tips tuesday

Tips in 60 seconds... How to get into sports journalism

Travelling the world watching high profile sporting events sounds like the dream job. It's not all fun and games but the appeal of sports journalism is as tough as the competitions it covers. In this video CNN's sports anchor, Alex Thomas, shares some of his tips on how to break into the world of sports reporting and what you need to do to stand out. 

Alex Thomas has more than two decades of experience in sports broadcasting. Now the lead reporter and anchor for sport at CNN, Alex is well placed to give you the inside track on getting into sports journalism.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to impress in your first job

Getting that first job in TV is tough. So when you've finally got it, how do you make sure you not only keep it, but progress to the next level? Jessica Wilson is a talent executive at Potato, part of ITV studios. Following a degree she worked her way up from researcher to series producer at the BBC and has a brilliant view on the industry. Here she shares her top tips on impressing in an entry level position.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to pitch and protect your idea

In television, ideas are like currency. So when you have a great idea, how do you make sure it gets noticed by the right people? And how do you make sure you end up getting the credit for it?

Carrie Britton has over twelve years experience as an Executive and Series producer in Factual and Documentaries. Having previously worked as a talent manager for the BBC and managing director of Indie Training Fund, she now freelances for independents and has cast and produced many expert presenters. Here she shares her tips on how to pitch and protect an idea.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to deal with rejection

No matter who you are, rejection is an inevitable part of working in the TV industry. So whether you're applying for jobs or pitching ideas, learning how to deal with rejection positively is a key part of success. In this video, Grace Owen talks you through some of her top tips for taking rejection on the chin.

Grace is the founder of the hugely popular Telly Talk London networking events. Chosen as a Broadcast Hotshot in 2014, Grace now freelances as a researcher an event coordinator as well as sitting on the RTS Futures Committee.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to write a great BBC application

As one of the most recognised TV brands in the world, jobs in the BBC are some of the most coveted in the TV industry. Thousands apply for its production entry schemes each year, which have limited places available. Understandably therefore, the application process is tough so allow Don Kong, the BBC's Production Talent Pool manager, explain how to shine on paper.

Tips in 60 seconds... How to point and shoot

One of the best ways to stand out from the competition and land a job in the television industry is being able to self shoot. The ability to point and shoot refers to the most basic skills needed for filming and it's generally understood that you can compose, frame and film a basic shot, such as for an interview. Learn the basic tips of this valuable skill in 60 seconds, as explained by Ollie, from Pro Motion.


Part of the battle of entering the television industry is getting to grips with technical jargon. Here's a guide to self shooting language: