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Media Presenter

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Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2018: 5,001 to 10,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: > $1500 to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2014
Brief If you are confident and well spoken and would like to use your vocal talent maybe even on screen, then why not consider working as a media presenter? Radio and television presenters announce a variety of programs from news bulletins through to sports events.

There are currently around 210 media presenters employed in South Australia. Over half are employed part-time and most work in the cultural and recreational services industry. Most persons in this occupation are male and most are employed in the Adelaide metropolitan area. This occupation has a younger age profile only less than a third of media presenters aged 45 years or older.

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Introduction

Imagine your voice being heard by people, or your face seen on television screens, as you read the news or perhaps introduce a popular television show. This is a regular experience for media presenters who announce music and entertainment programs, make community announcements, read news bulletins, do voice overs for commercials, or write their own scripts and conduct interviews. Radio presenters do much the same thing on radio.

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Education Requirements

There are no minimum educational requirements to become a media presenter, however industry sources advise those people interested in this occupation to undertake relevant study. Employers generally prefer the completion of Year 11 or 12 - the Australian Broadcasting Corporation requires Year 12. An interview and audition tape are also mandatory, and on the job training is usually provided.

TAFE SA offers the Packaged Program in Film and Television Production which incorporates the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media.

The University of Adelaide offers a Bachelor of Media degree.

The University of South Australia offers a Bachelor of Science in Communications, Media & Culture, a Bachelor of Communications & Media Management and a Bachelor of Media Arts degrees.

Career Path

Strong employment growth is forecast for media presenters, however, it should be remembered that it is a very small occupation and competition is intense for positions that become available. It is a good idea to secure work experience at a radio or television station in order to become familiar with the way the different media operate and become familiar with the type of equipment used. It may also be a good opportunity to establish some contacts in the profession. Rural radio stations may often have more vacancies than those in the metropolitan area, and this is often where people begin their working career. People with areas of special interest, such as sport for example, are often viewed more favourably by prospective employers.

Industry

Cultural and Recreational Services

Interview

It was MIX 94.5FM Drive Time Radio Announcer, Ian Blackley's love of music and a bit of family history that influenced his choice of career.''My family worked in radio so I was always surrounded by it, and people often commented that I had a good voice for that particular medium.''Throw in what Ian believed would be a job that offered variety and challenges, and would be 'just that little bit different', and you have the key reasons why Ian's voice makes its way into our homes, workplace and cars.Years on, Ian's still loving his job and his listeners still love hearing his chocolatey voice, if MIX 94.5's popularity is anything to go by. Ian loves the spontaneity of radio. It's also one of those rare occupations that allows you to have fun at work, and get paid for it. Ian and the Station's other announcers get to share often hilarious conversations with the people calling in to take part in a promotion. But believe it or not, having fun on radio is underpinned by a lot of background work.''There's a lot of planning involved and we have to do a fair bit of preparation to make sure everything runs smoothly, even though our listeners probably think that most of our work is ad-libbed.''Ian recommends that people have certain personal and technical skills for a career in radio.''You need to be able to sound intelligent and communicate well with a wide range of people. A sense of humour, the ability to be funny and to think quickly, as well as being willing to take chances and have a go are also important.''And like many other media industry employees, Ian suggests that people be prepared to travel to the State's regional areas or interstate to gain employment, given the high level of competition associated with this particular occupation and the media industry generally.Ian's final message is that even the best media presenters can never afford to think that there's no room for improvement. ''You always need to keep practising. This will help your timing and help avoid your voice sounding flat. There's probably nothing worse,'' says Ian.

Nature of the Job

If you can demonstrate an aptitude for using broadcast equipment, such as a broadcast desk and microphone, are able to work under pressure, can communicate with a variety of people and have excellent voice skills, then you may find that you are well suited to being a media presenter. Television presenters should be confident and relaxed in front of a television camera. You can't be shy or sensitive when you are in the public eye and you have to be able to do your thing with lots of people watching you.

Radio presenters also need to be relaxed and confident in front of a microphone, and able to meet tight deadlines. In addition, a willingness to work in country areas will help you enter or advance in either radio or television. Both radio and television presenters can specialise and become a sports commentator, a disc jockey, a newsreader, a talkback announcer or a political commentator.

Typical Physical Working Environment

To be successful as a media presenter, a clear speaking voice is a must, as is a good understanding of the English language. A broad general knowledge and an interest in current affairs will also be helpful.

Irregular hours, including weekend work, are typical working conditions for media presenters. Casual employment and freelance work are also common in this occupation.

Typical Occupational Example

Radio presenters may work in a radio studio, or on location if they're hosting a special event. Television presenters work in television studios, in offices or on location. Both use equipment such as microphones and computers, so it is advisable to be comfortable using different types of electronic equipment if you're considering this type of work.

Earning Potential

Salaries start at approximately $30,000 per annum and may go higher than $100,000 for those with more extensive industry experience.

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