TV News Careers

Who Works in a Television Newsroom?

On-air personalities like anchors, reporters, and meteorologists are the most visible members of television news teams, but tv newsrooms are filled with many more people. Without them, our nightly or 24-hour broadcasts would cease to exist. Life in the newsroom is fast-paced, competitive, and exciting. It is also very stressful, which is something important to consider when deciding if one of these careers is for you. Since news happens around-the-clock, the staffing of newsrooms usually follows suit. Don't expect a 9 to 5 job. A career in tv news can mean having irregular schedules with long hours and meeting tight deadlines.

News Anchor

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To tv viewers, the news anchor is the public face of the newsroom. Although he or she is just one member of the team, the audience identifies that person with the broadcast. The anchor must secure an audience's trust and loyalty. Once that relationship is established, viewers will continue to turn to that channel to get the day's news.

The news anchor introduces stories, interacts with reporters, and interviews experts. He or she sometimes provides analysis of, and commentary on, stories.

To become a news anchor, you need a bachelor's degree in journalism. You will probably begin your career as a reporter before you become an anchor. If your goal is to be an anchor person at a major network or a television station in a big city, you will have to get your start working in a smaller market. More


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Reporters, like anchors, are also in the public eye. They are usually in the midst of all the action, delivering news straight from the field. They may risk their safety as they report from war zones, storm-ravaged locales, or places hit by natural disasters. Reporters go out into communities to do spontaneous on-camera interviews with sources.

If you want to be a reporter, you should major in journalism or communications in college. It is likely you will have to begin your career in a small market, just like anchors do. You could one day end up reporting in either a large city or for a national news show and may eventually become an anchor. More

Broadcast Meteorologist

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The tv weatherman is the reason many viewers tune into the news in the first place. How else would we know what to wear? The meteorologist's forecasts sometimes give us hope about upcoming days, and other times, quite literally, dampen our spirits.

Since meteorologists are scientists, as well as broadcast professionals, you will need training in both areas. You will have to earn a bachelor's degree in meteorology or complete coursework in that subject or atmospheric science to be called a meteorologist. To go by an alternative title like weather forecaster, weatherman, or weather person, you don't need that degree. A degree in journalism, communication, or speech will prepare you to report the weather on-air.  

While meteorologists usually broadcast from the newsroom, they sometimes travel to the story. You may have to report in the midst of a storm or after a natural disaster has struck. More

Web Master / Social Media Manager

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Viewers usually don't see a news station's webmaster or social media manager, but he or she communicates information to the public much in the same way an anchor, reporter, or meteorologist does. A webmaster maintains a newscast's website and blogs. A social media manager posts stories on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and communicates to viewers through those platforms.

Webmasters and social media managers collaborate with news directors, producers, anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and writers—in other words, anyone who needs to interact with the public via the website or social media outlets. To get a job, you will need experience in journalism, particularly in television newsrooms and expertise in online communications and social networking. More


News Producer
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Producers oversee news broadcasts. The executive producer coordinates every aspect of a newscast. He or she is in charge of hiring, firing, and managing personnel and also tends to business and financial matters. In larger stations, executive producers are assisted by associate producers. Together they supervise a staff of news producers.

A producer writes scripts, edits video, and collaborates with reporters who are out in the field. He or she also works closely with the newscast's anchor.

You will need a background in news broadcasting to do this job. Employers usually require a degree in journalism or a related field. You will begin your career as a news producer and may work yourself up first to associate and then to executive producer. More

News Director

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News directors plan news broadcasts. They choose and schedule content, making them the people most responsible for what viewers see on the air.

The news director is in charge of quality control. He or she monitors stories for accuracy and sees that rules and regulations are followed.

To prepare for this career, you should earn a bachelor's degree in journalism or mass communication. It is likely you will begin your career by working as an assistant news director. Jobs in smaller markets sometimes lead to those in larger cities or on national newscasts. More

News Writer or Editor

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Television news writers and editors create scripts for anchors, write teases used to promote stories, and produce content for the newscast's website. They must be able to capture viewers' attention with the intent of keeping them from changing channels or encouraging them to tune in at a later time.

Writers and editors work with reporters, anchors, webmasters, social media managers, news directors, and producers. They must be able to adhere to tight deadlines, often composing breaking stories on the fly.

To become a news writer or editor, you usually need at least a bachelor's degree in journalism or communication. Excellent writing and editing skills are essential. More

Camera Operator

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In order to bring a visual image of the news to viewers, a camera operator must capture video either in a studio or out in the field. He or she chooses the proper equipment, sets it up, and operates it.

Multiple camera operators may work in a studio in order to capture various aspects of a broadcast. A single operator usually accompanies a reporter to the scene of a news event. In addition, he or she often records visual content to stream on the station's website.

Earn a bachelor's degree in film, broadcasting, or communications if you would like to be a camera operator. Most jobs require flexibility in scheduling since news can break at any time. More

Broadcast Technician

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It is a broadcast technician's responsibility to make sure we see and hear a news broadcast. Without his or her expertise, the signal transmitted from the station or field may not be clear or strong enough. He or she regulates audio and sound quality, monitors broadcasts in real time to make sure they are going as they should, and selects the transmission equipment.

Although you can enter this field with just a high school diploma, many jobs require an associate degree in broadcast technology, electronics, or computer networking. More

Audio Engineer

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Audio engineers operate the equipment that transmits the sound associated with news broadcasts to households within the viewing area. They regulate volume levels and sound quality and consult with producers and news directors.

You can attend a year-long vocational program to train for this occupation. You may instead earn an associate degree in audio engineering. More