News Anchor

Job Description:

News anchors are television or radio journalists who are responsible for presenting news stories to the public in a clear, engaging, and impartial manner

Job Category:
Culture, Media & Sport

What you will do:

Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of news anchors:

  • read news scripts or ad-lib information while on air
  • work closely with producers, writers, and editors to prepare news scripts and story rundowns for their broadcasts
  • review and edit scripts for clarity and accuracy
  • research and gather information about news stories they will be presenting
  • live reporting from the scene of breaking news events or significant stories
  • conduct live or recorded interviews with newsmakers, experts, and individuals involved in news stories to provide in-depth analysis and context
  • continuously monitor news sources, including wire services, social media, and other news outlets, to stay informed about the latest developments in stories they are covering
  • use inflection, intonation, and body language to deliver news stories in an engaging and relatable manner


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent written communication skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • to work well under sudden change and high stress environments (adaptability skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a News Anchor or broadcast journalist, specific qualifications are not directly required. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in journalism and broadcast media. Here are some subjects that can be valuable for aspiring News Anchors:

  1. English Language: Excellent communication skills, including reading, writing, and spoken communication, are essential for journalism. A strong foundation in English will help you express yourself clearly and concisely.
  2. Media Studies: If your school offers a media studies course, it can provide insights into the world of media, journalism, and the principles of reporting. It may also introduce you to the basics of video production and editing.
  3. ICT: Familiarity with computer software and digital media tools can be important for editing and producing news stories.
  4. Curiosity and Current Affairs Knowledge: A genuine interest in current events and a broad knowledge of national and international news are essential for a career in journalism.

Post School


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or Communications

After completing your GCSEs and A-levels (or equivalent), enrol in a bachelor’s degree program in journalism, communications, or a related field. This program will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for journalism.

Internships and Work Experience
During your undergraduate studies, seek internships or part-time jobs with news organisations or media outlets. Gaining practical experience is crucial for building your resume and network in the industry.

Continuing Education
Some aspiring News Anchors pursue postgraduate degrees in journalism or related fields to further specialise and gain advanced skills. This is optional but can be advantageous.

Entry-Level Reporting Jobs
After completing your education, start your career in journalism as a reporter or correspondent at a local news station or publication. Here, you will gain experience in news gathering, writing, and reporting.

Voice and Presentation Training
News Anchors often undergo voice training and receive coaching on their on-air presentation skills to improve their delivery and professionalism.

Remember that the path to becoming a News Anchor can vary based on location, the specific news organisation, and individual career goals. It’s important to be persistent, adaptable, and committed to the principles of journalistic integrity and accuracy throughout your career.

Working Hours and Environment:

You may work long, irregular hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays.

You’ll usually work in an open-plan office. You’ll also spend time out of the office, following up stories.

If you work for the national or international press you could travel abroad.

Career Path & Progression:

As you gain more experience as a news anchor, you can aim for higher-profile positions, such as prime-time anchor or lead anchor.

Consider taking on leadership roles within the newsroom, such as managing editor or news director, if you aspire to lead news teams.