Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KARK Reporter Getting Out of the Business

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock reporter Jocelyn Tovar has announced she is leaving the station.  She posted on her facebook page she will be going to work at for the Markham Group.




40 Comments:

At 8:00 PM, February 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to see her go, but to watch her leave... honky tonk bedonky donk.

 
At 8:31 PM, February 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is an awesome reporter. Too bad she's leaving the business

 
At 10:17 PM, February 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad. Only reporter in town with that "come F me look" that you just must be blessed with. #bornwithit

 
At 9:31 PM, February 20, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who says you can't still get on her? She is still in town.

 
At 12:13 PM, February 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wise choice of getting out while you are young. You will be much happier and secure in your job.

Good luck to you!

 
At 7:56 PM, February 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but who will deliver their standups to us in full monotone now?

 
At 10:24 AM, February 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat is still around for that.

 
At 7:43 AM, February 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a newspaper reporter for 10 years, and I know that print AND TV reporters generally make salaries on par with that of your average high school dropout.

Not only that, these reporters generally have to work long hours under the supervision of people with bad people skills.

Leaving that business was medicine for my soul.....and nobody tells me I need anger management anymore:)

 
At 3:19 PM, February 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are/were right on with your decision to leave broadcasting.

No future in it with automation coming on quickly.

Soon, only IT personnel and some janitorial staff with be in each station.

 
At 1:57 PM, February 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bitching from people who left the business about the business has some merit. But it also suggests they were good enough at their job but not that great.

Things are changing indeed and very fast, but there are still many very good and some great opportunities for job in broadcast media.

It's an important job. Glad there are still some smart people choosing the business.

If you aren't happy with your job by all means get another job. How about go get your commercial pilots license... oh wait. The average salary for regional airline pilots is $22,400.

Yes, there are higher paying jobs but if you are very good to great at broadcast media and willing to move up to bigger markets then there's still good jobs and very decent money to be made.

 
At 4:36 PM, February 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least there are opportunities for people outside the business who were reporters or producers. What about photogs? Try convincing anyone that you have relevant skills to their industry... it's very difficult for anyone to even give you the time of day. "So, let me get this straight... you are a basically a camera man? Yeah, we don't have anything that would suit you here."

I'm not complaining - it's what I have to deal with because I chose to be a photog - my mistake, and one I'll continue to have to pay for.

 
At 4:46 PM, February 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get what you are saying. That must be a tough cross to bear (and no I am not being sarcastic). You are probably just as well educated as your average producer, but less respected by everyone because of your job-title.

However, I can think of several people who started out as photogs and completely changed their stars - whether inside the business or out. They did it by never accepting the title "just a photog", using their heads to become more attractive to employers, and just keeping at it.

It's not fair that they had to do all of that, but it has worked in the past for some good people I have met in this business.

 
At 7:53 PM, February 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know news directors and marketing directors that started as photographers.

 
At 10:29 PM, February 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not fair, but photogs have to earn respect that others just get for showing up. That includes their own newsroom.

 
At 8:23 AM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not fair? Good grief.

As a photog (or photoJOURNALIST)become one of the most creative, responsible, efficient, team players who walks in everyday with a good attitude (no matter what) then you'll soon command all the respect and soon be on your way to greater opportunities.

 
At 1:29 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No you are missing the point. Sure, that is great way to do it. But no one else in the newsroom has to do that for the same amount of respect. They just get it automatically compared to photogs and that isn't fair. But I think the point of all of this is that if those in the newsroom need extra confirmation that they are journalists, how can they expect those outside the business to give them the time of day? Right?

 
At 1:49 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say you hit the nail on the head. No one else has to earn it... it's theirs to lose or keep when they start. And yes, those outside the business could be even harder to convince.

 
At 1:52 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure being a respected photog is a great path to "greater opportunities". From what I've seen, if they get one who can do the job well without complaining, they do their best to keep them doing it for as long as they can. It's almost always up to the photog to force their hand into giving them a better opportunity by threatening to walk out altogether.

 
At 4:31 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well of course you have to have initiative. You have to be a great photographer but you have continue to grow in other areas too. Again, I know news managers and marketing directors who started out as photographers. Of course they didn't just rely only on being a great photographer. That's just a start.

 
At 4:34 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And producers and reporters have to earn their respect too. In any size market. I understand every newsroom is different, every manager is different. My point is get busy being the best photog in your shop and that will be a catalyst to better things. This includes reporters, producers, editors, anchors, etc.

 
At 8:14 PM, February 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's not much of a natural path to other things for photogs. The ones I've seen make something of a more respectable career down the road were always "too good to be photog" to begin with. Most end up being photogs going nowhere with a dead end career, who you can't help but feel a little sorry for.

 
At 10:18 AM, February 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The solution is don't be a photog in the first place. It is a total trap that is hard to break out of. You do have to be great at it AND find a way to make them want something you have to offer MORE than your ability to be a workhorse for little pay - and that is tough to do.

It is much easier to do something else in the newsroom to move up in the world over time.

 
At 4:18 PM, February 27, 2014, Anonymous Former Broadcaster said...

Congratulations Jocelyn, and welcome to the former broadcasters club! You will be much happier, and the money is fantastic.

 
At 5:01 PM, February 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For real, and life without Deathstar is SWEEEET!

 
At 8:44 PM, February 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The money will certainly feel fantastic for a while, but then you'll realize that's just what normal people make. Congratulations all the same.

 
At 7:50 PM, February 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then what do normal people make?

 
At 8:14 PM, February 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing less than 50 grand a year.

 
At 11:01 AM, March 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? How interesting. If that's the case then over half of Arkansans would be considered abnormal since over half the state population makes less then $50K a year.

 
At 4:30 PM, March 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, what's your argument? Well adjusted college grads normally make 50k or more. Those is the people we are comparing, not half the people of Arkansas. Gee whizz.

 
At 1:41 PM, March 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Those is the people"?

 
At 2:42 PM, March 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grammar aside, the demographic comparison is a valid point. We are not comparing the people of Arkansas generally. We are comparing college graduates. 50k is about what you should expect.

 
At 11:36 AM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$50K may be what you expect, or "the national average" for a college graduate, however, it is not a guaranty that is what you will receive. We know salaries in broadcasting vary widely from region to region, and even within the same market. The same holds true for other career fields as well. There are millions of college graduates making less then $50K a year. Salaries largely depend on the individual career field and the region as to what type of salary you can expect to receive.

 
At 3:29 PM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your point?

 
At 3:30 PM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be what I receive if I don't accept anything less. I will let some other patsy do that.

 
At 4:09 PM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you. Then you won't be working in this state.

 
At 4:47 PM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or just about anywhere else for that matter. Just another example of the entitlement society we've become. Nobody wants to work hard to achieve anything anymore. They just expect it to be handed to them.

 
At 5:35 PM, March 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not an entitlement society. It's a spoiled brat society. "I want what I want when I want it."

 
At 5:49 AM, March 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you are ridiculous. 50k is entitlement? What do you have against a person aiming for a reasonable salary?

 
At 7:12 AM, March 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay no mind. 50k is a fine goal. That person is just trying to justify his own poor career choices, and has probably been the "pasty" you referred to for a long time.

 
At 8:10 PM, March 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all have brought up some interesting points. Yes, $50k is a good salary goal, however, you are more likely to attain that goal if you are willing to relocate. I did, and once I left Little Rock, and Arkansas, my salary more then doubled.

I work in HR, not broadcasting HR, and I see applicants of every age, background, and education level. My co-workers and I have seen a sharp decline in salary demands since the economy turned in 2007. The only group who consistently demand a certain salary are 40-45% of recent college graduates with little to no work experience. Or little to no work experience in their degree field. My company has set starting salaries which are fully disclosed, and we average 30 to 40 applicants per opening. If an applicant choses not to accept the position they applied for, we have 30 to 40 other applicants who will.

 

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