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Become A General Assignment Reporter

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Working As A General Assignment Reporter

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $39,528

    Average Salary

What Does A General Assignment Reporter Do

A General Assignment Reporter reports and writes about a wide range of topics and newsworthy events.

How To Become A General Assignment Reporter

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.


Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.


After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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General Assignment Reporter Career Paths

General Assignment Reporter
Communications Specialist Sales Manager Retail Sales Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Marketing Manager
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
News Editor Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Marketing Director Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Project Manager Business Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Sports Editor Managing Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reporter Writer And Editor
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Communications Manager Creative Director
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Marketing Specialist Social Media Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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General Assignment Reporter Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Gujarati

  • Italian

  • Hungarian

  • Bosnian

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Korean

  • Tamil

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Real General Assignment Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Reporter Mail Media, Inc. New York, NY Mar 26, 2012 $80,000 -
General Assignment Reporter Mundo Hispanico Acquisition, LLC Norcross, GA Sep 06, 2013 $32,000 -
General Reporter Mail Media, Inc. New York, NY Aug 06, 2012 $30,035 -
General Reporter Mail Media, Inc. New York, NY Aug 27, 2012 $30,035 -

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Top Skills for A General Assignment Reporter


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Top General Assignment Reporter Skills

  1. Feature
  2. General News Stories
  3. News Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General assignment reporter with emphasis on feature reports called Nunnsense.
  • Reported on political and general news stories, wrote PKGs, edited news stories
  • Set up stories, breaking news coverage.
  • Cover general assignment stories including city council meetings, public transit issues, and health concerns in all three states.
  • Reported live for daily news stories by coordinating with producers, managers, and photographers to schedule and write stories.

Top General Assignment Reporter Employers