while studying abroad in three different countries: Spain, France and Italy.
Valerie is a bilingual journalist in English and Spanish, and is very active with The National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
She shot her demo reel with RMG Coach Christina Pascucci of KTLA that helped her land her current job last July. Check out her reel here and some of her latest work! Find her in the community @valeriejuarez.
If you are looking to land a job in a top market become a Job Catalyst program member like Jemeisha! Our job catalyst program is unlike anything other job search program out there for broadcasters/producers seeking 1st and 2nd jobs. For more about our job program read below!
Natalie Parsons is a reporter for WACH in Columbia, SC. She is also one of the first people to come through our demo reel bootcamp program in 2013. Her journey is inspiring though not always pretty, as she admits. It’s an important read for anyone who has thought about throwing in the towel. Don’t. If you can identify with this, join the conversation in our community by signing up at www.reelmediagroup.com/register.
It’s crazy to think that my “journalism journey” only started a few years ago because quite frankly it feels like it’s already been an eternity. I’ll be the first to say this experience has not been the so-called easy or glamorous life that people picture it to be. It’s actually involved MANY struggles. The end of 2016 I was at my rock bottom. I was depressed from feeling like I just didn’t fit in no matter what I did, missing out on family-friend moments because of the distance between NY-ND, not being able to survive at times on a small market salary…and oh we can’t forget about being fired a time or two for reasons you never thought a person could actually be fired for. Then there was the breakup with the boyfriend of almost 2.5-years because we were barely able to see each other no matter how hard we tried with our very opposite schedules. The last television station I worked at as a Multimedia Journalist in Fargo, N.D. was an affiliate for three stations but only staffed for one and was running me ragged. I felt exhausted, mentally beaten and on the verge of an eating disorder from losing too much weight due to my work environment. I hated getting up in the morning just to dread the super hard news story I’d be told to cover that day. (I’m a features and “soft side of the news” kind of girl!) I had officially reached my “do or die” moment. Things needed to change.
After reading that, you’re probably surprised that I’d even say that I love working in television. I love crafting stories, being creative, getting out into the world and meeting new people. Sending off my finished packages for air every day is such an incredibly accomplishing feeling, but the breaking news route was starting to put a damper on something that I truly loved to do. My friends and family back home in New York heard how miserable I was and even told me that maybe it’s time for me to give up on this dream and choose something else, but I’m not the type of person who gives up when the going gets tough. Anyone in this business knows that unfortunately you struggle in the beginning so as much as I was struggling I just kept telling myself that hopefully there would be a light at the end of the tunnel and it would all be worth it in the end like the saying “nothing good comes easily.” I don’t plan to give up until my head and my heart agree that a particular moment is right time…and that ain’t now. Throughout all my experiences, this quote I heard ABC7 New York Anchor Sade Baderinwa say would help keep me going: “Not everyone is going to get you and that’s okay. You just have to keep going until you find people who do.”
I sent out one resume and one reel…then left Fargo the end of February 2017 for my “dream job” as a Morning Traffic/Lifestyle Reporter in Columbia, S.C. I started in April and thus far it’s been the change I’ve been needing. The market is a breathe of fresh air and being back on the east coast makes it that much sweeter. Fargo had me on the sidelines never really giving me a chance to shine or spread my wings, but the new station has confidence in me so much that my face is all over town on billboards!!!!!
Young journalists need to know that if one job doesn’t work out and you have a passion for what you’re doing – look for different options to get you to your goals. Think outside the box especially with the changing scopes of the media world. Do what Baderinwa said and go look for that place where you can belong. Don’t let the misery of your current situation be your ultimatum. You don’t have to accept it. My mom always says,”You don’t have to be miserable. If you’re unhappy, do something about it. You and only you can do that.” YOU GOT THIS. I BELIEVE IN YOU!!! 🙂
Christina is an amazing mentor and respected reporter for KTLA. She has helped dozens of young broadcasters come through this program. Here are her tips for nailing your reel. If you want to work with her and shoot your demo in LA, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina worked with Valerie Juarez (reel below) who is now reporting in Nebraska!
Hi, everyone! My name is Page Jones and I am a RMG Student-Intern and ambassador. I am currently studying journalism and film at the University of Arizona, where I am also a reporter/anchor for the school’s broadcast station, UATV. As an upperclassman who is involved in many career-oriented clubs and classes, I am constantly surrounded by eager student-journalists who are preparing for graduation. Many students that are nearing graduation have completed apprenticeships or taken summer internships… but what can really prepare a graduate for the day that they accept their diploma and begin the next chapter? Here is a list of the top three things that graduate students are worrying about as the big day comes closer. Remember, connect with me in the community @pagejones.
Finding a job
Finding a job is the biggest thing that is worrying all students as they approach graduation. For broadcast students in specific, it is not only about finding a job, but it is also about the details. Will I need to relocate? Will I be able to move to a small town if I have to? The relationship between finding a job but also liking the job is intimidating for most students, especially in an industry where starting at the bottom is inevitable.
“I have applied to so many places but the bottom line is there are so many applicants and much fewer jobs. I am worried about having to move to another city if I do find a job somewhere other than Tucson. I have never lived on my own so that will be a big adjustment to make” – Michael Hernandez, Senior at University of Arizona Journalism School
A lot of students find themselves stressing over how competitive the job market has become. It seems like everyone has completed internships, started clubs, and taken on leadership-roles over the course of their college careers. In today’s competitive environment it can be hard for students to find ways to stand out. Some of the biggest concerns are, how do I make my reel different from the rest? How do I show job recruiters who I really am?
“So far it has been highly, highly competitive. You have to be the best and at the top of your game if you want to stand out”- Chris Delgado, Senior at University of Arizona Journalism School
Paying back student loans is something that a lot of graduating students are worried about. This becomes even more stressful when students know that their first job will not be paying as well as they liked. In addition, a lot of graduates are on their own financially after college, so the burden of being able to pay back loans as well as live independently becomes difficult.
College is about many things but the most important is getting prepared for the real world. When I was a freshman starting college in 2014 I was given a piece of advice that has stuck with me. The advice was to take every opportunity and never settle. This is important. If you do what you are supposed to and take advantage of every opportunity, whether it be to attend a career fair or meet with a professor about a grade, you will set yourself up to be much more prepared for graduation day. It is normal to worry about graduation, but like everyone else who has gone through it, remember to be brave and trust the years of education that has set you up for this moment.
If you want to join our community and get support through the job search, use my referral code PAGE10 when you register for 10% off a monthly membership! Also, if you think your reel isn’t up to par to send to schools, check out our Demo Reel Bootcamps in a city near you.
We have embarked upon a full on attack of established media corporations who will be summarily chided by a President who doesn’t appreciate or agree with their coverage. But this post won’t be about President Donald Trump only simply that the attacks on media for coverage deemed unfair or “made up” started long ago, in sports.
The role of the sports journalist has changed dramatically and with the advent of accepted sites like Players Tribune where an athlete can speak eloquently and directly to his or her fanbase speaks volumes to how marginalized the sports reporters are. But that doesn’t mean there is not a place for fair, balanced, nuanced and investigative sports reporting. The Los Angeles Chargers team site may not even address the reason why they aren’t in San Diego any longer and without real unbiased sports reporters, you’d never get the real story of why they felt they had (in their words) no choice but to leave their home for a half century.
Without real, balanced investigative journalists, you may never have seen the disturbing video of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching out a woman in a deli a few years back. And without that release and dedication to covering the teams and athletes we admire, Mixon’s talents truly would have swept under the rug a misdeed most of us would be in jail for.
This is not exclusive to negative stories. Without fair unbiased sports journalists, the My Wish series produced by ESPN may not show you the things teams are doing to help people and communities.
Sports journalists have gotten into their fair share of fights especially recently. Check out a fracas between a Sacramento Bee columnist who wrote about some unsavory activities by Kings star DeMarcus Cousins and a family member. Then watch the video of Cousins confronting the columnist. Then, watch the editor at large of the paper skewering Cousins using some references that easily could be construed as racial.
Or read about Michael Bennett, the Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman who cursed out a reporter who asked about a lack of pass rush in the latter stages of their season ending playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Bennett asks this reporter “what adversity had he ever faced,” assuming of course whatever his answer is couldn’t possibly be as difficult as trying to stop the NFL’s best offense on their home field. It turned out the reporter who asked the question is a cancer survivor. That doesn’t mean his question wasn’t stupid, but based on the outcome of the game, it appeared like a line of questioning that demanded pursuit.
Teams are controlling their own media outlets en masse. Full disclosure: The radio station I work for in Washington DC, ESPN 980, is owned by the Washington Redskins. Full disclosure: I’ve never been told what to say or what direction my content should take, which considering the circumstances seems mature of ownership. But of course, that wouldn’t stop anyone who wanted to insinuate the format to be more directive. Comcast SportsNet in Washington is partially owned by Ted Leonsis who also happens to be the owner of the two teams whose game rights are the livelihood of the network, the NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals. Full disclosure: I have been asked to periodically appear on Wizards pre and post game programming, and also I’ve never been told by management what topics are to be avoided etc. But I can only speak in both of these cases for my personal experiences.
Teams owning media outlets, including their own websites, digital initiatives and the rights to produce coaches shows etc only emphasizes that blurred lines between media and propaganda. But teams are shy in breaking their own news, which would be the last step to rendering employed journalists meaningless except in one critical place, free advertising. How much have leagues and local teams saved in free advertising by allowing interested media entities into their world? The answer couldn’t be measured. Go ask the teams in markets where the locsal press pays little to no attention. Their marketing budgets are swollen. How much does the New York Yankees have to pay in advertising in the new york region being that any sports fan of the team could find information about them in a multitude of sources and the information is so intricate, it’s not like a fan wouldn’t have access to the fullest picture at all times. Now ask the New York Red Bulls of the MLS if the coverage is enough? How do both go about selling tickets? Are the plans different, easier, harder?
The biggest heel turn in the history of this country is Trump’s desire to turn the public against the media for it was the media he used and manipulated for personal gain to be in this unprecedented position in the first place. Richard Sherman pulled his own version of this tactic just a month ago. Sherman is the charismatic cornerback of the Seahawks, has ridden fame in part to his stellar play, the likability of his team and of course their recent on field success. Sherman understands messaging. He, like Trump knows what will push the right buttons, move the needle. So when he criticized his teams offensive coordinator for a play call reminiscent of a fateful one that determined the outcome of a Super Bowl loss to New England, he spoke. The media reporterd his words and followed up with him a week later. But that exchange with a radio reporter who covers the team regularly didn’t go well. When a question about Sherman’s thoughts on the offense took a tongue in cheek approach, Sherman told the reporter not to try to start problems for him and that he’d make sure his career was ruined by taking his credential away. While incapable of following through with the threat, Sherman did continue his newfound media battle by refusing to speak to the majority of assembled credentialed reporters telling them it was a “privilege” not a right to hear him speak. To this point, he is actually right if you eliminate judging the ego part of such a statement. He doesn’t really need to speak. Whether he is that important to the daily news cycle might be news to him. And he might reflect at some point that participating with the media has helped him enjoy fame and with fame comes opportunity. Should the media decide that he isn’t worth the “privilege” of being an important voice worth recording, guess what happens?
Now, lets get to the matter at hand, which is fake media. Teams have (in many many cases) rightly disagreed with coverage they felt was unfair or in some cases, untrue. And President Trump may be right that the plethora of coverage of his run for office, his business, his life for that matter may include examples of poorly sourced guesswork. But that does make the media fake, or it’s important role in American society not palpable. We need the press. We need ethical journalists who cover Duke Basketball and who cover Russian diplomacy. To deny that is to deny a tenet of our society.
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Just yesterday we announced an exciting success story with an old RMG friend, Kelly Baumgarten… Today we have not one, but TWO new confirmed job placements through our signature Job Catalyst Program!!
Congratulations to Jemeisha Lyde and Peter Maxwell on their new positions as MMJ/Reporters at KUMV/KFYR in Williston, ND and KHQ in Spokane, WA respectively!
Peter’s placement came less than a MONTH after he joined our Job Catalyst Program, while Jemeisha’s is especially exciting for us since she came to us at the very beginning of her broadcasting journey to shoot her demo reel! Check out the reel we shot with her below!
We’re so proud of Jemeisha for landing her first on-air position, and happy to have helped her in any way we can. Of Reel Media Group Jemeisha says, “I will be starting my journey next month. I cannot thank you guys enough for all you’ve done. Reel Media Group has definitely changed my life for the better. I will make you guys proud.”
We’re POSITIVE you will, Jemeisha!
If you’re interested in finding your own success story like Jemeisha and Peter, contact me at Jenny@reelmediagroup.tv to find out more about our signature Job Catalyst Program!