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Newsroom assistants are employed to help out with a wide range of tasks which will vary depending on the size of the newsroom and the number of people it employs.
Much of the work carried out by a newsroom assistant will be administrative and will often include answering telephones, sorting and delivering mail, filing news stories, keeping track of office equipment and communicating with external parties.
They may be asked to help prepare news bulletins by writing scripts, organising programming schedules and arranging interviews.
A newsroom assistant might also be asked to research and write news stories and features, upload written content onto the Internet and keep track of social networking platforms.
Working as a newsroom assistant is a good way to learn about the different positions found in the newsroom. Most reporters, producers and presenters will have started their careers working as a newsroom assistant in some form or another.