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