Broadcasting positions include television or radio broadcasting assistants, broadcast journalists or presenters. Broadcast assistants help with the day-to-day production and delivery of local or national television/radio programmes. Broadcast journalists research and report news and current affairs for news bulletins and factual productions. They usually have a particular role, for example reporter, editor, producer or presenter. Some broadcasters work on a freelance basis; others may have fixed contracts with particular programmes or radio shows.
Broadcasters are expected to uphold certain legal standards in their research methods and material.
- Researching, investigating and presenting factual information on news or current affairs.
- Working to strict deadlines.
- Generating ideas for stories and features.
- Arranging and carrying out live or recorded interviews.
- Using specialised technology to record and present material.
- Ensuring shows run smoothly (broadcast assistants).
Travel: is necessary for journalists and reporters who are working on location.
Working hours: can be irregular and unsociable, including nights and weekends.
Location: Relocation may be necessary for freelancers as contracts are frequently short-term.
Postgraduate courses are available at a number of institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland, however gathering as much practical experience as possible in a broadcasting environment is vital.
Trainee schemes can offer a direct path into a broadcasting career.