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Working As A News 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

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A News Anchor Do

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.

Duties

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically do the following:

  • Research topics and stories that an editor or news director has assigned to them
  • Interview people who have information, analysis, or opinions about a story or article
  • Write articles for newspapers, blogs, and magazines and write scripts to be read on television or radio
  • Review articles for accuracy and proper style and grammar
  • Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
  • Analyze and interpret information to increase their audiences’ understanding of the news
  • Update stories as new information becomes available

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, newspaper, or website.

Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings to create a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts or different media platforms.

Most television and radio shows have hosts, also called anchors, who report the news and introduce stories from reporters.

Journalists for print media conduct interviews and write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Because most newspapers and magazines have print and online versions, reporters typically produce content for both versions. Doing so often requires staying up to date with new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information.

Some journalists may convey stories through both broadcast and print media, as well as help manage the organization’s web content. For example, television stations often have a website, and a reporter may post a blog or an article for the website. Similarly, a reporter working for newspapers or magazines may create videos or podcasts that people access online.

Stations are increasingly relying on multimedia journalists to publish content on a variety of platforms, including radio and television stations, websites, and mobile devices. Multimedia journalists typically record, report, write, and edit their own stories. They also gather the audio, video, or graphics that accompany their stories.

Reporters and correspondents may need to maintain a presence on social media networking sites. Many use social media to cover live events, provide additional information for readers and viewers, promote their stations and newscasts, and engage better with their audiences.

Some journalists, particularly those in large cities or large news organizations, cover a particular topic, such as sports, medicine, or politics. Journalists who work in small cities, towns, or organizations may need to cover a wider range of subjects.

Some reporters live in other countries and cover international news.

Some reporters—particularly those who work for print news—are self-employed and take freelance assignments from news organizations. Freelance assignments are given to writers on an as-needed basis. Because freelance reporters are paid for the individual story, they work with many organizations and often spend some of their time marketing their stories and looking for their next assignment.

Some people with a background as a reporter or correspondent work as postsecondary teachers and teach journalism or communications at colleges and universities.

Broadcast news analysts are another type of media occupation. Broadcast news analysts are often called upon to provide their opinion, rather than reporting, on a particular news story. They may appear on television, radio, or in print and offer their opinion to viewers, listeners, or readers. However, most broadcast news analysts come from fields outside of journalism and have expertise in a particularly subject—for example, politics, business, or medicine—and are hired on a contract basis to provide their opinion of the subjects being discussed. Becoming a broadcast news analyst is typically not a career path for new journalists.

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How To Become A News 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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News Anchor Career Paths

News Anchor
Producer Project Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Manager Marketing Director
Executive Director, Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Producer Owner Communications Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Anchor Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations Manager
Senior Public Relations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Owner Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Office Manager Communications Manager
Communications Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Principal Public Relations Director
Director Of Publications Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Content Writer Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Owner Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Assignment Editor Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Journalist Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Managing Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Marketing Consultant Advertising Manager
Director Of Marketing And Advertising
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer/Producer Social Media Manager Public Relations Director
Chief Communications Officer
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Morning Show Host 4.9 years
News Anchor 4.0 years
Sports Anchor 3.4 years
News Producer 3.2 years
Weekend Anchor 3.1 years
Anchor 2.9 years
Weather Anchor 2.9 years
Reporter 2.7 years
News Correspondent 2.7 years
Anchor/Producer 2.6 years
News Reporter 2.5 years
News Writer 1.9 years
Top Careers Before News Anchor
Reporter 15.7%
Internship 12.8%
Anchor 6.7%
Server 6.6%
Producer 3.1%
Announcer 2.2%
Top Careers After News Anchor
Reporter 12.7%
Server 8.7%
Internship 8.3%
Anchor 5.3%
Producer 3.7%
Editor 3.7%
Manager 3.1%
Owner 2.7%
Journalist 2.6%

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Highest News Anchor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
News Anchor Southern Chinese Daily News, LLC Houston, TX Jan 09, 2016 $41,740
News Anchor ITV Houston, LLC Houston, TX Sep 01, 2013 $40,050
News Anchor ITV Houston, LLC Houston, TX Sep 12, 2012 $40,050
News Anchor/Reporter NRJ TV La OPCO, LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 12, 2012 $36,400
News Anchor/Reporter NRJ TV La OPCO, LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 23, 2012 $36,400
News Anchor Entrtavision Communications Corp Altamonte Springs, FL Sep 27, 2010 $35,360
News Anchor/Reporter KSCI, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $35,000

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Top Skills for A News Anchor

  1. News Stories
  2. Weekend Newscasts
  3. On-Air
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched and produced news stories from the National and State level, as well as local news from the Ithaca region.
  • Anchored morning editions of weekend newscasts in top-rated station in the nation's 16th largest television market.
  • Worked alongside WFAA in coming up with ideas for news stories and writing live on-air scrips.
  • Recognized for more than quadrupling ratings for live two-hour morning show: according to Nielsen Media Research documented through paid bonuses.
  • Anchor radio news via MP3 or company website for all market size radio stations in U-S and National News Networks.

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News Anchor Demographics

Gender

Female

47.3%

Male

42.3%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

French

8.0%

Chinese

5.5%

Mandarin

4.3%

German

3.7%

Korean

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Hindi

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Hebrew

1.2%

Dari

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%
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News Anchor Education

Schools

Syracuse University

8.0%

University of Florida

7.0%

Florida State University

7.0%

Northwestern University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Emerson College

5.3%

Mississippi State University

5.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.0%

Temple University

5.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.0%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Texas State University

4.7%

Ball State University

4.7%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Kent State University

4.3%

West Virginia University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

University of Phoenix

3.7%

Troy University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%
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Majors

Communication

32.3%

Journalism

30.8%

Business

4.0%

Political Science

3.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.4%

Public Relations

2.9%

Agricultural Public Services

2.6%

Digital Media

2.5%

English

2.5%

Photography

2.3%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Law

1.3%

Business Communications

1.1%

Fine Arts

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Meteorology

1.0%

Electrical Engineering

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.7%

Other

15.3%

Masters

12.6%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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