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What are the Different TV News Jobs?

Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke

It takes a group of professionals to produce a television news program. A team of producers is responsible for organizing the entire show from financing to scheduling; however, the most recognized TV news jobs tend to be those in front of the camera, such as newscasters and reporters. Technical positions, such as camera operators and film editors, physically manufacture the final news program.

TV news jobs in production typically involve a wide variety of job duties. The production team is generally responsible for the creation and completion of a news program and supervises the activity of the news anchors, reporters, camera operators, and other staff members. An executive producer oversees the production team, secures financing for the program, and typically makes final decisions on advertising, content, and segment length. Line producers monitor news programs to ensure they stay on schedule and don’t exceed the budget set by the executive producer. They may also determine the importance or popularity of news stories in order to put them into ordered segments.

TV news jobs include camera operators.
TV news jobs include camera operators.

News reporters travel to locations of breaking news stories, conduct interviews, and gather pertinent details that are compiled into reports by news writers. The completed reports are then given to news anchors. News anchors, also known as news analysts or newscasters, usually work in a studio and present the news reports to the viewing public. A reporter may appear on camera to provide additional information during a new anchor’s broadcast segment.

Reporters are part of TV news staff.
Reporters are part of TV news staff.

Most news programs are intended to be objective, but a news commentator’s job is to offer his or her opinions on current events. Many other on-camera TV news jobs are focused on specialized areas of news. Weathercasters may examine national and local weather satellites and then report the findings, while sportscasters present local and national sports-related news.

A TV news anchor typically provides news to the viewer during a live broadcast.
A TV news anchor typically provides news to the viewer during a live broadcast.

Many integral TV news jobs take place behind the scenes. Camera operators are responsible for using and maintaining the recording equipment for TV news segments. They may work in the studio and film the news anchors with cameras on tripods, or accompany reporters on location with handheld cameras.

Film and video editors compile the final version of a news story that the viewing public sees. Reporters may gather hours of interviews and footage for a news story that the executive producer wants cut down to a short news segment, often consisting of less than five minutes. The film and video editors review the footage, look for the best shots or interview quotes, and cut out the unneeded footage. They then decide how to organize the segment, such as when to show shots of the reporter and when to cut to interviews or still shots.

Discussion Comments


I can't believe how much TV news has changed. Like the article says, news programs are supposed to be objective by nature, but as most of us know this is not the case. If you want to get a decent picture of what is actually happening in the world then you have to watch the liberal newscast for a while and then switch to the conservative newscast.

The truth lies somewhere in the middle.


@Sporkasia - I got to visit the set of a TV station newscast when I was in college also. I was more fascinated by the technology that went into the newscast production than I was with any of the newscasters or personalities that we met.

I also did a mock newscast. I sat behind the desk like the anchor person and read the information on the screen. While I was doing this, the producer was talking in my ear through a hidden microphone giving me instructions and telling me what was coming up next.

After that experience, I had much more respect for what the people who have TV news jobs reading the news have to do each night during a telecast. It wasn't easy for me.


When I was in college and studying journalism I had an opportunity to visit a news studio. At the time it was customary for our journalism professor to take his Journalism 101 students to visit the local television station and to the local newspapers and radio stations, too.

When you're in college, the people you see on television doing the various television news jobs can be a bit intimidating. The camera and the whole production makes the news casters appear larger than life. When we went to the television station, we were able to see that the people working there were basically people like us except they were a few years, and in some cases a lot of years, ahead of us on the career path.

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