How to Start a Career in Broadcasting
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How to Start a Career in Broadcasting

If you are looking to start a career in broadcasting, there are a couple of different paths you can take, depending on what kind of broadcasting you'd like to do. You may want to complete a bachelor's degree in journalism if you are interested in being a news anchor or journalist. If you'd rather be an announcer or radio personality, or if you want to work behind the scenes as a producer or audio engineer, a community college or broadcasting school may be a better choice, since their programs are shorter. There are even a few schools that offer online training in broadcasting, such as the American Broadcasting School.

If you choose to major in broadcast journalism at a four-year institution, you can expect the curriculum to focus on reporting, videography, writing, editing, and production, with the majority of the work being done in the classroom. Broadcasting schools are more hands-on, and feature instruction on writing and producing in areas such as sports, news, and commercials, as well as digital production, control room operating, and voice work.

If a career in the broadcasting industry is something you'd like to pursue, there are a few qualities that are necessary for success.

Traits Required in Broadcasting

  • An Easy Going, Friendly Personality - If you are going to be on air you must appear friendly and likable.
  • Adaptability - In broadcasting, unexpected things happen all the time, so you have to be able to stay focused without losing your cool.
  • The Ability to Communicate - You have to be great at communicating both verbally and in writing if you hope to make it as a broadcaster.
  • Punctuality - You will not last long if you can not complete assignments on time. Broadcasting is all about deadlines.

You should know that broadcasting isn't as glamorous as it seems from the outside, but for the right type of person it can be fun and highly rewarding. If you'd like more information on starting a broadcasting career, there is a great book on the subject, Starting Your Career in Broadcasting: Working On and Off the Air in Radio and Television. And for those only interested in working in radio, I recommend On-Air: The Guidebook to Starting A Career As A Radio Personality.

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