Career as a TV News Anchor

Career as a TV News Anchor

Overview

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

Eligibility

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.

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Skills Required

It requires several skills to become a TV News Anchor:
  • Comfortable and confident in front of camera
  • A news anchor must have strong communication skills specially speaking skills as most of the time they need to read the news and they should read them clearly and in a way that the audience can understand well and attached them with the anchor.
  • Good decision making skills
  • Quick thinking and execution skills as sometimes they won't get everything in writing, especially in case of breaking news, in that case, they just need to hear the producer or the person who briefed them and present the news.
  • They should have excellent general knowledge in different areas like either national or international, political issues etc.
  • Strong debating skills are also required, especially for those who want to host the debate shows.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to prioritize information

Who should choose this career

This is professional is a perfect for those:
  • Who has a passion for journalism
  • Who likes to take challenges
  • Who ready to travel at different location for news collection
  • Who has the skills to handle the pressure
  • Ready to work 24X7

How to be there?

The path to become a News Anchor is:
  • Get a degree in Media and Mass Communication as most of the TV channels prefer a degree holder at least bachelor degree in journalism. You can consider a Master degree in journalism also for better opportunities.
  • While studying, join the college newspaper to gain experience with writing stories etc.
  • After study, before applying for the job, get some internship experience at any local paper or news channel for a better understanding and real experience
  • Sharpen the required skills like writing, speaking, and the camera facing etc. with relevant courses.
  • Create resume and start applying for jobs

Work Hours

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

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)

Scope

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Will have good knowledge of different fields
  • Can build a bold and respectable personality
  • Got chance to travel different places national or international
  • Got a chance to meet and make links the personalities from different fields
  • Showing the right way to the public through busted corruption
  • After having a good name, good earning also waiting for you

Cons
  • A Very hectic work life
  • A lot of competition
  • May go to cover stories at dangerous place or remote locations
  • No work hours fixed
  • Too much struggle include in the beginning

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