Qualities of good broadcasters

When it comes to being a broadcaster, there are certain qualities and skill traits you should have. Those who are shy and tend to avoid confrontation will not enjoy the process of getting the facts for the story or the interviewing process. Here are some of the skill traits you should have or should consider if you wish to pursue a career in this field.
• You must have great communication skills. When it comes to being a broadcaster, you need to have exceptional written and speaking skills. Since you will be communicating through mediums such as radio and television, you need to be able to tell the story concisely so that listeners and viewers are able to understand the context of the story. Your writing skills need to be up to par with your oral skills since you will be taking notes or even formulating what you will say. Also you may need to write messages to other correspondents or journalists as well.
• You must be able to handle stress and pressure. Those who are interested in this career must be able to handle the stress that comes along with it. Often times you will be greeted with deadlines and also be pressured to get a great story. Deadlines are just a part of the media world. You want to keep on pace with everything that is happening in the world and sometimes things occur very quickly. There will also be times where you will be greeted with harsh criticisms and critiques. You must not take these personally and work to improve what is being criticized.
• You must be a team player. Often times you will find yourself working with other people to get a story done. That’s why every member must work well together in order to reach their ultimate goals. There will be times where you will be able to work by yourself on a certain assignment but during the times you need to work with other people, welcome it and be a team player to reach the team’s ultimate goal.
• You must have great research skills. A story can’t be a great story without facts. You must be able to keep up to date with facts, current affairs, and any developments occur while you are handling the story or event. You never want to give false or old information. It makes you and the news organization you work for look unreliable and unprofessional. Always be on top of your research to make sure your story is as accurate as possible.
• You must have a certain presence. Almost all news anchors and broadcasters have a certain presence about them. You must have something that draws people to you. Also besides having a presence, you must be able to present your material in a clear, distinct voice while being professional as well. You want to seem natural while you are on television and want to avoid looking stiff and uncomfortable.
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/reporters-correspondents-and-broadcast-news-analysts.htm
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/reporters-correspondents-and-broadcast-news-analysts.htm

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