careers in Broadcasting

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

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

WHAT THEY DO: In radio, program directors are generally responsible for more than a single station. They work closely with the entire on-air staff to develop exciting promotions that enhance the programs on the air. For TV, the programming manager is responsible for maintaining traffic logs, scheduling services, etc. The PD's programming objectives support the goals of the general manager and the general sales manager.

REQUIREMENTS: In order to coordinate various departments, this position generally goes to highly-experienced station personnel.

CHIEF ENGINEER

WHAT THEY DO: The chief engineer is responsible for the technology necessary to put the station's broadcast on the air. The engineering staff works to maintain broadcasting capabilities and provide quick solutions to problems that may arise with the transmitter, tower, satellite receiver and other related equipment. The chief engineer is the head of the technical staff.

REQUIREMENTS: More often than not, a technical background, including education is required for this position. The Society of Broadcast Engineers offer classes and certification programs that would suffice for many engineering positions.

ASSIGNMENT EDITOR

WHAT THEY DO: An assignment editor is responsible for gathering bits of news and assigning reports to reporters in the newsroom. While creating a newscast is usually a team effort, assignment editors set news coverage priorities, organize the logistics of camera crews and reporters, and arrange for the various satellite feeds and live on-scene coverage.

REQUIREMENTS: This position is fairly skilled in terms of experience in a newsroom. Some stations may require specific educational background (i.e., a degree in journalism).

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