Broadcast news analysts gather multiple sources related to a story and examine, analyse and interpret the news as objectively as possible. This position will also entail penning columns, commentaries or scripts prior to going on air as an anchor for news broadcast programmes on television, radio or online channels.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
Broadcast news analysts spend their days in soundproof studios, well-lighted workstations and temperature-controlled offices. Sometimes, if the assignment consists of visiting a location and speaking with officials and witnesses, the job will require some travel.
Since broadcast journalism is a 24-hour-a-day industry, a broadcast news analyst will work irregular and unpredictable hours. While some news programmes are recorded in advance of their airing time, there are many broadcasts that are completed live, particularly during breaking news or special events.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become a broadcast news analyst, you will need typically need to complete a four-year university degree programme in a subject like journalism or communications. Some employers may hire candidates with a degree in English or political science, along with relevant experience.
If you’re considering specialising in certain areas of the news – such as business or law – then a degree and experience in any of these fields (like an MBA or a Juris doctor) will be useful.
Years of experience, as well as accolades and tremendous insight, will improve your job prospects. You can then become a key news anchor or chief correspondent, or get elevated to the national stage.