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Sample news anchor job description 

[Company X] is looking for an enthusiastic news anchor to join our newsroom and assist in delivering important news-related content to the general public. As a news anchor, you will work closely with reporters and other journalists to gather facts, broadcast news reports, interview guests, and cover breaking stories when necessary. You will cover local, state, national, and international events, and also stay well-informed on breaking news developments. The ideal candidate is able to gather and anchor breaking news with a high degree of skill, passion, and professionalism.

Objectives of this role

  • Conceptualize, pitch, and develop news segments 

  • Choose the most important, appropriate, and interesting news to broadcast based on areas of popular interest and viewer demographics 

  • Collaborate with newsroom staff to gather and record news content 

  • Organize segments to ensure the most interesting and timely pieces are presented first

  • Cover breaking news events as they occur, including natural disasters, fires, and crimes 

  • Stay up to date on news developments to ensure the community is well-informed on current events


  • Deliver live, scripted, prerecorded, and breaking news reports, whether in the studio or in the field

  • Research news and current events on the local, state, national, and international levels 

  • Interview guests and other members of the community involved in stories 

  • Introduce news correspondents and other journalists reporting live on the scene, and ask them relevant questions

  • Write and revise scripts, engage in commentary, and ensure late-breaking news is added to broadcasts

  • Comply with journalism ethics and standards, and ensure a professional appearance, manner, and use of language throughout broadcasts

Skills and qualifications

  • Proven media personality, with the ability to remain comfortable and professional while on camera

  • Excellent verbal communication skills

  • Broad understanding of the newscast process 

  • General knowledge of local, national, and international affairs 

  • Passion for breaking news and current events

  • Ability to improvise on camera when necessary

Preferred qualifications

  • Previous experience as a news anchor or broadcast reporter

  • Active social media presence 

  • Ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines

  • Ethical and professional research, writing, and reporting skills

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Team player who works well both collaboratively and independently