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Become A News Anchor

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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

  • $65,530

    Average Salary

What Does A News Anchor Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group

* Anchor newscasts as assigned, including engaging in the production process leading up to the newscast
* Participate in special event coverage
* Participate in station and community events
* Sharp news judgment
* Write stories and teases as assigned by producers
* Participate in daily editorial planning meetings
* Engage viewers daily on Facebook, Twitter and other station web and social media platforms
* Develop and report on franchise and sweeps stories
* Excellent technical skills and the ability to work well with others
* Must be able to work in a deadline-oriented environment and be able to react in high pressure situations
* Must have at least two years experience as an anchor
* Must also have and maintain a good driving record and valid driver's license
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A News Anchor Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group

* Anchor assigned newscasts
* Deliver scripted and ad-lib material with energy, professionalism and personality
* Work with and guide reporters and producers in newscast production
* Maintain active daily presence on social media which engages with audience
* Ability to enterprise stories
* Possess the highest journalistic integrity and ethical standards

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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 Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    51.8%
  • Male

    46.6%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.3%
  • Asian

    8.4%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    39.2%
  • French

    11.3%
  • Korean

    5.2%
  • Chinese

    5.2%
  • Mandarin

    4.1%
  • Russian

    4.1%
  • Cantonese

    4.1%
  • German

    4.1%
  • Urdu

    4.1%
  • Japanese

    3.1%
  • Hindi

    2.1%
  • Dari

    2.1%
  • Greek

    2.1%
  • Italian

    2.1%
  • Hebrew

    2.1%
  • Swahili

    1.0%
  • Vietnamese

    1.0%
  • Hungarian

    1.0%
  • Thai

    1.0%
  • Nepali

    1.0%
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Real 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

WeekendNewscastsEditNewsStoriesOn-AirDeliveryNewsCoverageRadioStationNoonAudioDailyNewsFeatureMorningNewsLocalNewsNewsProgramWeekdayFacebookTwitterPMNewsShowEveningNewsMorningShowFM

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Top News Anchor Skills

  1. Weekend Newscasts
  2. Edit News Stories
  3. On-Air Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated the board for weekend newscasts, reporting news, weather and sports.
  • Produce, write and edit news stories for national breaking news headlines.
  • Designed accurate, well-formatted newscasts for live-on-air delivery to a worldwide audience.
  • Coordinated breaking news coverage, made assignments, developed story ideas, live interviews and produced features.
  • Worked for several radio stations and newspapers in large media market in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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