How to Work for CNN

Learn about CNN's different networks, such as AccentHealth, CNN Newsource and iReport.
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CNN's numerous editorial operations make it one of the largest information networks in the world. Turner Broadcasting System, the company that owns CNN, is responsible for hiring the thousands of employees at the network. To work for CNN, applicants typically need a degree related to broadcasting and experience in the field to get noticed by recruiters.

1 Check Your Traits

CNN stresses the importance of its candidates being driven, passionate, honest and committed. Whether delivering live information to a national audience or operating equipment that communicates with reporters in the field, employees need to be flexible, productive and active. Aspiring journalists in particular must excel when the pressure is on and flawlessly relay information.

2 What to Study

Majoring in journalism or telecommunications can prepare you for a range of network positions. The Columbia Journalism School reports that its graduates can become investigative or broadcast journalists, international reporters or magazine writers. Since telecommunications is such a vast field, there are options for specific areas of study, like industry management, production and design or society and media. Telecommunications is also the ideal major for those interested in technological jobs at CNN, such as network and computer systems administrators.

3 Get Experience

Internships with news stations, including TBS, provide opportunities for students to learn the ins and outs of the industry. The Turner Voices in the Arts and Turner Voices in Technology programs, for example, are designed specifically for high school students interested in the field. For recent graduates, the Turner Trainee Team program provides experience in both business and development aspects of networks.

4 Work Your Way Up

CNN's entry-level video journalist positions provide opportunities for young journalists to launch their careers. For these roles, journalists typically handle all of the presenting, recording and editing before they deliver the finished product to the network. CNN's video journalists can advance to various roles within the organization by supplying authoritative information and interesting material in a timely manner.

Based in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Megan Torrance left her position as the general manager for five Subway restaurants to focus on her passion for writing. Torrance specializes in creating content for career-oriented, motivated individuals and small business owners. Her work has been published on such sites as Chron, GlobalPost and eHow.