Week 2: Job role report.

Today, I have conducted a report of a job role within the media industry including the skills, qualifications and experience required, employers, salary and courses.

Media Career- TV broadcast journalist

TV broadcast journalist.

There are many jobs involved in the media industry with the spreading the news across the world. One of them is of course is a TV broadcast journalist. This vital person is responsible for ensuring the news is always on our TV screens daily and that we are presented with the latest breaking news going around. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to watch the news that we see on our TV screens today.

It’s not just TV where these journalists can work; some of the other work places include radio, online news stories and in print based news as well. But as a broadcast journalist, it’s quite obvious that the main roles of the job are:

Researching the stories by sources of primary research (such as interviews and visiting the location) and secondary research (like internet stories, and existing data/statistics.) Another role includes preparing the scripts, questions and even discussions for the live viewing of the news, including even presenting the viewing of the news themselves; Asking and answering questions during the visits for research and also at press conferences. This job can even involve any amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work like directing small groups, editing the filmed piece (since ALL news has a scheduled time) and even operating some of the equipment themselves.

Even though many broadcast journalists can work in an office, TV/radio studios, definitely out and about and even at home if on a freelance, it is very common to be working with others within the area of work, like other journalists, presenters and film crew. However, covering the latest breaking stories can involve travelling at very short notice, whether it’s locally or internationally.

The income for becoming a broadcast journalist varies widely because of the level of experience that is held by the journalist and the position in the job. For example, a journalist in training would earn around £13,000-£19,000 per year. However, broadcast journalists with more experience can probably earn more towards £20,000-£43,000 per year, due to the positioning in the job area and the level of experience. At the top end, the most that anyone in this area of TV can earn up to £80,000 per year.

There are a number of ways of gaining entry into the job as a broadcast journalist- some simply include a university degree to being hired into a company’s training scheme. However, whatever the entry criteria may be, all companies will always ask you for: a degree in the subject of journalism and some form of relevant work experience too. The entry requirements for many journalism jobs, including this one, are very strong because the employer/firm expect the very best out of their broadcast journalist. But it’s also because the competition for recruitment and training is pretty severe all round…

As a broadcast journalist, there are many skills and qualities that they should hold in order to be successful in their career and they should be committed and focused on their work at all times as well as being  able to meet strict deadlines, sometimes at short notice. Having a range of knowledge on a certain topic, even before interviewing and sometimes broadcast is an essential skill to hold and so is being well-organised and self-disciplined in order to complete a task up to a good standard. Also, to be an excellent team player- this kind of work area requires a great deal of team work and support, so being a part of this is essential.

Week 2: Job role report.

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