How to become a Media Presenter

Media presenters deliver a variety of radio, television and live programmes, including all music formats, music and chat programmes, interview and talkback programmes, news bulletins and sports programmes. They may also present rock and classical music concerts that are broadcast live to air, and pre-recorded programmes such as documentary and music specials.

Personal requirements of a Media Presenter

  • Clear speaking voice with good command of English
  • Broad general knowledge
  • Interest in current affairs and/or music
  • Technical ability to operate broadcasting equipment
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to work in country areas

Education & Training for a Media Presenter

You can work as a media presenter without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in media or screen and media. Applicants may be required to attend an audition or an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a media presenter through a traineeship in Media or Screen and Media. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. Alternatively, you can become a media presenter by studying media, communications or journalism at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Applicants may be required to attend an audition or an interview. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Educational and community radio stations are mainly staffed by volunteers. They offer you experience and often conduct their own short courses or offer opportunities for you to gain credit towards training package qualifications. Contact your local station or the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (www.cbaa.org.au) for more details.

Duties & Tasks of a Media Presenter

Media presenters may perform the following tasks:

  • announce programs, music and entertainment items
  • read commercials, both live and pre-recorded
  • read news bulletins
  • provide station identification, time, weather and community announcements
  • introduce live performances
  • conduct interviews and host talkback programs
  • make live-action commentary on sporting events, politics, and social and economic matters
  • work off-camera in television announcing programs
  • host panel shows and live variety shows
  • interview personalities at special events, or in studios for live or taped broadcasts
  • introduce performers and host special events
  • write their own scripts.

Working conditions for a Media Presenter

Media presenters may be required to work irregular hours, including weekends. On-camera presenters need to be well groomed. Specialist presenters, such as sports and political commentators, should have a solid knowledge of the subject they are presenting.

Employment Opportunities for a Media Presenter

Media presenters work for radio and television stations and advertising production houses. Competition is very strong for any positions offered. There are often more vacancies in country radio stations, which is where inexperienced media presenters usually begin their careers. Successful applicants are often those with knowledge in special areas of interest such as sport, music or drama.

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