The 12 Attributes of Extraordinary Media Professionals

The 12 Attributes of Extraordinary Media Professionals

Roger Cooper


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Careers in media and creative professions are extremely competitive, with less direct pathways to jobs and advancement relative to more traditional or technical professions. Many future media professionals train for careers without a clear understanding that personal attributes like adaptability, integrity, and confidence are just as important as any practical or theoretical knowledge. In today’s flooded market of talented and intelligent job applicants, it is more important than ever that media and communications professionals master critical soft skills to succeed in building their career.

In The12 Attributes of Extraordinary Media Professionals, Roger Cooper shows young professionals that while personal attributes are essential to success, building these soft skills is a dynamic process that can be just as enjoyable as it is rewarding. This book fills a void in the personal and professional development of media professionals by presenting key attributes as a system of qualities that, when applied and considered together, add synergistic benefits for the individual’s career.

Cooper combines examples of successful media professionals with activities to begin readers’ development of twelve attributes that will prove timeless and relevant regardless of an individual’s career stage or the inevitable changes in business practices and technology.


Roger Cooper:

Roger Cooperis an award-winning professor and Director of the OHIO-in-Los Angeles program at Ohio University. His teaching and research focus on career development for the media professions. He has overseen hundreds of internships and mentored successful professionals working in television, film, digital, journalism, and music. Cooper has led professional development seminars for the National Association of Broadcasters as well as for media organizations located in Japan, Malaysia, and Qatar.