For the past 2 years I have been working as a photojournalist at a small market TV station. I took the job because they offered to hire me immediately after I graduated from college, but my ultimate goal has been to work as an editor at a production company or post facility. Because we're a small station, I do both the shooting and editing of my stories; usually a 90 second piece every day.
I'm wondering how I can find a job at a company that does creative work when most of my experience comes from news. I edit with Avid Newscutter, but I used Final Cut throughout college. Because I edit news, I have little experience creating graphics, and I know that many employers look for experience with things like AfterEffects and Photoshop. I feel like it's a little late in the game for another unpaid internship, and I don't think I make enough money to invest in the equipment and software I'd need to do freelance work. I figure looking for a job as an assistant editor would be the place to start, but I've seen very few job openings for assistants. Has anybody else out there made such a switch? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.