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What Do Broadcast News Analyst Do?

Career Description Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

What Do Broadcast News Analysts Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Coordinate and serve as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
  • Edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space.
  • Analyze and interpret news and information received from various sources to broadcast the information.
  • Present news stories, and introduce in-depth videotaped segments or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters.
  • Examine news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.
  • Gather information and develop perspectives about news subjects through research, interviews, observation, and experience.

Skills Needed to be a News Analyst

When polled, Broadcast News Analysts say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Broadcast News Analyst

  • News Director
  • National Investigative Producer
  • Digital Commentator
  • Broadcast Meteorologist
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)

News Analyst Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 5,700 jobs for Broadcast News Analyst in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Broadcast News Analyst. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 500 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for News Analyst are Utah, Idaho, and South Carolina. Watch out if you plan on working in Wisconsin, Washington, or North Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a News Analyst

The average yearly salary of a News Analyst ranges between $27,370 and $200,180.


Broadcast News Analysts who work in District of Columbia, Washington, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Broadcast News Analysts make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $102,010
Arizona $97,240
Arkansas $80,750
California $102,480
Colorado $96,680
District of Columbia $116,420
Florida $102,180
Idaho $86,770
Illinois $76,260
Indiana $68,000
Kentucky $93,630
Louisiana $64,920
Maryland $88,800
Mississippi $74,880
Missouri $83,230
Nevada $71,820
New Jersey $44,660
New York $111,340
North Carolina $97,550
North Dakota $75,480
Ohio $79,270
South Carolina $57,530
Tennessee $67,840
Texas $90,060
Utah $77,020
Washington $122,060
Wisconsin $91,770

Tools & Technologies Used by Broadcast News Analysts

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Broadcast News Analysts may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Audion Laboratories VoxPro

How to Become a News Analyst

Are there Broadcast News Analysts education requirements?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Broadcast News Analysts?


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