A career in broadcast journalism can bring excitement and glamour and is perfect for people who think analytically and have strong communication skills who can handle stress and competition and thrive on erratic working hours and unpredictable situations.
Most broadcast journalists work for audiovisual media such as television news channels or radio stations and the internet rather than for print media such as newspapers and magazines. However some work for museums schools and corporations that use mass media. Broadcast journalists can be reporters anchors and correspondents but they can also work behind the scenes as editors or producers
Regardless of their specific role all broadcast journalists are involved in investigating and gathering information on news and events and presenting it to the public in a balanced and accurate way. They should also have technical knowledge because they deal with various instruments during the course of their jobs. A number of universities offer courses and degrees in audiovisual media. Students take classes in how to operate technical equipment and how to produce programs.
Many broadcast journalists earn bachelors degrees in broadcasting journalism or communications and ideally they gain experience working for a college radio or TV station while they are in school. Most broadcast journalists start out at stations in lower-paying small markets. Those who survive can move on to larger higher-paying markets in big cities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hourly wages range from $12 to $45 depending on experience position and size of the market. The median salary is approximately $31000.