Sports broadcasting is one of the opportunities-laden occupations in the media field. Most students who advance for mass communications doesn’t specialize in broadcasting as their option; this leaves a void that needs to be filled on by a few students (Watson 55). This paper explores the pre-requisites for this career and the possible additional qualifications that the one should have.
The Nature of the Career itself
Sports broadcaster is one of the most exciting careers to especially in. Sports are a person who is tasked with an activity of broadcasting and commenting on a particular game. This is the most exciting career opportunity that doesn’t involve a lot of hectic activities. A sports broadcaster is tasked with live commentaries of a life event or sport, for example, football, rugby, and athletics. The person running the analysis should be fluent and quick in capturing events, as is this one of the most career opportunities that demands attentiveness. A sports broadcaster can use different avenues to run commentary analysis of the sport, e.g., radio, television or live streaming on the website.
A sports broadcaster ought to be fluent and enthusiastic in the live coverage event. Fluency helps the listener to capture all the ongoing events without necessarily having a view of it. Most broadcasters are eager; this only means that a presenter can manipulate a listener to hear more of the broadcasting event without losing patience. A broadcaster uses various intra-personal skills to lure the listener into having a glimpse of every game without being distracted by anything or anyone. Broadcasting sports like, football needs a person who is full of vigor and the ability to motivate the listeners to hear more and more of the live broadcasting event. This only means, being a broadcaster doesn’t necessarily require one to be armed with the necessary level qualifications. Still, it sometimes demands the person be highly presentable and an enthusiast.
Qualifications/Preparation to Work in the Field
Various preparations need to be achieved before individual advances into the career field. One of the necessary qualifications is to have a degree in mass communication and a specialization in sports broadcaster. This exposes an individual into the pre-requisites of being a sports broadcaster. The qualifications are essential as this is a tool that is used by most of the broadcasting companies that employ individuals. Communication is another critical tool that a broadcaster should be proficient in. Excellent performance in communication skills allows an individual to complete his experience to broadcast sport.
Another possible way of preparing is to be familiar with the career. Going for career workshops and training helps an individual to complete his skills in broadcasting sports. Internships or placement during the undergraduate program helps an individual to familiarize himself with the career world. This exposes an individual to what broadcasting entails and the equipment and apparatus used in the broadcasting environment.
Being a good time manager is among the success skills that an excellent broadcaster ought to have. Time is crucial for this career; running a live commentary involves time regulation. For instance, the time is taken when a person comments on the sport to the time that this information is relayed to the listener (Greer et al. 68). Time is also necessary for availing oneself in event venues. Being at an event venue in good time means that the event is broadcasted timely, but arriving late translates that the game is commented on in a slow time.
Opportunities for Earnings and Promotion that are Likely in this Career
There are many opportunities available for this career. More and more media houses are coming, and most of them need qualified personnel to fit their broadcasting team; this means that an equal opportunity will translate to the same earning. A person looking to be a sports career can be assured of a stable salary income and a variety of allowances, e.g., traveling and entertainment. Averagely, a sports broadcaster earns a gross salary of $4565 per month before tax. This includes other benefits, and the net wage might add up to $6025 (Tainsky 810). This seems to be one of the highest paying careers as one is compensated for all the hours that he spends in the field or the office.
A sports broadcaster can be promoted to join the team of the senior sports anchors. Therefore, the path to this is performing well as a sports broadcaster.
A sports broadcaster career is one of the few fields that individuals advance for. People opt for; white-collar jobs, other better opportunities in the mass communication sector and leaves the sports broadcaster empty. Not all who push for the sportscasting broadcasting career come out successfully; it needs other intra-personal skills that are of the essence.
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