Job Family: Arts, Communications, Media, and Design Broadcast Journalists and Newswriters
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1: Journalist documents interview. Photo 2: Journalist does a broadcast inside radio studio

Casondra Brewster
Occupation: Broadcast Journalists and Newswriter

I had a college scholarship for an associate’s degree in journalism at Casper College in Wyoming. I wanted to continue my studies in journalism, bu…

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Mary Simms
Occupation: Broadcast Journalist and Newswriter

After high school, I went into financial advising. However, when everything started happening following September 11th--the invasion in…

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Short Description
The military publishes newspapers and broadcasts television and radio programs for its personnel and the public. These services are an important source of general information about people and events in the military. Broadcast journalists and newswriters write and present news programs, web based programming music programs, and radio talk shows.

What They Do
Broadcast journalists and newswriters in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Gather information for military news programs and publications
  • Write radio and TV scripts, news releases, feature articles, and editorials
  • Develop ideas for news articles
  • Arrange and conduct interviews
  • Collect information for commercial media use
  • Select photographs and write captions for news articles
  • Present news
  • Produce press kits for release to civilian media outlets

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include English, journalism, speech, and media communications. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate records
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Interest in researching facts and issues for news stories
  • Strong, clear speaking voice

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Course content typically includes:
  • Newswriting and research
  • Newspaper format and layout
  • Photojournalism (writing news stories featuring pictures)
  • Radio and television programming and production

Work Environment
Broadcast journalists and newswriters work in broadcasting studios on land or aboard ships, or sometimes outdoors, depending upon the research needed for their articles.

Civilian Counterparts
Broadcast journalists and newswriters work for newspapers, magazines, wire services, and radio and television stations. Their duties are similar to those performed by military journalists and newswriters. They may be employed as newscasters, disc jockeys, writers, directors, producers, or correspondents.

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