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A news anchor is a journalist who educates others to the issues that continuously change and shape the world, whether locally, nationally or internationally. The news anchor delivers the day’s events on a news program, and may comment or provide professional insight on complicated issues that are reported. Sources that are analyzed for commentary or reporting are gleaned from many different media sources, including print and internet agencies.
A news anchor is responsible for interpreting happenings locally, nationally, and internationally for a wide audience. This entails keeping at the forefront of news that has an impact on the viewing audience. Commentary is often provided to help people understand how the news affects their daily lives. Millions of people get their news from the daily evening or late night report, and come to trust and favour a particular news anchor. Successful news anchors have many followers, and are still remembered years later for covering specific events in history. While the evening news is not the only mode of broadcasting, it is perhaps the most watched and most dependable form. There are also local news programs, 24-hours news channels, and even online news programs, and they are all excellent options for someone looking to become a news anchor.
News anchors can also conduct interviews with people who impact media happenings from around the world. Interviews help to open a discussion or clarify issues that influence the news or media happenings. An interview can help broaden the audience's understanding of a particular issue or begin a discourse on an issue important to the audience. Important skills necessary for a news anchor when interviewing others is the ability to put people at ease, and remembering to be unbiased.
A news anchor may be responsible for writing his or her own news copy, operating the control board, and conducting investigative journalism. Larger stations have separate newscasters for each section of the news, and personnel are made available to assist in researching and writing news stories.
The workload for a news anchor can be demanding. The day may begin very early, depending on the shift assigned. Once at work, the anchor will begin by reviewing the events of the last 24 hours, and then decide what and what not to cover. A large portion of the workday is devoted to reading news articles and searching out items of interest to the viewing or listening audience.
Interviews must be prepared for and may involve reading the works of the person to be interviewed. In some cases, the news anchor may be responsible for contacting the people to be interviewed. Once the subject matters have been decided, the news anchor will work with the writers to create a transcript for the broadcast. After hair and makeup, the anchor delivers the broadcast, working in front of the camera anywhere from a half hour to several hours in a row. News anchors most often work from a television studio or radio studio, but may also present the news from remote locations in the field related to a particular major news event.
A bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism is usually required. However, experience is also important in landing a job as a news anchor. 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. News anchors often work their way up the reporting ranks to land the job after working as a reporter, news writer or correspondent.
Williams knew he wanted to be a news anchor by the ripe old age of eight and began boning up for the big time by staging imaginary newscasts from his living room in Elmira, New York (He also published a weekly newspaper using his father's shirt cardboards).
Being a television news anchor is a demanding job. When she’s not on the air twice a day, CTV Saskatoon’s Chantel Huber rolls up her sleeves and gets right in the trenches with her coworkers – culling stories from the newswire, the internet, CTV affiliates and the previous night’s newscast and rewriting the content into her own style of broadcast copy.
The lights shine brightly, the director gives the cue, the theme music swells to a climax, and Jonathan Mann tells the camera, "Good afternoon from the CNN Center; our top stories today...." It's a line he repeats every weekday as a news anchor at CNN International.
An anchor personality is also referred to as newscaster. He is responsible for delivering news to a local, regional or national broadcast audience on radio or TV.
The best news anchors and “live” reporters make their work look easy, but it isn’t. Beyond voice, looks or delivery, the best possess what I call “skills without script.”
At the networks the TV news anchors present the news. You know the people -- the ones sitting there behind a desk (or in the field) telling you what’s happening in the world that day.