Radio & TV News Commentator

Occupation Information table
Overview: News columnists analyze news and write a column or commentary based on their personal knowledge and experience on the subject. They gather their facts by interviews, library research and attendance at important news events.
Duties: Analyze and critique a story or an event in order to be able to comment on the pros and cons of the story. They do historic reviews of the story to prepare for a broadcast.They research a story prior to broadcast by searching through published documents and videos that covered prior related events. They look for themes and analogies of the past with the present.They interview key persons involved in an event in order to see all sides of the story. They deliberately choose persons representing different points of view about an event.Collect facts about an event or evolving story by attending conferences or personally viewing the site of the story. They decide what video shots to use during a TV broadcast.
Degree(s): A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Starting Salary: Salaries in TV are higher than those in radio.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Formal training in broadcasting communications from a college or technical school is essential. Most radio & TV news commentators have a bachelor's degree or an associate degree. However, broadcasting executives pay particular attention to auditions that show an applicant's speech delivery, appearance and announcement styles.
Recommended Skills:
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.