Bob Dylan’s famous words “The times they are a-changing” are still relevant. The channels of getting information out to the public are evolving probably more rapidly than they ever have. Broadcast journalism is at the cutting edge of dissipating news and information combining the age old profession of journalism with today’s technology with an increasingly diverse set of job roles.
We’ve put together a list of some of the exciting things you can do with a degree in Broadcast Journalism! So go ahead, pick your favourite and follow the career of your dreams!
What can you do with a degree in journalism?
1. TV News Anchor
News anchors are people that deliver news stories to a TV or internet audience. Respected anchors inspire trust with their audiences and can often hold a large deal of influence over them. News anchors normally either work out of a studio or may travel to do on-site or live reports. They can also work erratic hours to conduct research or to be at the scene of ground-breaking events to report on them as they occur.
2. News Writer
News writers write pertinent stories for print or broadcast. They are vital to the accurate relay of information as they review investigative notes, conduct research on back stories and separate valid facts from mere conjecture. They need to have the ability to turn facts and figures into news items that pique the public’s interest and spread awareness.
Correspondents or reporters deliver and analyse newsworthy stories through different forms of media so that the public can be aware of and understand important events as they occur. Correspondents research various newsworthy topics and may also interview relevant people to prepare a detailed analysis of issues to present to the public. A correspondent’s job can also involve travelling to places where the instances they are reporting on have occurred.
4. Feature Producer
Feature Producers work on studio shows or segments assisting producers in their work. They suggest content to be featured along with the storyline. They supervise the scripting, shooting and editing of these segments. It is a stepping stone to becoming a full-fledged producer.
5. Documentary Producer
A documentary producer is vital to the production of any documentary and is in charge of all the aspects of making a documentary film – right from conceptualisation to marketing. Documentary producers need to have great people and fund-raising skills. In many smaller productions, the documentary producer is often the director as well.
6. Production Executive
Production Executives are like the managers of a show. They are in charge of hiring, managing and organising a production for television or film. They also need to secure the required funding for their show. They are also vital to ensure that the production sticks to its budget and meets or exceeds its targeted viewership. They hence have an important role to play in the business side of the production.
7. Video Journalist
They carry out in-depth research on a topic and need to be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Video journalists are often required to travel to locations to interview people and report on various topics in an ethical and unbiased fashion. They need to be able to think on their feet while reporting live situations as well as need to be able to conduct interviews with sensitivity to elicit the maximum amount of information from interviewees.
8. PCR Controller
Production Control Room Operators need to have sound technical knowledge of the various instruments and software used in studios. They are in charge of setting up the equipment required for broadcast over television and radio. They also regulate the audio and visuals during live broadcasts. They need to be able to react quickly and effectively during any studio emergencies.
9. Voiceover Artist
Voiceover artists need to have excellent diction and versatility in modulating their voice. Their narration is played over visuals during televised news briefs, advertisements, cartoons and video games. You can also become a voiceover artist for audiobooks which are growing in popularity.
10. Promo Producer
Promo producers create, record and edit news items and public service announcements for television stations. They ensure high production quality and creative standards for all the television station’s campaigns are maintained. They need to be able to deliver innovative products that capture audience interests and promote requisite branding effectively.
11. Copy Editor
If spellcheck is one of your best friends and you are perhaps a bit of a grammar Nazi, this role could be perfect for you! Copy editors or proofreading experts ensure that there are no errors in content in terms of grammar, punctuation and spelling. They also ensure that names and places are accurate along with any facts and statistics.
12. Content Writer
Digital marketing is a booming field and consumers are becoming increasingly savvy about advertisements, websites and social media. Content writers create the content audiences are looking for and present it in an attractive fashion. They also use different social media channels to attract new clientele and to retain and engage existing ones. They work with strategists, designers, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) managers and branding experts to get the world talking about the latest trends.
13. Market Researcher
Media Research Analysts gather, interpret and present detailed information available publicly via news organizations, government reports, online forms, blogs, news sites, and other sources for businesses, governments, universities, and organizations. They also work with public relations departments of corporates or governments to develop advertising and communications strategies based on public sentiment about a subject, product, or service.
14. Public Relations Officer
PR experts need to be good at keeping secrets and managing people. They use different forms of media to ensure that their clients’ reputations are maintained and key messages are conveyed accurately to media houses and the public. PR officers work with high-profile individuals, public or private entities and are often privy to classified information.
Think you are cut out for one of these careers? At Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, our broadcast journalism degree is tailor-made to equip students with a comprehensive set of tools and skills that can help them stay on top of the latest and most current needs of the industry.
Crafted by industry experts, the broadcast journalism course covers:
If you want to be a part of the exciting world of broadcast journalism, get in touch with us today!