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How to Become a TV Journalist

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

TV journalists report on current events, sports and weather for local, regional and national news programs. They examine and interpret news received from various sources, present lead-in news stories and introduce videotaped news or live feeds from on-the-scene reporters. TV journalists may work in television studios or out in the field covering wars, political campaigns, fires, floods or human-interest stories. Journalists advance their careers by moving to larger cities reporting on regional and national news stories or working behind-the-scenes as television station mangers, broadcast managers or broadcast supervisors.

Step 1
Develop broadcast journalism skills by taking high school classes in English, journalism, history, public speaking and social studies. Participate in the high school’s TV station by writing stories, editing copy and reporting on the school’s current events. After graduation, apply for a summer job as an office assistant or receptionist at a local TV station.

Step 2
Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism through a state college or university. Take journalism courses in mass communications, news reporting, media research techniques, media law and ethics, and video and audio production. Students also take liberal arts courses such as economics, sociology, psychology, mathematics and computer applications. Classroom skills are applied by working on the college’s student-run television station.

Step 3
Acquire professional experience while completing a broadcast journalism degree by applying for a summer internship at an off-campus, local television station. Perform such intern duties as answering phones, researching news story ideas and assisting with production by running the camera or audio soundboard. Internships not only provide students with real-world experience, but they also may lead to employment down the road.

Step 4
Gain entry-level employment after graduation at a local television station in the areas of news, weather or sports. TV journalists usually cover local political rallies, accidents, business openings, tradeshows, court cases, celebrity visits, pop culture fads and human interest stories. They may also report on the weekly weather forecasts or deliver sports news, which involves interviewing local sports personalities or coverage of the game. TV journalists advance their careers by moving to larger cities to report on regional news stories or work as investigative journalists reporting on consumer affairs issues for national television programs.

Additional Information
In order to pay for college, broadcast journalism students can apply for grants and scholarships, which are awarded by universities, foundations, newspapers, magazines and professional journalism organizations.



Aug 9, 2011 7:01pm
These are great tips that young people should follow. Even if they don't get a TV journalist job, they may find lots of other work.
Aug 15, 2011 5:34pm
Thank you!
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