Reporting the news involves a variety of different people, from journalists and video editors, to presenters and studio production staff. Below is a rundown of how Sky News reports the news as it happens, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How does Sky News find and get its news?
In Australia, Sky News has reporters in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. These reporters either send news material back to the Sky News Centre in Sydney or they link up for direct live reports which go straight to air in the news. The channel also gets material from Seven and Nine television networks.
Sky News receives its overseas news from Sky News UK (United Kingdom) and from America's ABC and CBS networks. International News Agencies APTN and Reuters also provide Sky News with the latest worldwide news.
How is the news content managed?
Firstly, as the raw news material comes in, it is constantly recorded in the Sky News computer systems. Much of it is also backed up on videotape.
Then, a team of Sky News journalists reads the material and writes it into scripts ready for use in Sky News bulletins.
After that, the visual material is edited and cut to match the script written by the journalist. The journalists themselves often do this, but teams of specialist video editors work on the more complicated items.
How does the Sky News team work?
As news happens round the clock, so too is Sky News is a 24 hour, 7 day a week operation. Journalists and production staff work in teams to cover all Sky News' hours of broadcast.
Each team is made up of journalists, video editors, presenters and studio production staff. Most journalists are producers who work with video editors to prepare material for use in Sky News bulletins. A small number of journalists also work as reporters. Presenters read it on air, and conduct live interviews.
In the studio, production staff control the news bulletins as they go to air. They integrate all the different elements, switching between the various cameras and other sources and managing lighting and audio levels.
In addition, Sky News has technicians who manage all incoming raw material, and presentation directors who manage the channel's outgoing signal - ensuring that it reaches FOXTEL in good shape and with all commercials correctly inserted.
Finally, the entire operation is supported behind the scenes by managers, broadcast and IT engineering technicians and accounting staff.