Broadcast Journalism

By: Hannah White

Career Description

As a broadcast journalist, you research, investigate, and present news and current activities. The things you find will be broadcasted on TV, radio, and/or the internet. Additional jobs can include pitching ideas, writing articles and scripts, and etc.

Required Skills

To participate in the broadcast journalism area you should have good people skills, listening and questioning skills, empathy and tact, be good at writing and researching, confidence, a clear and loud voice, motivation, and handle being under pressure.

These skills are essential because you have to be comfortable speaking on camera and/or radio, which many people will be seeing/listening to. You have to be prepared to have writing skills to be able to write articles and scripts. It’s very important to be able to work under pressure because, being a writer, it happens a lot of the time.

Educational Requirements

According to Journalismdegree.com, some suggested classes are as followed:

  • English
  • Writing for the Electronic Media
  • Grammar and Style for Journalists
  • Media, Democracy, and Development
  • Basic News Reporting and Writing
  • Mass Media Communication in Society
  • Oral Communication
  • Social Media Technology
  • Journalism Ethics and the Law
  • Multi-Media Design
  • Advanced Writing
  • Advanced English Composition
  • Advanced Reporting, Writing and Production for Broadcast
  • Advanced Narrative Nonfiction
  • Social Media Management
  • Multi Media Design and Production
  • Advanced Presentation for the Web
  • Advanced Photography
  • Journalism Without Walls
  • Documentary Photography
  • Video Production
  • Web or Graphic Design
  • Promotion and Public Relations Principles
  • Sports Journalism and Society
  • Media Management and Marketing: New Business Models in an Evolving Industry
  • Advertising in Electronic Media

It is best to get a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, which will take a total of 4 years.

College that has requirements: BYU (Brigham Young University)- School of Communications

Salary/ Income Expectations

On average, most broadcast journalists earn an average of $21.69 an hour, which makes an annual salary of $45,120 a year. The highest paid journalists make an average of $78,530 a year.

Future Outlook

It may be hard to be noticed at first. Starting out, you have to give your all and really show what you can do. It may be better to start out with something smaller like writing the script or even filming, before really becoming a broadcast journalist. There are all lot of job openings for journalism. There are many different types of broadcast journalism that can be different opinions for you. This career doesn't really have that big of a chance of dying out. There are so many different types of journalism, that there will always be a job for you. Everyone needs the news and always will.

Benefits

This job could be really fun for people to love to write and talk on camera/radio. You have to love to research and hear news. It will be easy to make a living off of. It's can be something you will be excited to do because it's different everyday.

Similar Careers to Broadcast Journalism

  • Broadcast News Analysts
  • Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Copy writers
  • Editors
  • Radio and Television Announcers
  • Reporters and Correspondents

Why I Choose to Research Broadcast Journalism

I’ve always loved to write and do things, like The Hive. I think it’s fun to be on camera and I feel like I could do journalism everyday. I think I would be good for this job because I have had a lot of practice in broadcast journalism and I think I have the motivation needed for the job. It’s something I truly have a passion for.

Resources

  • Myplan.com
  • Journalismdegree.com
  • Byu.edu
  • Nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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