Media Jobs: Best Cities to Work in

Some of These Places May Surprise You

Wondering what the best cities to work in America are? Well, when it comes time to looking for a media job, there are a number of cities with a leg up in when it comes to the availability of jobs in the media industry. While New York is the center of the media world, it’s far from the only place to find a job or establish a lengthy and successful career.

Media Jobs: Best Cities to Work In

Whether you are a writer, reporter, editor, content developer, communications specialist, producer, broadcast journalist or news anchor, your location can have a large impact on the number of jobs available to you. Your chances of finding the perfect media job go up considerably if you decide to relocate to a city with a large media company headquartered in it.

Most people know that scoring their dream job — especially in the glamorous and highly competitive world of media — is a lot more difficult in a small town. But if you have to make a move, which cities give you the most bang for your buck? Here’s a rundown of what various cities have to offer in the way of major magazine publications, and radio and television broadcasting:

New York, NY

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New York City is unique because it's both a hub for numerous industries, like finance and fashion, as well as for publishing itself. This means that all the major magazine publishers are based here, along with all the big book (magazine) publishers. In addition, most of the major news networks are based here as well. Some of the big names include:

  • Time Inc. (People, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine)
  • Hearst Magazines (Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Elle)
  • The Associated Press (world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization)
  • HBO
  • NBC Universal
  • Sony BMG Time Warner
  • MTV
  • Condé Nast Publications (Vogue, Glamour, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair)
  • Wenner Media (Rolling Stone, US Weekly)

Los Angeles, CA

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L.A. is home to Hollywood, which means it’s a great town to be an entertainment reporter in. And, aside from the great weather and year round access to a beach in one of the major cities in the country, it's also home to a number of other TV and media outlets for those who want to do something other than entertainment journalism.

Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Sports Productions Inc. have offices in Los Angeles, as do Southern California News Group, American Public Media, and Telemundo (NBC Universal owned television station). For something a little different from traditional media companies, Hulu and Netflix Inc, two live streaming TV companies, are also based in the L.A. area.

Washington, D.C.

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Since Washington, D.C., is the seat of our national government it’s a mecca for political reporters. If you want to cover national politics —whether it be the White House or the House of Representatives — this is the place to be.

Atlanta, GA

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Not only is Atlanta the national hub of Delta Airways, but it's also Ted Turner's home base. Turner, a media mogul, owns a number of major media companies, including CNN, so there's quite a bit of opportunity in this southern city.

Some of the titles and jobs regularly posted on the Turner Broadcasting website include: 

  • Writer, Communications Department
  • Writer, CNN International
  • Writer\Producer, TNT Entertainment
  • Senior Writer, HLN Morning Express 
  • Writer\Producer, Cartoon Network Animation
  • Senior Writer, Digital News 
  • Writer\Producer, Turner Sports 
  • Associate Writer, CNN MoneyStream
  • Manager, CNN Newsource
  • Assistant Managing Editor, Digital News 
  • Producer, CNN International News

Des Moines, IA

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Recently named America's Wealthiest City by the TODAY show, Des Moines, Iowa may not be a major city, but it is the home of the Meredith Corporation, a media, and marketing company, involved in magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting and brand licensing.

Some of the magazines published by the Meredith Corporation include:

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Parents
  • Fitness
  • Men's Fitness

Another positive point is that your earnings from a media job in Des Moines may go a lot further compared to other cities since cost of living is nearly 10% below the national average.

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