Jobs in Media - including interactive media, print and publishing
This section gives you a few job examples from each of the main employment areas in this very diverse area. There are three main employment areas:
Print and publishing
TV, film and radio
Interactive MediaInteractive media is about producing interactive products and content for five media platforms - the internet, TV, computer games consoles, mobile phones and offline disk-based multimedia (for example software produced for training or promotional purposes).
Animators create the illusion of movement by using drawings, models, puppets, or increasingly, specialised computer software. These animations are used for shorts and feature films, advertising, computer games, websites and music promotions.
Computer games designers
Computer games designers work on developing ideas for new computer games and then helping to develop the product to make sure it looks as visually stunning as possible. This includes not only designing but also working as a team, with other technical staff, to define the way the game is played and how to build up the whole game experience.
Interactive media designers
Interactive media designers create interactive communications products such as websites, multimedia DVDS, interactive TV programmes and interactive elements for Mobile services. They use a mix of text, data, graphics, sound, animation and other digital and visual effects to create interactive products.
Print and PublishingPrinting and publishing is about the writing, editing and, sometimes printing, of products such as newspapers and magazines, books (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and content for websites.
Print production planners
A print production planner job is to make sure that the printing company's printed products are delivered on time and to the quality the customer requires. This may include managing a very wide range of jobs as the company may be printing books, magazines and brochures or more specialised products.
Publishing editorsPublishing editors work in a range of publishing areas including newspapers and magazines, books and online publishing. The editor has overall management responsibility for the style and content of the publication being produced and in newspaper and magazine editing will probably be a trained and experienced journalist.
TV, Film and RadioJobs in TV, film and radio are to do with the research, writing, editing, performance and direction of TV and radio programmes and film, as well as all the technical aspects of programme broadcasting and film production.
Radio producers make radio programmes happen and work. On larger radio stations their job will not include talking on air but in smaller stations this may be a key part of their jobs. They would usually research, make contact with and book guests, record, mix and edit shows, co-ordinate competitions, phone-ins and other interactive features, manage budgets and may help to maintain a website for their station.
Sound technicians set up, test, operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound for audio recordings, films, radio and television programmes, and live performances.
TV/film production assistants
TV/film production assistants may be involved in all kinds of projects, from news broadcasts to reality TV shows, music and comedy shows, soap operas, dramas and feature films. They support other members of the production team by taking on a wide range of tasks, including administration.
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