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How to Become a News Anchor

College/Career Expert Advice from Carol Carter

Q: I want to be a news anchor. What should my major be? Do any colleges focus on broadcasting?

A: Many news anchors majored in mass communications or journalism. However, the job demands that anchors also must be well-versed in political science, sociology, psychology, and the sciences. Since you cover every part of the human experience as a news anchor, you will also want to get some experience being out there on the front lines in difficult situations. For example, you could volunteer at the scene of a natural disaster, work in an emergency room, or put yourself in any number of other situations that will prove later on that you have the grit needed for the job. You'll need to demonstrate grace under pressure in addition to completing the requisite college courses. Check the "Peterson's Guide to Colleges" and look up broadcasting for the best bets.

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Carol Carter is the author of many books on college and career planning. She is the cofounder of Lifeskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages high-school students to explore their goals, career options, and the real world through part-time work and internships. She also gives workshops around the country on career exploration and other issues directly related to helping students succeed in college, career, and life.

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