Career focus: News analyst
Want to become a news analyst? Check out what the job entails and what career prospects does it have.education Updated: Oct 05, 2006 17:05 IST
Each day a lot happens across the world. It can well be imagined then that a news channel would be flooded with reports at all times. At such a given time, who decides which news is more important and which is not.
News analysts prepare stories and make broadcasts that inform us about local, state, national, and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, and others who exercise power.
News analysts also called newscasters or news anchors — examine, interpret, and broadcast news from various sources. They present news stories and introduce videotaped news or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters. Newscasters at large stations and networks usually specialise in a particular type of news, such as sports or weather.
Weathercasters, also called weather reporters, report current and forecasted weather conditions. They gather information from national satellite weather services, wire services, and local and regional weather bureaus.
Nature of work
The work of news analysts and correspondents is hectic. They are perpetually under pressure to meet deadlines. Broadcast sometimes are aired with little or no time for preparation. Some news analysts, reporters, and correspondents work in comfortable, private offices; others work in large rooms with the deafining sound of keyboards and computer printers, and voices of reporters.
Curious onlookers, police, or other emergency workers can distract those reporting from the scene for radio and television. Covering wars, political uprisings, fires, floods, and similar events is often dangerous.
What you need
A good command over the language in which you want to interpret the news. An analytical mind as well as an interest updated of the events around the world and their significance. Presentation is most important in this media, one simply cannot afford to fumble over words on the television or be at a loss for words.
Larger newspapers or stations. Experienced reporters become columnists, correspondents, writers, announcers, or public relations specialists. Others become editors in print journalism or programme managers in broadcast journalism. Thus it is one field which holds out big opportunities for the youngsters.