How to Become a Broadcaster

What is a broadcaster?
A broadcaster is a professional who works as a journalist or announcer for certain mediums such as radio or television. Those who are interested in being a correspondent or a journalist will have to take the time to analyze, research, or investigate certain stories and make the time to arrange interviews with the people involved. They also have to make sure the story is focused and compelling enough for viewers and listeners as well.
What are the education requirements to become a broadcaster?
Those who are interested in becoming a broadcaster will need to have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications as it is a general requirement for most employers. There are some employers who will also accept college degrees in related fields such as English or political science. Those who do decide to major in journalism or communications will take certain courses that involve ethics, researching stories, and conducting interviews. Some of the programs also will have students take some liberal arts courses such as English, economics, history, and political science courses. By taking these courses, it will prepare the students to cover stories on an array of topics and subjects.
Other interesting courses some broadcasting majors may want to look into are computer programming, coding, and multimedia design. These are great to take because many broadcasters will work on different types of mediums such as television, video, and radio and should know how to operate certain devices to optimize their documentation and coverage.
What type of experience do I need to become a broadcaster?
Besides all the educational requirements needed, it is highly beneficial and sometimes necessary to have some sort of work experience before you can apply to your dream position. Most colleges will provide internships to students for credits so that is one exceptional way to earn some experience while you are still in school. Sometimes these internships can evolve into a paying position where you can take the time to learn and understand the ins and outs of the business.
As you slowly gain more experience and as your reputation grows, you can then begin to advance your ranks. You can start transitioning from small city news organizations to large city news organizations. These larger city organizations usually will offer higher pay, but that also means more challenging work and of course more responsibility as well.
What qualities should I have as a broadcaster?
There are certain qualities that a broadcaster should have if they wish to be successful. Certain skills such as communication, computer and interpersonal skills are all extremely important when it comes to this profession. Being able to tell the story to viewers and listeners while building relationships with people is necessary in this business. If you can’t tell a good story, you aren’t a good broadcaster. You will also need perseverance and stamina for this profession as well. There will many nights of long hours and frustrating interviews but in order to get the facts of the story you will need to be persistent with your questions and your interviews despite the negative reaction you may receive at times.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/reporters-correspondents-and-broadcast-news-analysts.htm#tab-4

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