Industry Snapshot: Television Broadcasting

The Pros & Cons of Television Broadcasting

“Television broadcasters are responsible for gathering information, writing and editing broadcast news, educating audiences on political, social and global issues as well as presenting news material in an objective manner.”

Once the most reliable and only source of serious news headlines, today’s television broadcasters have to compete with uncredited sources via the internet to broadcast news exclusively. Reporting stories live-on-air where no mistake goes unnoticed can be immensely stressful but if you’re as suave and candid as Ron Burgundy live streaming will be the least of your worries. From broadcasting in cyclonic winds and torrential rain to following up leads on missing child allegations, no day would be the same that is for sure.

• Opportunity to talk to interesting people, research interesting subjects and report on historical moments • Hard to break into as it is competitive with only a small amount of jobs available
• Learn about cultural and social aspects based on what you are researching and reporting on (for e.g. political activities in government, local heroes in the community, scientific breakthroughs, etc.) • Long hours
• Predominately outdoor field work, not sitting at a desk all day • Strict deadlines
• Opportunity to travel • Can be difficult to maintain a work/ life balance
• Opportunity to become a well-known TV personality such as the contagiously enthusiastic and much-loved QUT alumni, Karl Stefanovic • Can be exposed to dangerous situations (reporting during weather events or confronting unpredictable interviewees)
• Be publicly noticed for your professionalism and skills within the industry and by the viewers • Expectation to always look immaculate in front of the camera

by Amelia Napier