You know what's better than being a know-it-all?
Being a know-it-all who helps everyone else know it all.
Broadcast journalists write and tell news stories on TV, radio, podcasts, and social media. They spread knowledge in an entertaining way, drawing people in with their storytelling skills and charisma.
If you've got a voice that makes people want to listen, then this is the job for you!
What Does a Broadcast Journalist Do?
No matter their platform, broadcast journalists use their microphones to:
Call for attention. 📣
Spread the word. 💬
Give interviews. 🗣
Report on and dive into topics of their choosing. 🌊
What Does a Typical Day Look Like?
A typical day for a broadcast journalist involves research, writing, broadcasting, and, sometimes, editing and posting the broadcast.
They need to find out the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" of what they're reporting on.
After gathering the research, it's time to write the script.
While there may be opportunities to adlib during the broadcast, it's still important to prepare. Know what you're going to say before you say it.
Your script is your GPS, getting you from Point A to Point B. Without it, you risk getting lost.
Broadcasting can happen on many different platforms, like your own personal recording studio for a video or audio, live on a streaming website, or television.
The techniques you use while broadcasting are similar, no matter which platform you use.
If your broadcast was filmed for YouTube or another video platform, and you don't have a designated video editor, you will have to take time to edit it yourself with editing software.
The same thing goes for you if you don't have an audio editor. You'll have to record your voice through a program like Audacity and handle the editing afterward.
After you edit your video or audio file, someone will have to post it on your platform of choice. That someone could be you, or it might be your producer.
If you're a broadcast journalist for TV or radio, you'll more than likely have a producer.
What Kind Of Experience Do I Need?
The exciting part about being a broadcast journalist is that anyone can be one.
All you need is a phone, or another way to record yourself, and you can be a self-made broadcast journalist.
To become a broadcast journalist through traditional means, you should go to college and major in communications, journalism, digital media, TV/video production, or another field that has you practicing key skills like:
Where Might a Broadcast Journalist Work?
Broadcast journalists have many options for where they can work.
Self-made broadcast journalists can set up their studios anywhere in their home. Their home studios will need equipment like editing software and, at a minimum, microphones.
If a broadcast journalist has access to a phone or another type of recorder, they can broadcast from any location.
A broadcast journalist may want to report directly in the field, otherwise known as "on location" at a place where breaking news is happening.
Another place where broadcast journalists can work is in standard recording studios. This could be in a recording booth or a TV studio.
What are some ways you can gain skills to prepare for a career as a broadcast journalist?
Broadcast journalists earn on average USD $71,000, with an expected range of between USD $42,000 to $121,000.
Similar careers for broadcast journalists include being journalists, editors, production managers, and producers. These roles are considered along the career path for broadcast journalists.
Why or Why Not be a Broadcast Journalist?
Be a broadcast journalist if:
You love storytelling.
You like being on camera or on a microphone.
You enjoy being up-to-date on the latest news.
Don't be a broadcast journalist if:
You're a quiet soul, inside and out.
You prefer following instructions.
You're not a fan of doing lots of research.
You'd rather be screen-free.
Becoming a broadcast journalist is an exciting career for anyone who likes telling everyone what they should know, either on air or through a recording.
If you think you fit the bill for becoming a broadcast journalist, check out these steps you can take next!