What a WHSV anchor does:
1) Monitor social media
2) Anchor newscast
3) Assist with breaking news
4) Report on special projects, including TSRs
5) Assign stories to reporters and photographers
6) Communicate coverage plans with assignment manager and other producers
7) Share promotable stories with promotions department for newscasts
8) Monitor AP wires for new stories
9) Attend benchmark reviews with news director
10) Build rundown, write scripts and graphics for show, and approve reporter scripts
An anchor does more than just sit on the news desk during shows. The anchor also produces the show. They build rundowns, write scripts, create graphics, proof reporter scripts, and read over their scripts before the newscast. Anchor/producers attend the daily editorial meeting and choose the stories of the day, along with the other producers and newsroom management. They will also keep an ear out for breaking news and adjust their rundowns if needed. Anchor/producers will help train new reporters on the shows they produce.
In addition to their daily duties, anchors are responsible for monitoring social media. They will also report on special projects, such as TSRs or station franchises. Anchors/producers will meet monthly with the news director for benchmarks and complete ascertainments each quarter.
Why be a WHSV anchor?
Our WHSV anchors are tasked with much more responsibilities than larger station anchors. Not only do they anchor the show, they produce the newscast. This means they gain more skills, making them more marketable. Not only that, our anchors are multitaskers. They have creative opportunities to take risks, have fun, be themselves and create great content. WHSV anchors also work with reporters every day, guiding them as they create stories for their shows, making them stronger leaders.