Newscaster  What They Do

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Analyzes, interprets, and broadcasts news received from various sources.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Analyzes and interprets news and information received from various sources to broadcast the information.
  • Writes commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers.
  • Examines news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.
  • Coordinates and serves as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
  • Edits news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space.
  • Selects material most pertinent to presentation, and organizes this material into appropriate formats.
  • Gathers information and develops perspectives about news subjects through research, interviews, observation, and experience.
  • Presents news stories, and introduces in-depth videotaped segments or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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