How to Become a News Broadcaster: Education and Career Roadmap

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Should I Become a News Broadcaster?

News broadcasters report the news via television, radio or online outlets. They cover stories and events that occur on local, national and international levels. Some news broadcasters write their own stories, conduct interviews, provide commentary for special events and mediate discussions. News broadcasters may encounter dangerous situations when covering news related to events such as wars, riots or natural disasters. Some news broadcasters who cover international news must live in foreign countries. Most employers prefer applicants who hold bachelor's degrees and who have acquired work experience while in college or after graduation.

Career Requirements

Degree Level Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Journalism, communications, English, political science
Experience Internship opportunities available
Key Skills Communication, interpersonal, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills; persistence; objectivity
Salary $65,530 (2015 median for broadcast news analysts)

Sources: O*NET Online, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Career OneStop, U.S. Department of Labor.

News broadcasters have bachelor's degrees in journalism, communications, English or political science. They are expected to have persistence, objectivity and strong reading and writing abilities, along with communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for broadcast news analysts, which include news broadcasters, was $65,530 in 2015.

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Steps to Become a News Broadcaster

What steps do I need to take to become a news broadcaster?

Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

News broadcasters are typically required to hold a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field. Students may consider programs in broadcast journalism, which can equip them with the writing, reporting and production skills needed for careers in television and radio news. Courses may include broadcast writing and editing, research techniques, news gathering, television production, radio reporting and media ethics.

It's a good idea to volunteer for the college newspaper. Potential employers favor candidates who have gained additional experience working for college newspapers, according to the BLS. Volunteering for their school newspaper can provide students with valuable experience.

Step 2: Find an Internship Program

According to the BLS, employers consider practical experience an essential qualification for broadcasters. Beginning news broadcasters may earn this experience through internship programs, which are often incorporated into bachelor's degree programs. Internships may be available at radio and television broadcast stations, newspapers, news websites and other media outlets. Some interns receive payment or class credit for their work.

Step 3: Seek Employment

College graduates may find entry-level employment at radio and television stations that serve small, local markets. Many news broadcasters start out as assistants, reporters or editors and work their way up the newscaster ladder. With experience and expertise, some news broadcasters advance to become correspondents, announcers, specialists or supervising broadcasters. To advance their careers, news broadcasters may have to continually relocate to larger metropolitan areas as they gain experience.

News broadcasters report the news through various media outlets. They have college degrees, persistence, objectivity and strong communication abilities, and they earn a median annual salary of $65,530.

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