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Since I'm graduating in May, it's time for me to look for a "real job." I'm a Broadcasting & Film major, so I could potentially work anywhere. Broadcasting's an industry where you go where the jobs are, no matter where in the country that is.

The first job I'm looking at is in North Carolina at UNC-TV in Chapel Hill. It looks like a really great position. My qualifications and such notwithstanding, what do you all know about UNC, Chapel Hill, Southeast U.S., etc.? Is the cost of living high? Anything you could share would be great.

As I look at other positions elsewhere in the U.S., I'll return to ask about those locations too. Thanks for your help.

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post #2 of 18
I'd do a monster search in any of the big production markets:
New York (very expensive),
Chicago (moderately expensive),
Miami (very expensive),
California (stay away if you can)

Also maybe try some Canadian markets

Montreal,
Toronto,
and Ottawa would probably be your best bets for media market jobs - maybe Vancouver? Hey, you could go into Sports Production work and get me tickets to some hockey games - I'll buy the beer!

Otherwise, what about Paris, London, Berlin?
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Chapel Hill is a great college town and a very progressive, forward looking community.

It is also very near Research Triangle park, a tech central mini-silicon-valley. There is an Apple Store opening in Durham (15 minutes away) on Saturday March 6th.

Chapel Hill is probably the least "Southern" city in North Carolina, seconded only by Charlotte.

Chapel Hill is not too high of a cost of living but it is high in terms of NC. A lot of dot-comer's left SF to move to CH and Raleigh. Housing may be in short supply unles you are just looking for an apartment.

I see you are from Kansas so I'll give you the standard complaints I hear from my friends who are from Kansas....

"Everybody hugs everyone to greet them?!?"
"It's so hot and muggy her in the summer"
"Everything is sooo green outside!"
"I hate hearing when people say "ya'll".. it sounds so ignorant..."

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post #4 of 18
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Thanks for the info, Masker! Anyone else have words of wisdom?

[quote]Originally posted by Masker:
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I see you are from Kansas so I'll give you the standard complaints I hear from my friends who are from Kansas....

"Everybody hugs everyone to greet them?!?"
"It's so hot and muggy her in the summer"
"Everything is sooo green outside!"
"I hate hearing when people say "ya'll".. it sounds so ignorant..."
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First, I'm actually in Missouri. For some geographic information: There are TWO Kansas Cities. One is in Missouri, the other in Kansas. They're right next to each other. The larger of the two is the Missouri one (go figure). Both cities and their suburbs make up the metropolitan area.

Not everybody hugs people the first time you meet them. In fact, that's a little too forward. A handshake is perfectly acceptable, unless you're a friend of the family.

It IS very hot and muggy during the summer.

Um, yeah, we have green grass, green trees, green plants. Is that an uncommon thing?

"Ya'll" is mostly said outside of the KC metropolitan area. We mostly speak "Standard American English" around here. Very few dialects, accents, etc.
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*Bump*

Anybody want to share their vast knowledge of North Carolina?
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post #6 of 18
Cosmo, I think Masker was referring to complaints from Kansas natives about North Carolina. If you think Kansas is humid, you a'int seen nothing yet. The mid-atlantic swamp has disturbingly humid summers. In DC in the summer if we don't have 3 thunderstorms a week there's a drought.
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post #7 of 18
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[quote]Originally posted by Splinemodel:
<strong>Cosmo, I think Masker was referring to complaints from Kansas natives about North Carolina.</strong><hr></blockquote>

<img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> It's all good! Those are all things you might hear someone say about Missouri/Kansas, too. That's why I was confused.

Regarding the humidity, I bet I could probably handle it. I'd imagine it can't be much worse than Missouri is sometimes. 98 Degree heat with an index of 112 degrees seems pretty steamy to me. I'll check up on that stuff for NC.

And I don't mind being hugged. Just as long as it isn't from some prison escapee who needs to see a good time. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" /> :eek:
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post #8 of 18
Just having done some job interviews I very much hate it when people bitch about the weather.

Me: Hey I talked to these people in Texas about this great job. I'm excited.

Jerk: Oh my god you have no idea how hot is down there and the humidity is unbearable. You walk outside and it's like you just took a shower. And if your wife says home with the kids she can't go outside because they will die in the heat. She'll divorce you and move away. Summer is 10 month out of the year and man is it hot.
post #9 of 18
Hey, California rocks. Just don't live in the city. Live somewhere like <a href="http://www.sevensquareinches.com/photographs/house1.jpg" target="_blank">here</a>.
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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>Just having done some job interviews I very much hate it when people bitch about the weather.

Me: Hey I talked to these people in Texas about this great job. I'm excited.

Jerk: Oh my god you have no idea how hot is down there and the humidity is unbearable. You walk outside and it's like you just took a shower. And if your wife says home with the kids she can't go outside because they will die in the heat. She'll divorce you and move away. Summer is 10 month out of the year and man is it hot.</strong><hr></blockquote>

in texas, weather is a huge deal. i used to live in california, and moved to houston awhile back. let me tell u, if u dont know what yer getting yerself into, moving to texas is like moving to the pit of hell. its disgusting. of course, ive gotten used to it over the years, and prefer it to cold weather any day. but, people living here know that the weather is a big deal. so...dont bother bitching about how everyone talks about it...cause its always on everyones mind here. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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HELLO!? Weather is huge deal everywhere. I was told by another person that Madison WI is "real" cold...not like Chicago cold. The people Houston can't understand how people live in Chicago. It's ****ing weather ... get over it already.

Every place i live has the same joke, "If you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes. It'll change." Ha ha. Shut your yap and get to work.

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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>HELLO!? Weather is huge deal everywhere. I was told by another person that Madison WI is "real" cold...not like Chicago cold. The people Houston can't understand how people live in Chicago. It's ****ing weather ... get over it already.

Every place i live has the same joke, "If you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes. It'll change." Ha ha. Shut your yap and get to work.

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*sigh*
nevermind...
in my opinion, the weather makes the place. weather basically creates the people. and people create the atmosphere. therefore, the indirect relationship of weather and place IS important.

for example, in the northeast, people are very miserable in their dealing with other people, and mean spirited to strangers. this is linked to the miserable weather--it makes peoples spirits cold. on the other hand, in the south, where the weather is warmer, people are more friendly and outgoing to strangers. dont say this isnt true, cause its been proven time and again. weather builds peoples attitudes, good or bad.
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post #13 of 18
You're missing the point. People have an insane obsession with the weather. "Oh you can't take a job there because it's cold or hot or rains or..."

Grow up. It's just the weather. We have heating and cooling. People tend not to die in the far north or far south. If it was so bad no one would live down/up there. Buy a coat buy some shorts. WTF cares!

When looking at some great job somewhere I don't want some ****ing lecture on the weather.

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[quote]Originally posted by Scott H.:
<strong>You're missing the point. People have an insane obsession with the weather. "Oh you can't take a job there because it's cold or hot or rains or..."

Grow up. It's just the weather. We have heating and cooling. People tend not to die in the far north or far south. If it was so bad no one would live down/up there. Buy a coat buy some shorts. WTF cares!

When looking at some great job somewhere I don't want some ****ing lecture on the weather.

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post #15 of 18
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My next job prospects are in Alexandria, Virginia and Tempe, Arizona.

What can you tell me about these two places? How's cost of living, etc.? I know ASU is in Tempe (the job is at a TV station that ASU operates), and that Alexandria isn't too far from Washington D.C.

p.s. I don't care about the weather.
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post #16 of 18
Alexandria is a very nice town. Got a nice 'old town' section right down by the Potomac, shopping, etcetera.

It's basically right by National Airport and the Pentagon. I can see Alexandria from my window, in the distance right now. Very nice area.

As for costs, the DC metro area is expensive, but not terribly. Depending on what you want, it ranges all over the place, basically.
post #17 of 18
Whatever you do, don't come live in Nebraska, the weather here is terrible! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Seriously though, we have 18" of snow and ice winters, then 100° summers. And not only does it fluctuate from season to season, but from year to year, even day to day... you never know what to expect. Don't like the weather in Nebraska? Wait 10 minutes. It'll change!
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[quote]Originally posted by bradbower:
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Seriously though, we have 18" of snow and ice winters, then 100° summers. And not only does it fluctuate from season to season, but from year to year, even day to day... you never know what to expect. Don't like the weather in Nebraska? Wait 10 minutes. It'll change! </strong><hr></blockquote>

First, see where I'm from at the left.

Second, we get the same thing.

BTW, thanks for the info, Jonathan. Have you ever seen the PBS headquarters? What's it like around there?

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