Where do you want to work?
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.Education
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.Advancement
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.
Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Journalist
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Hispanic or Latino12.0%
Black or African American0.8%
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New York University7.0%
University of Texas at Austin6.1%
University of Florida6.1%
Arizona State University5.8%
Michigan State University5.1%
University of Missouri - Columbia5.1%
Ohio University -4.9%
University of Southern California4.6%
University of Iowa4.4%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale4.1%
Southern New Hampshire University4.1%
University of Alabama3.9%
Florida International University3.9%
San Francisco State University3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Junior Journalist||Reuters America LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 22, 2016||$156,341|
|Junior Journalist||Reuters America LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$153,275|
|Journalist||Reuters America LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 29, 2014||$149,537|
|Data Journalist||Move, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$135,000|
|Data Journalist||Move, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$135,000|
|Junior Journalist (Correspondent)||Reuters America LLC||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$113,069|
|Junior Journalist (Correspondent)||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 25, 2014||$113,069|
|Journalist (Reporter)||The New York Times Company||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$108,110|
|Data Journalist-Bloomberg Graphics News Desk||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$108,000|
|Junior Journalist||Reuters America LLC||New York, NY||Sep 04, 2015||$105,598|
|Junior Journalist||Reuters America LLC||New York, NY||Aug 28, 2015||$105,598|
|Journalist||Thomson Reuters U.S. Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2012||$96,606|
|Intermediate Journalist||The New York Times Company||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$85,000|
|NY Online Journalist||Mail Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 21, 2014||$60,000 -
|Journalist, Finance||The Univision Network Limited Partnership||Miami, FL||Jan 09, 2016||$60,000|
|Digital Journalist||Univision Interactive Media, Inc.||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$60,000|
|Digital Journalist||The Univision Network Limited Partnership||Miami, FL||Oct 01, 2015||$60,000|
|Online Journalist||Buzzmedia, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$55,000|
|Journalist||Kpopstars Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2014||$54,000|
|Data Journalist||Hanley Wood||Washington, DC||Aug 17, 2016||$43,202|
|Multimedia Journalist||Univision Television Group, Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Jan 08, 2016||$43,000|
|Writer/Journalist||Takuyo Corporation||Torrance, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$42,784|
|Journalist/Writer||Los Angeles News Publishing Corp.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 28, 2011||$42,723|
|Multimedia Journalist||Scripps NP Operating, LLC||Naples, FL||Aug 30, 2016||$42,016|
|Multimedia Journalist||Scripps NP Operating, LLC||Naples, FL||Aug 22, 2016||$42,016|
|Journalist||Nguoi VIET News, Inc.||Westminster, CA||Feb 01, 2011||$42,000|
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