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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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12 Anchoring I

The anchor is the creation of electronic journalism. Think about it: who is the anchor of the newspaper? There isn’t such an animal. In no other medium is a single person so involved in presenting the news, and nowhere else does one person have to be so informed.

The anchor is the single most important on-camera position in all of television. It is a huge responsibility, an enormous job, and wildly rewarding both professionally and personally. In many cases, the anchor has become the face of the station or network.

In defining the anchor position, it is best to go back to the little known and often misunderstood root of the title. You may think it’s like an ocean anchor, the person holding the ship steady in all kinds of weather. ...

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