How should I present my writing samples?
November 20, 2012 12:33 PM Subscribe
I need help with preparing a letter of interest seeking entry level work at a television news station.
posted by djduckie to Writing & Language (2 answers total)
I am attempting to get my foot in the door at the 24 hour News channel the telecomm company I work for (as call center customer assistance (Dante's 9th level of hell, ice and all)) owns.
The recruiter asked me for writing samples to send on to an Executive producer. I majored in English and minored in communications. Most of my writing is humorous short stories or teleplays. However, I have one journalism class under my belt in which I got an A and did really well on all of the articles that I had to write. I still have these and they are well written though with the exception of one they were written off of provided notes (as was the format of the class) and are for the most part fictitious events. Is this what an executive producer for local/nationwide 24 hour news would look for? Should I provide these with any sort of attached explanation? The samples I was going to provide are:
A fictitious plane crash.
A fictitious tax property tax hike.
An obituary for Jerry Garcia (written 14 years after his death)
(as horrible as this sounds it is a great piece).
An article about left-handed people having shorter life expectancy than right-handed people (including this one because I had to do interviews for it.)
Additionally, I have almost 15 years production experience, including working on my high school news program as a writer, anchor and every position behind the camera , personally producing shorts and being a PA on two motion pictures. Would this be worth mentioning and providing links to (imdb.com, youtube videos).
I really want to put my best foot forward and I am feeling self conscious about my non-real world examples and narrative production experience as opposed to "news" production experience. Any and all suggestiosn appreciated.