Radio & TV Newscaster

Occupation Information table
Overview: Radio and TV newscasters analyze & prioritize most recent news stories prior to broadcast time to decide which stories to present. They prepare scripts and decide who should be interviewed and what types of video and audio tapes from actual locations should be used to compliment stories.
Duties: They analyze and review most recent news-worthy stories and events to decide which one he/she should present on a TV or radio broadcast. They decide which videos to use.

They write scripts to be used on the show prior to broadcast time. They decide what celebrities or persons to interview either at the station or at a remote location.

They plan the dialogue to be carried on with persons he/she will interview in order to complement a recent story, controversy or event.

They travel to and conduct broadcasts directly from a location where a story or event is evolving. They make "special bulletin" news announcements.

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 newscasters 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 style.
Recommended Skills:
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
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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* For New York green job information .

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.