Be a Credible News Presenter

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The news anchor, field reporter, breaking news reporter and the host are among the news presenters we see on TV. They relay information to the public in a clear, objective and transparent way. A news presenter basically represents the TV program's vision, mission and core values.

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To many, being a TV personality is a prestigious job, a career that many students want to pursue, communications student or not. Sure it has perks, but like any public personality, they generally get some criticism and online bullying too.

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About News Presenters

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News presenters are those you see on television who deliver the news. They are the field reporters, news anchors, TV hosts, and any broadcast journalist that you see on TV reporting. The kind of news varies from straight news and features, to sports and live event hosting. They are network representatives, but are powerful public figures who deliver the news and convey important issues that concern the country.

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News Presenter Prerequisites

One does not become a news reporter, anchorperson, or TV host overnight. First they must earn a college degree in a specialized field of study. Here are the prerequisites before one can become a news presenter:

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    Broadcast Journalism Degree
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    A specialized education in broadcast journalism is often a requirement in order to become part of the media family. Several universities and colleges offer and diplomas and degrees in this area.
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    1. You can choose to major in broadcast communication, journalism, film or advertising. This is an enjoyable and challenging course because all the activities and school requirements are meant to polish the students' skills in various broadcasting fields.
    2. The school is already a training ground for aspiring reporters, directors or advertisers. Expect to have a difficult time when meeting university requirements and deadlines because that's how it is in the real world.
    3. Many political reporters do a joint degree in political science and journalism.
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    Internship
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    The internship is the period where you get first-hand experience in broadcast journalism. Either the university chooses where to assign you on your on-the-job training, or you choose where to apply. It's better if it's the latter because you'll get to experience in searching for jobs. Aside from the freedom, you also are trained to answer questions in interviews and sell yourself.
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    1. You can work for a TV station or a radio station. A newspaper company would also be fine, but it's just that you won't get the privilege to see the actual national or local newscast. Nevertheless, it is during your internship that you can apply all the theories and practices you learned in the university.
    2. Be hungry for knowledge and experience by asking your boss, the producers and the reporters questions you've been meaning to ask.
    3. It's also the perfect time to observe what they do. Always make mental notes of things you see because you will eventually be doing those things when you get the job.
    4. Get the contact details for your boss and everyone else in the newsroom. Befriend them and do your best during your internship. This way, it will be easier for you to apply at that particular TV station when you graduate.
    5. Even if you are not on duty, offer to help, especially when there are special events that your station needs to cover. This will give you a plus point.
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    Seminars
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    Whether you are still a student or already working as a news presenter, you must have the drive to attend as many seminars as you can. Broadcast journalism is a growing industry too, there are different styles of reporting that are evolving and you don't want to be left behind. Remember that even though you have been in the industry for a long time, there are still many things you need to know and learn.
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    Training
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    Enroll in training programs even if it's going to cost you. It's like adding another degree to your craft.
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How to be a Credible News Presenter

Credibility is one of the most important qualities that news presenters need. You need to be believable and trustworthy. The audience will watch a certain news program over the other because they believe them more or they think the program and the news presenters are more credible. As a reporter, you need to work on how to be credible and maintain that image for the rest of your career life.

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The following are some guidelines on how to build credibility when reporting in front of the camera:

Physical Attributes

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    Dress well
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    A news presenter works on national television. The whole nation is watching, so keeping a pleasing a personality is a plus.
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    1. Choose prim and proper tops, blazers and dresses. This does not necessarily mean you need to wear all black and solid-colored clothes. It's all right to wear prints but keep them subdued and fit for certain occasions or weather.  
      1. All black, too much red near your face and all white clothing should be avoided.
      2. The safest color to wear on television is blue.
    2. Dress according to the headlines. If the nation is mourning over a sensitive issue, wear dark and solid colors. But if the mood is celebratory, wear bright-colored blazers or prints.
    3. Avoid tops with plunging necklines. This will lessen your credibility.
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    Makeup
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    1. Wear natural looking makeup. Even though you are in front of a camera, it does not mean you have to wear heavy makeup like that of celebrities playing a role. Your objective is to look credible. In this age of HD TV, the days of thick foundation and TV-Touch (white under the eyes) is over.
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    2. Don't apply mascara too liberally, as it give you "spider eyes".
    3. Wear long-lasting lipstick. When working in the field, there's a tendency that your makeup will fade. Make sure that at least your lips still have color.
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    Hair
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    1. Keep a simple style.
    2. Avoid thick highlights.
    3. Watch your roots.
    4. Too much hairspray makes your hair look like a helmet.
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    Accessories
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    1. Do not wear jewellery that's too flashy, as it will distract your audience.
    2. Avoid clunky jewellery, especially if it's near your microphone, as it will get picked up by the mic.
    3. Eye contact. Keep your eyes facing the camera as if you are talking to a friend. The viewers know when you are reading the script or teleprompter. The motion of your eyes tells that you are reading. Make a few head gestures too and blink from time to time to avoid it being too obvious you're reading.
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    Posture
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    A reporter that has good posture appears more trust-worthy. There is also a sense of confidence and authority when you see someone holding themselves well.
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    Staying in shape
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    There's a lot of pressure in television to be thin - camera puts on ten pounds, etc. The truth is, it does. Maintaining your body is part of what you need to do for the job. If two people are up for the same job, and are equally qualified and talented, they will choose the one more physically appealing. It may not seem fair, but it's part of the business.
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Substance of the Report

After working on your physical appearance, the core of credibility relies on the meat of your report.

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    Well-researched report
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    You cannot inform the audience with shallow reports. Check all the facts and the necessary information, no matter how minute the detail is. It's necessary that you, as the reporter, know the story well.
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    Accurate information
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    Double check facts. Know the exact number of survivors of the plane crash, the exact designation of an official you are about to interview, the correct pronunciation of words, names and places, the exact time of arrival of the President from a trip.
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    Get information from the authorities or experts
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    Do not invent or input your own opinion when reporting. Ask and quote the right people. This will build the audience's confidence.
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    Be Sensitive
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    Be careful when reporting because everything you say is being recorded and may be taken against you.
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    Handle sensitive topics carefully
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    There will come a time when the news presenter will face a somewhat awkward situation brought on by sensitive topics. Learn how to handle them well by not taking sides. Know when to stop asking and learn how to divert the topic to a lighter issue.
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    Don't be biased
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    Always get both sides of the story. The audience needs to know both sides of the argument. The people or groups involved in the issue need to air their own version of the story.
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    Avoid racism
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    Always research beforehand because the idea you have in mind might hurt a particular race or religion. Avoid derogatory words.
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Reporting Style

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    Match the tone of your voice to the mood of the story or issue you are reporting
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    Make your voice cheerful if the story is celebratory and make your voice low and emphatic when the news is a tragic one.
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    Avoid dead air
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    A silence of more than three seconds is becomes dead air. Fill it with ad libs if necessary. Just make sure you are mentioning something that is related to the news.
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    Don't be too opinionated
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    There are times where you can converse with your fellow newscasters on air, and comment on the news. Share sensitive comments. You may also use a bit of humour, but make sure you are not hurting someone's feelings. Limit your opinion to avoid mistakes.
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    Ask intelligent questions
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    Most of the criticism a news presenter gets are related to the uninteresting, and often trivial questions they ask to subjects.
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    Do not ask something that's obvious
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    Ask open-ended questions
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    Your task is to get information from the person involved. You need to get them talking to get the answers you need. Questions answerable by yes or no are fine, but should be limited.
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    Always be in control of the interview, masterly guiding the person you're interviewing
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    Be subtle with your technique.
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    Follow-up questions
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    Listen carefully to the answers of your interviewee because you need to formulate follow-up questions. Think about what the viewers want to know. Be curious and inquisitive. The art of questioning is learned through experience and by watching veteran reporters handle interviews.
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    Honest
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    Aside from giving truthful reports, you also need to be honest in case the news team encounters a technical glitch. Apologize for the inconvenience and give a temporary solution or sensible diversion or news. If you are not able to get the other side of the story because the people concerned don't want to comment, then tell the viewers so. You need to be transparent to earn credibility.
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    Social media presence
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    1. Keep your social media profiles neat.
    2. Avoid posting racy pictures of yourself, pictures of yourself intoxicated, or anything else that might be used against you. You are a public figure and the last thing you want to hear about on the news is yourself.
    3. Be careful what you say. Post or tweet relevant issues or links to your network page or programs. When posting a statement or opinion, again, make sure you are not hurting someone's feelings. You don't want to be a subject of cyber bullying.
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Innate Qualities of a News Presenter

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    People person
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    A news presenter can associate himself with all types of people. He is sociable, friendly, talkative and smart. Anyone who is driven to succeed in this field must know how to talk to people. It only takes exposure and confidence. If you are the shy type, enrol in a personality development course or training to develop confidence and skills in how to deal with people.
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    Knowledgeable and passionate about history and current events
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    A news presenter does not only deliver news. Many times, multitasking is required. They might do interviews with people who are in the news. They might host a talk show or discuss the current news through an editorial. Thus, it is a must that they are interested in the history, politics and current events and the reasons why things are happening as they are. There should be reasons why the present situation came into being. You should have the character of curiosity in you to be able to delve into the facts of the news.
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    Well-modulated voice
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    Some people are gifted with beautiful well-modulated voices. It seems like they are really meant to work as announcers on TV or radio. However, if you are not blessed with a good speaking voice, you can always practice. Read and memorize tongue twisters, or practice with a speech therapist.
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    Good looks
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    Most reporters are good-looking and have pleasing personalities. There are many ways to enhance looks, one of which is to wear makeup properly and wear clothes that will suit your body type well.
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Perks of Being a Reporter

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    VIP treatment and invites
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    Once you are invited to an event or conference, you are given the privilege to be in front of the room with reserved seats because you are a representative of your TV station. You are also invited to press launches, press conferences, media events, concerts, national events and more.
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    Endorsements
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    A very credible and famous news presenter sometimes gets an opportunity to be an ambassador or certain brands or companies. Some even become commercial endorsers.
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    Traveling
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    News presenters go to different places nationwide and even outside the country. It's a privilege to travel, and the network you work for will pay all your expenses.
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    Not only will you be paid well, but you'll get have the opportunity to travel and see beautiful places, meet many people of different culture and witness historical events.
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    Fame
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    Once you appear on TV on a regular basis, the audience becomes familiar with you. Your good reputation and credibility also work in your favour. Don't be surprised if people ask you for a photo-opp with you in public, or if you see a good article written about you, however, you should also be responsible with your actions and comments because once you're in the public eye, every word you say is subject to scrutiny.
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    Free Wardrobe
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    Some news presenters have their own clothes, shoes, salon, skin care sponsors and other free stuff from several sponsors.
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Being a news presenter is not just about the prestige and glory. It is a very demanding job that requires you to be available, energetic and at the top of your game all of the time. If you are not feeling well, you cannot simply miss work because it would be difficult to find a replacement. Moreover, if you are a host and you are having a personal struggle or predicament, you need to leave everything at home and still put a happy and positive aura in front of the television. These downsides will affect different people in different ways - depending on their experience, temperament and maturity.

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