How To Become A Broadcast Journalist

To become a broadcast journalist, a good way to begin is by knowing what interests you, where your skills lie, and what your passions are.  Perhaps you are interested in delivering the news to a local audience, or maybe even a national audience, via television, the radio, or the Internet.  Maybe you love to travel and would like to report the news from exotic locations around the world.  Or your love of online media could turn into a job as a professional blogger or social media manager.  Spend some time thinking about what would fulfill your career aspirations.

What steps should I take to become a Broadcast Journalist?

1.  Start Small (and Local)

It’s a good idea to begin your experience by working at small locations, often with no pay.  The national audience is very attractive, but very few start out there.   Internships at local stations or newspapers are often available to journalism students.  Here are a few other ideas to help you get started:

  •  Volunteer to write for your school newspaper
  •  Edit your school’s yearbook
  • Write a blog in an area that interests you
  • Volunteer to contribute to a friend’s website

All of these provide great real-world experience that you can draw on later.

2. Pursue an Education

Determine how your experience may best be complemented by a degree that will make you a competitive candidate for application.  Research the best degree and coursework that matches with your interests and experience.  No matter what level of experience you have, a solid education is a must.

3. Decide on a school

Request information from journalism schools offering degrees in your chosen niche. Compare schools, get program details, online degree availability, and ensure that the degree is aligned with your broadcast journalism career goals.  You will have the opportunity to speak directly with a representative from each school to make sure you get your questions answered.

4. Apply at a school

Apply and enroll in a school of your choice. Determine if it would be better for you to find related work experience while obtaining your degree online, or if you would rather attend a traditional campus location.

5. Build on your education

Continue to pursue relevant experience while you’re in school.  Online publication, whether in the form of a blog or your own website, is an easy way to build on your experience so that you are more ready for the workforce when you graduate.

Obtaining your broadcast journalism degree will help you reach your goal of becoming a broadcast journalist.  This education, combined with the experienced you’ve started to build, will help qualify you for entry-level positions at TV or radio stations, newspapers, or online publications.  This is supported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, who states that job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, combined with relevant job experience.

Related Career Interests

Your education in broadcast journalism can easily transfer into other journalism careers, such as:

  • sports journalism
  • foreign correspondence
  • communications
  • social media
  • freelance writing
  • marketing
  • public relations