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The Future Of Television And Communications

Though the landscape of television and communications is changing rapidly, the industry is not slowing down. In fact, it is an increasing industry, especially in the areas of content marketing, social media and public relations.

reqemli1There is an increasing number of channels on television, as well as many programs being produced exclusively for the web. This means that, while there may be less of a concentration of jobs, they certainly will still be available. Advertising is also likely to increase; not only in traditional formats but also in new ways, such as affiliate marketing for web-based productions. So, while we might see a visible shift in the way television is made and monetized, with less centralization, it is safe to assume that the industry will continue to grow.

Corporate communications is also a booming industry. Not only do customers expect more from businesses and companies and expect them to react to criticism quickly, but they also demand more and more information. Consumers are taking an increasing interest in the ethics and morals behind what they consume and a business must respond with advertising and marketing accordingly.

With the influx of social media, criticism and complaints are now commonplace and very public. An efficient response to such matters is imperative and this is only likely to continue, as more people become connected to the internet.

The final and most important facet of the future of communications is that everybody who wants to own a business will have to have a knowledge of how to conduct themselves in the public forum. A savvy public demands that even a small business will need to maintain a reputable profile. In a world where bad reviews of anything are readily available online, understanding the importance of this is crucial to surviving in the digital age.

How Social Communication Is Changing Media

social-mediaSocial media has fractured the traditional communications landscape as we once knew it and has generated a whole new protocol for the media industry. Indeed, many see the introduction of social media as the first step in dismantling traditional media formats. Nowadays, everybody can be a journalist, actor or political commentator and publish their own material online. It’s tricky to say exactly how powerful social media is and to judge whether it will replace traditional formats, but it’s clear that it has made a significant impact in several areas.

Many cite the use of social media for the success of the Arab Spring back in 2010, something which is difficult to discredit. But what about the media landscape? It is a fact that print newspapers are in decline because of the internet and that many have set up their own blog or website, to varying degrees of success. But it seems that the main change is not just replacing TV shows, the online newspaper or radio broadcasts, but rather incorporating new media forms into the traditional formats. Most factual based shows now invite the viewer to get involved on social media and express their thoughts, comments and opinions. We’re seeing fusion rather than a battle between the two.

Another way the media are responding to social media is by using it as a catalyst for different material and a source of information. Journalists use it as a way to find stories and garner more details on events. Rarely a day goes by when a debate show doesn’t cover a social media story and we’re all struggling with not only the ethics of social media, but also the legality of our actions when using it.

It seems unlikely that social media will replace traditional media completely, as people still enjoy listening and watching informed professionals but it is having an ever more significant impact on the way we mediate our society.

Value of corporate communications

iStock_ValueIn a world which is ever more connected and company profiles ever more visible, corporate communications are becoming ever more important. Though also consisting of internal communications between different departments, the main focus of this article is on the external side.

The most rudimentary element of corporate communications is branding and marketing. This is used to maintain the knowledge of the company and advertise its products. This can take several forms, from TV adverts (though expensive, they remain popular) to using social media and Google Ads. This type of communication is carefully planned and executed. Some large companies will have in-house teams to deal with these matters, while many will employ a third-party agency.

A growing area in corporate communications is corporate responsibility. In short, this can be understood as the way in which a company or business operates ethically. In modernity, many more people are taking an interest in the way something is produced; fair trade is a classic example of this. The communications department is responsible for making it clear to the market demographic the steps a company have undertaken to become more ethical and responsible.

One of the most unpredictable facets of corporate communications is crisis management. This is the damage limitation and response of a company in light of something negative. This could be a media story, government criticism, a new law or a failure in the product. Bad press can be damaging to the finances of a company and therefore, it is critical to respond in a fast, efficient and fulfilling manner.

The final element to corporate communication is not down to the perception the general public have of them, but the one that potential investors do. In this case, it is crucial that the company is seen to have not only a strong financial record, but also public support.

How to make a TV show

1264245921-The-TV-Show_1Getting a TV show to air can be a long a gruelling process. From pitch to pilot, there are several hurdles to overcome. But many people have done it before and many people will do it again. Here you can find out about the different steps that you will encounter when you’re developing a television show.

The inception of every TV show starts with a pitch to the network; though how detailed this pitch varies dramatically. If you’re a complete outsider approaching a production company or network, then you really want to have a well thought out pitch. However, within companies themselves and in less formal settings, ideas for new shows are constantly thrown around. Understand your position and plan your pitch accordingly.

Once you have the go ahead for a pilot, then you need a formal script the cast and crew can work with. Some will require a formal script before this point, while others will simply commission on a great idea; especially for those with a proven track record of delivering great TV. So, no matter if you’re writing it yourself of working with a team, this is the time to make your script solid.

Once you have a script, the production company can begin to assemble the cast and crew. It’s not just about what’s shown on screen. The show needs a director, editor, camera crew, make-up artists and so forth. Once the cast and crew have been chosen, the rehearsal period can begin. This is when many of the changes will happen. Cast, crew, TV executives and writers will all be expressing their thoughts and opinions. Even though this might seem frustrating, everybody is just trying to make the best show possible.

Finally, after much tweaking, rehearsal, marketing and press for the new show, it can finally go on to be broadcast.

How to get into the media

How-to-Get-into-the-Media-and-Entertainment-Business-A-Guide-for-Business-School-Graduates-and-Students-mediumIt’s a notoriously difficult industry to crack and with the growth of online media, the jobs are becoming few and far between. However, there is still a wide variety of jobs available in the media, even if the role of the traditional journalist is in decline. There are three main career paths into the media, none of which is valued above the other.

The first route is university. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get a media studies degree. Politics, history and languages are well respected degrees which a potential employer will value just as much as a media studies qualification. It’s advisable to gain as much experience as possible, while at university, to set you apart from your peers when you start to apply for a graduate scheme.

There are several apprenticeship schemes, especially in the area of TV production, aimed at those who don’t want to undertake university education. You’ll often be paid for these but wages can be low. However, you should view this as your training and consider the fact that you won’t have any debts upon completion of your qualification.

The third, and most ad hoc route, is through work experience and your own tenacity. This involves work experience at a local paper, taking on unpaid work to get your foot in the door and generally begging people to give you experience. Though this might seem a little tenuous, a surprising amount of people have actually made it into the industry this way and gone on to have highly successful careers.

Often, you might even combine these, for example getting some work experience at a local paper while you’re studying. However, don’t be perturbed, if you have the ambition and the talent to back it up, it’s still perfectly possible to make it in the media, even in today’s competitive landscape.