What does a Broadcast News Analyst do?

Median Pay $88,250
Growth Rate 8%
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A broadcast analyst typically works for television and radio states and informs the public about current events and news on an international, national, and local level. Broadcast news analysts are commonly called anchors. Some broadcasters actually analyze and interpret news stories and communicate their opinions.

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Commonly, a bachelor’s degree in communications or journalism is preferred, although some employers may consider applicants with degrees in a related field, such as political science or English. Work experience is also important and can be gained through internships with other news organizations.

Internships provide students with opportunities to work on stories to form a portfolio that demonstrates their on-air appearances or their best writing samples.

Job Description of a Broadcast Analyst

Broadcast analysts may research news stories while others take the information that reporters and investigators discover and report that to their audience. They may also conduct interviews, most often from a studio, with people that offer relevant information, opinions, or analysis about an article or story. Most importantly, they are able to present news stories in a clear and concise way that their audiences will understand.

A broadcast analyst typically works full-time and work may include nights and weekends to lead news programs or provide commentary. It is important for a broadcast analyst to have strong communication skills, interpersonal skills, computer skills, stamina, and persistence.

Broadcast News Analyst Career Video Transcript

On television and in print, journalists uncover facts to report the news as objectively as possible. Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about events and news occurring internationally, nationally, and locally. Reporters and correspondents (or journalists) spend a lot of time in the field meeting contacts, investigating stories, and conducting interviews so they can write or record a story. The work is often fast-paced to meet deadlines or be the first to break news.

Multimedia skills are increasingly in demand, so that journalists can add audio, video and graphics to adapt stories for different platforms including newspapers, magazines, television, live radio, websites, podcasts and social media. Some reporters freelance, covering individual stories for a fee or marketing their own stories to news organizations.

Broadcast news analysts work in radio and television, sharing their opinions with their audience, based on their expertise in a particular subject, such as politics, business, or medicine. Most reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts work full-time. Travel is common, and may include exposure to risks in situations such as war zones or natural disasters. Schedules change as news occurs, and may include nights and weekends. To enter the field, a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications is preferred, along with related experience such as internships or work in college news media.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 27-3021 Broadcast News Analysts.

National Center for O*NET Development. 27-3021.00. O*NET OnLine.

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