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Newscaster: Job Description & Career Requirements

Newscasters work in a television or broadcast studio and are responsible for reporting news to the public. While off air, newscasters correspond with various sources in order to verify information and ensure the accuracy of any news reports. Read on to learn more about the training, salary and job outlook for this career.

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Career Definition for a Newscaster

A newscaster presents news stories and introduces video and live feeds from on-the-scene reporters. Newscasters report the news to television audiences and generally read reports from a teleprompter. Newscasters can find work in different specialties, which may include local or national current events, sports or weather. The job of a newscaster is to be trustworthy, control the program and regulate the mood of a television audience.

Education Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field
Job Duties Present news stories; introduce video and live feeds from on-the-scene reporters; correspond with sources; verify information to ensure accuracy of news reports
Mean Salary (2015) $89,240 (for all broadcast news analysts)
Job Outlook (2014-2024) -13% ( for all broadcast news analysts)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Required

Most newscasters are required to have a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field. Most of the courses that students take involve mass media, reporting, public speaking, journalism, broadcasting and television/radio production. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that students in high school could prepare for a career as a newscaster by focusing on classes like English and social studies. After receiving their degrees, prospective newscasters will continue their education through internships at local radio or television stations.

Skills Required

Newscasters must have a pleasing voice and appearance. Newscasters need to be trustworthy and must have excellent communication skills. Anyone looking for a career in this field needs to be prepared to meet deadlines, work irregular hours and have tremendous reading comprehension skills. Computer skills are becoming increasingly important and can help newscasters stay informed and up to date on current topics and trends.

Economic and Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job opportunities for broadcast news analysts were expected to drop by 13% from 2014 to 2024 due to the declining advertising revenue in mainstream media including television. Applicants may see a great deal of competition for jobs in large urban regions. According to the BLS, the average yearly salary for a broadcast news analyst was $89,240 in 2015.

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