News channels are the best way today to know about all the events happening around the world, local, national or international. The person who presents or read the news on a news program is called News Anchor or News Reader.
The News Anchor is a journalist whose main job is to present the news to the audience in a news program, interview the guest or host a news show. Sometimes, they also need to go out to cover the events and gather information depends on the median house they are working with. Like on local news channels or small media houses, the News Anchor may have to go out to gather news stories, write it and then present, but in big media houses their job basically inside the studio only.
One can also choose to become specialized in any particular news field like sports, crime, weather forecast reading, host debate shows etc.
Job and Responsibilities of a News Anchor:
- Study and understanding the news events they need to present
- Analyzing and edit the news if needed to make them more effective and accurate
- Work closely with the producer to get briefed and understand the news story
- Gathering the news stories or information
- Stay up to date with the latest news around the world
A degree (Bachelor or Master) in Media and mass communication is must to make a career in this field. After that one can also choose to do any specified course from a reputed institute.
Work hours or timing is not fixed in this industry. You have to be ready whenever is the requirement, weekends, public holidays, night shift and early morning.
Salary of a News Anchor depends on the experience. A beginner can earn around Rs. 20,000 to 25,000 and it'll increase with experience.
The average salary for a News Anchor is Rs 336,499 per year. (payscale
The media and mass communication industry is growing in India, so the career options in this field. One can get a job in TV news channels, radio channel or internet channels also.