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Media: career ladder

Involves a lot of running around and assisting higher-ups in getting sound bytes, writing very basic scripts and monitoring the wires...Global opportunities | Pluses and minuses

india Updated: Mar 20, 2008 23:26 IST
Kinjal Dagli

Level 1: Trainee/ Intern


Involves a lot of running around and assisting higher-ups in getting sound bytes, writing very basic scripts and monitoring the wires


Monthly salary

: Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000. Interns usually don't get paid.



Level 2: Correspondent-anchor


Writing full scripts, getting reporters to send material from outstation bureaus, being in charge of your own stories.


Monthly salary:

Between Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000



Level 3: Principal/Special correspondent

Supervise correspondents, assign work to trainees, get "phonos" (telephonic interviews) for important stories, write headlines for the main stories


Monthly salary:

Rs 40,000 to Rs 90,000



Level 4: Deputy news editor and above

In charge of directing the news flow on television. Take a call on which stories are primetime, whose reactions need to be aired, and which politicians/experts to bring in as part of the news bulletin. Decide which stories should be followed up.


Monthly salary:

Rs 1 lakh and above

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