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Making the news: Jobs in TV journalism

To engage a television audience, the news must be interesting as well as timely and accurate. Find out about some of the workers whose decisions affect the way TV news is presented.

What do TV news workers do each day? For many of them, contributing to daily news broadcasts has changed greatly over the years. This evolution will likely continue for years to come.

According to Tom Weir, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, “the technology we will see in 5 years doesn’t exist yet, at least not in a commercially viable form.” Jobseekers whose diverse talents and training are adaptable to these developing technologies are likely to have the best prospects.

This article describes the work of anchors in a section on news analysts, reporters, and correspondents. But it also discusses some of the other workers on news broadcasts, including producers, camera operators, and film and video editors. Occupational descriptions cover the job duties, earnings, employment, qualifications, and training for people in these occupations. To weigh other considerations for would-be TV workers, see the sections about station size and the good and bad sides to the work. Finally, sources of additional information are provided at the end of the article.

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Last Updated: June 10, 2009