TV News Jobs at Local Stations

TV news jobs offer exciting opportunities to work in media at local stations both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Consider the profiles of TV news jobs to find the position which best matches your personality and skills.

TV News Jobs: Anchor

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A news anchor has the highest-profile job at a local TV station and is often one of the highest-paid people in the building, particularly in a larger DMA. Despite all the rewards of fame and fortune, this TV news job comes with high expectations. These days, news anchors are expected to know how to be a TV personality and not just a news reader. If a station's Nielsen ratings drop, an anchor is sometimes blamed and can get the boot. But there's nothing like the adrenalin rush of being behind the anchor desk getting to share the big news of the day with thousands of viewers. More

TV News Jobs: Reporter

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The best TV news reporters don't like to be stuck inside a newsroom. They need to be on the streets, wanting to beat the competition with exclusive stories. Reporters are master storytellers, with the ability to use top newswriting techniques along with video to create compelling television reports. They must have a sense of when to be aggressive, like when asking questions of an evasive politician, and when to empathize with an interview subject, such as a cancer patient. A reporter must also work fast, because the next newscast deadline is always just a few moments away. More

TV News Jobs: Producer

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A producer is a craftsman -- a person who takes all the day's news reports and assembles them into a newscast. That involves more than coming up with a list of which story is first, which is second, and so on. A producer is creating a TV program, one that can be promoted through media advertising so that viewers will want to watch. That means coming up with a combination of stories that will attract people in the key demographics. A newscast can't be all crime, government, health or sports news. Stories have to flow naturally to help the anchors deliver the news in a comfortable, friendly way. More

TV News Jobs: Assignment Editor

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The assignment editor is equal parts detective, dispatcher, and drill sergeant. This is the person who has to constantly work sources to generate story ideas for the newsroom to investigate. That means working the phones, listening to the police scanner and watching the Internet in search of the juicy tidbit that can be developed into something more. An assignment editor must send out crews and monitor their location so that they can be re-routed when there's breaking news. That can mean barking orders. While the anchors often get credit for the ratings, the battles between stations can be won at the assignment desk. That's because the station first on the scene is usually first in the ratings. More

TV News Jobs: Photographer

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A TV newscast without video would just be radio. TV photographers are sometimes taken for granted, but the images they capture are a critical part of the success of any station. The best TV photographers are full of both energy and creativity. They need energy to grab their gear and hit the road at a moment's notice when there's a fire or other emergency, and creativity to use their lens to capture video that no one else thinks to get. They do much more than just hit the "record" button on their camera -- they're masters at using the top video techniques. A TV photographer must also be aggressive to get his camera in the best spot, whether that's at a news conference or a hostage situation. More

TV News Jobs: News Director

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The news director is the person in charge of the entire newsroom, in a position that requires organization, patience, creativity and ethics. With most news departments now operating 24/7, a news director has to have a staff capable of generating and presenting news around the clock. That means job vacancies have to be filled quickly with people who can be trained easily in order to keep the news factory running smoothly. When editorial or technical mistakes happen, a news director has to correct the problem and prevent it in the future. Creativity is needed in knowing how to present the news in a way that builds a media brand so that the station's newscast stands apart from its competitors. The news director also sets ethics policies so that everyone knows what's expected. More

TV News Jobs: Positions in Other Station Departments

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Plenty of TV news professionals actually started their careers in other TV station departments -- maybe as a studio camera operator in the production department or even as a member of the sales team in charge of selling TV advertisements. Getting your foot in the door of a TV station in any capacity is an important first step in making the shift into news. Even if you never work in engineering or adminstration, it's good to know how these departments operate so that you understand that a TV station involves more than just a 6:00 newscast to be successful. Several TV news jobs can lead you up the ladder, even to become the station's general manager -- the person in charge of everything. More