Profile of a News Anchor

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“The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.” News anchors collect information, formulate stories, and make broadcasts that inform the public about local, State, national, and international events. They present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of corporate executives, interest groups, public officials, and others who exercise power. Newscaster’s at large networks usually specialize in a particular type of news. News anchors are under an enormous amount of pressure and live very hectic lives. Work hours very and broadcasts are sometimes aired with little or no time for preparation. Successful candidates for news anchor jobs have experience working on their school newspapers or broadcast stations and have done internships with news organizations. Most anchors start out as reporters at small stations and with experience they move on to bigger stations or television networks and become anchors. Unfortunately the employment rate for newscasters is expected to decline through 2018. Competition will remain intense in large metropolitan networks, news stations, magazines and newspapers. Broadcasting companies look for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications, but those with other majors may also be considered. Potential earnings for this job vary with location and exact industry. The annual mean wage for radio and television broadcasting is 75,720 dollars. The highest employment level is in California with an annual mean wage of 72,960 dollars. The top paying state for this occupation is Florida paying an annual mean wage of 119,680 dollars. Appearance is a very important part of being a news anchor. The public expects a credible source to be presenting the news to them if the anchor’s appearance and demeanor do not meet viewers’ expectations, the station’s local news programs may lose their appeal, causing...
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