The World of Mass Media

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The world of Mass Media is a complicated place as told by former TV and Radio reporter, Al Meyers. “You never know what you’re going to be doing, but then there’s the ability to be able to do it and to share that with the people who are listening.” Meyers, who is retired, gave me the pleasure of sitting down and talking to me about the world of Mass Media Communication, then and now.
Most of what we hear about in the world today comes to us as it is broadcasted through the television news networking stations and the Radio broadcasts throughout the day. It is constantly being updated by the minute as news breaks everywhere, whether it is locally or internationally. However what about the people who present us the news, the people who work
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Media workers need to have social skills, and the ability to talk to people. It is one of the many ways in which a reporter finds out what is going on. They need to be able to present the news in a clear concise way that is easy for listeners to interpret and understand. “You need to have an eye and an ear for ‘the story’ and a desire to capture the latest news,” says Al, “The process behind establishing what is published and what isn’t wholly depends on what is relevant for people in the community to know.”
The training involved in becoming a reporter deals especially with developing a person’s social skill, and their ability to use their curiosity to get information out of people, even when they are reluctant to give it. Interaction with people is important because as a Media worker you have to be able to work together with a group of people in order to make all aspects of a story fit together. “Television news requires a thirst for getting the scoop, and it also requires energy and ambition. News reporters have to have the ability to write and speak in a way that makes people think. Meyer tells about his personal experience in a situation where he could not understand what it was that another television reporter what talking about, “It was terrible trying to decipher what it was he was exactly talking about. His delivery of the media content wasn’t smooth and easy