careers in Broadcasting

There're plenty of opportunities in front and  behind the mic.

VIDEO EDITOR

WHAT THEY DO: A video editor works in the newsroom editing raw footage brought in from a reporter. Editors work with producers, reporters and writers to build news packages from the raw tape sent in from the field or gathered on feeds from networks or other sources.

REQUIREMENTS: Previous experience in shooting and editing stories is usually required. Familiarity with editing programs such as FinalCut Pro, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Elements.

DIRECTOR

WHAT THEY DO: The director of a newscast oversees and coordinates the activities of both the technical and onscreen aspects of a live television broadcast. Serves as producers for entire programs or for the production of portions of larger programs.

REQUIREMENTS: Working in fast-paced environments that are often hectic and stressful, a news director must be able to communicate welland think on their feet; that also requires that you're well-organized and can solve problems on the fly.

Most broadcasting directors hold bachelor's degrees in journalism, film production or communications. Such programs are offered at broadcasting schools, community or technical colleges and traditional four-year universities.

NEWS REPORTERS

WHAT THEY DO: The key "front-line" people in the news department are the beat reporters. They are on-the-scene at every kind of event, and larger organizations may compartmentalize assignments, such as health reporter, education reporter, entertainment reporter, etc.

Local news reporters must be excellent writers, capable of working quickly and accurately to sum up the key elements of a news story and make it understandable and relevant to the audience. In today's new media, reporters must be able to write to all digital media, including social networks.

REQUIREMENTS: Often reporters can enter smaller markets before they have completed their degree in broadcast journalism. Nonetheless, a college degree will be necessary to move onto larger markets and more responsibility.

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