A bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism is usually required. However, experience is also important in landing a job as a news analyst. Volunteering to report for the college newspaper or starting a newscasting blog or vlog on issues important to a specific audience are a couple of ways to build a following and to begin building a reputation in newscasting. Another option is to submit articles to the local newspaper on current events. Experience can also be gained through a paid or unpaid internship at a local television or radio station.
A news anchor job is not one for the shy or faint of heart. An ability to be persistent and pursue a story even in the face of adversity is also an important character trait.
Usually, a person who can’t seem to satisfy his or her own curiosity about a subject is very well suited to a job as a news anchor. Curiosity is perhaps one of the key ingredients necessary in a person’s becoming interested in working as a news analyst. It helps to have a hunger to know and better understand the important issues that affect people in their everyday lives. A curious person is insatiable in learning about the world around them; coupling this with the penchant to share that knowledge is very important.
Prospective newscasters should also be able to articulate and present complicated ideas in a short period of time. A desire to read and analyze major news happenings is an important trait for anyone who wishes to become a news broadcaster.
A working knowledge of political systems and their impact on a constituency is important to a person who wants a career in newscasting. A pleasant speaking voice is important for radio broadcasting, and a neat and trustworthy appearance is important in television broadcasting.
The ability to convey complicated matters to an audience from various educational backgrounds and ability to grasp complex issues also helps. The newscaster must be able to edify while keeping the attention of a broad range of viewers.
Travel is often a requirement for news anchors to report on a subject as it occurs. A sense of adventure and willingness to travel abroad are important traits for a news anchor. Pursuit of a story may require traveling to exotic and less than exotic places to make the news personal to an audience. The willingness and ability to be able to travel is important in broadcast journalism, as is the ability to quickly absorb information and provide unbiased information.