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Become An Anchor

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Working As An Anchor

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $65,530

    Average Salary

What Does An Anchor Do At Hearst Television

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* Works with and guides reporters and producers in newscast production
* Regularly plans, gathers and assembles stories on day-of news or special project assignments
* Works with or without a photographer to gather and edit compelling video and captivating sound
* Coordinates with news managers and producers to develop stories that go beyond surface details, that accentuate unique enterprise angles, and have exclusive content
* Develops a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance.
* Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms consistently throughout the day
* Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting all deadlines under extraordinary pressure.
* Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards

What Does An Anchor Do At Hearst Television

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* Anchor newscasts
* Have an active presence on social media that engages the audience in a conversation
* Deliver scripted and ad-lib material with professionalism, credibility, personality and purpose
* Work with and guide reporters and producers in newscast production
* Ability to summarize information into easy-to-understand elements
* Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards
* Appear on behalf of the station at public events

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How To Become An Anchor

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.

Education

Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.

Advancement

After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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Top Anchor Skills

  1. Weekend Newscasts
  2. News Stories
  3. Edit Video
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Acted as executive producer and managing editor during weekend newscasts.
  • Job duties included finding, shooting, writing and editing all news stories.
  • Edit Video Content and Photos Develop Original Content
  • Reported on a variety of topics including hard news coverage and investigations.
  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability.

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