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Broadcast News Analyst Career

Career Description

A Broadcast News Analyst examines, interprets, and broadcasts news received from various sources. They present news stories and introduce videotaped news or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters.

Common Work Tasks

  • Analyze and interpret news and information received from various sources in order to be able to broadcast the information
  • Write commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers
  • Examine news items of local, national, and international significance in order to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members
  • Edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space
  • Gather information and develop perspectives about news subjects through research, interviews, observation, and experience
  • Present news stories, and introduce in-depth videotaped segments or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters
  • Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements,  and picture composition
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels,  and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints,  utilizing research, knowledge, and training
  • Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces

Other Job Titles

Broadcast News Analysts are also known by other titles,  including:

  • News Anchor
  • Newscaster
  • Reporter
  • News Correspondent

Education,  Training, and Experience

Education and Training
Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications, but some hire graduates with other majors. They look for experience at school newspapers or broadcasting stations, and internships with news organizations. Large-city newspapers and stations also may prefer candidates with a degree in a subject-matter specialty such as economics,  political science, or business. Some large newspapers and broadcasters may hire only experienced reporters.

  Reporters typically need more than good word-processing skills. Computer graphics and desktop-publishing skills also are useful. Computer-assisted reporting involves the use of computers to analyze data in search of a story. This technique and the interpretation of the results require computer skills and familiarity with databases. Knowledge of news photography also is valuable for entry-level positions, which sometimes combine the responsibilities of a reporter with those of a camera operator or photographer.


The median annual salary for a Broadcast News Analyst is $49,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $146,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $23,000. Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of broadcast news analysts are:

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting - $71,470
  • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers - $41,690
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - $59,810
  • Other Information Services - $36,320

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  6%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 500
  • Employment 2006 : 7,700
  • Employment 2016:  8,200
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