The best way to get started is through an internship in a small market. Journalists in small markets learn to handle all aspects of the job. If you are in college now, try to start out with a position with your college's TV station, if possible. Talk to your professors about your goals; they should have connections and be able to refer you to stations for internships or p/t positions.
Early in my career, I started out with internships at magazines and newspapers. I got good experience and made some great connections in the industry.
Karen recommends the following next steps:
- Apply for internships in smaller media markets
- Try to land a position with a college TV station
- Talk to your professors about your goals