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News anchors are responsible for presenting local, national and/or world news to the public. You’ll generally work in a studio to produce TV or radio news programs, although sometimes may require report or anchor programs from the scene of the broadcast’s subject. The news anchor often reads compiled news stories from a teleprompter, as well as conducts on-air interviews with the subjects of news, experts and reporter colleagues as needed. They also react to breaking news as it emerges, presenting information to the viewing or listening public as it becomes available. Additionally, news anchors help make editorial decisions about which stories to air and how they should be presented. The anchor may also report stories themselves, performing such tasks as conducting interviews, obtaining video and audio to use in broadcast, researching relevant information, and using computer software to edit audio and/or video gathered through the course of reporting.
require at least a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism or a related field for news anchor positions. Previous journalism experience, often as a television or radio news reporter, is generally needed as well. News anchors must have a clear speaking voice and be able to read news smoothly off of a teleprompter, computer or paper. Additionally, anchors should be knowledgeable about current events and news relevant to their employer’s area of coverage; in cases where the anchor also reports, they must have excellent reporting skills and the ability to use any necessary video and/or audio editing equipment.
The Anchor position is responsible for local on- air delivery of newscasts. News anchor must be able to write stories, report and produce local news stories on air and for live broadcast shows.
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