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Broadcasting Researcher

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€18k > 35 
Broadcasting Researcher
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€18 - 35 
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Last Updated: March, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works within a production team in television and radio searching out information, locations, people and archive material for producers and writers of television and radio programmes.


The Work header image

Broadcasting researchers provide the basic material for radio and television programmes. They develop ideas for programmes and follow them through to broadcasting. The nature of the research varies according to the type of programme being produced.  
 
Researchers are responsible for finding out facts and figures, contacting people for comments and setting up programmes. They carry out interviews with a variety of people to get detailed information. Stories may involve sensitive issues and some interviewees may be nervous.  
 
Researchers may also plan locations for filming and check through archives and specialist collections for historical information. They must make sure that all information for broadcast is factually correct. They may also be involved in selecting the play list for radio shows.  
 
Eventually, researchers may help to write news reports and scripts for presenters or interviewers.  
 
It may be necessary to travel nationally and even internationally as a broadcasting researcher. They plan Outside Broadcasts and make sure they are appropriate.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.

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Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.

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Review copy and correct errors in content, grammar, and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

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Review and evaluate notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.

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Determine a story's emphasis, length, and format, and organize material accordingly.

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Research and analyze background information related to stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.

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Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.

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Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.

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Research and report on specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology, politics, foreign affairs, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education.

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Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should have the ability to communicate with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. In particular, you will need to be good at putting people at ease in order to get a good response from them.  
 
Specialist knowledge of particular subjects and research sources may be helpful for some jobs. You should have an interest in history, politics and general knowledge as well as keeping up to date with current affairs. You should be aware of what topics interest people.  
 
Word processing skills are essential for drafting scripts and providing reports on findings. Self-motivation and the ability to work both alone and in a team are also vital. You should be outgoing and self confident.


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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE)
  Address: Donnybrook, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 208 3111
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) - Human Resources Television
  Address: TV Programme Building, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 208 2442
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