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What Does a News Analyst Do

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.

Duties

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically do the following:

  • Research topics and stories that an editor or news director has assigned to them
  • Interview people who have information, analysis, or opinions about a story or article
  • Write articles for newspapers, blogs, and magazines and write scripts to be read on television or radio
  • Review articles for accuracy and proper style and grammar
  • Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
  • Analyze and interpret information to increase their audiences’ understanding of the news
  • Update stories as new information becomes available

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, newspaper, or website.

Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings to create a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts or different media platforms.

Most television and radio shows have hosts, also called anchors, who report the news and introduce stories from reporters.

Journalists for print media conduct interviews and write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Because most newspapers and magazines have print and online versions, reporters typically produce content for both versions. Doing so often requires staying up to date with new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information.

Some journalists may convey stories through both broadcast and print media, as well as help manage the organization’s web content. For example, television stations often have a website, and a reporter may post a blog or an article for the website. Similarly, a reporter working for newspapers or magazines may create videos or podcasts that people access online.

Stations are increasingly relying on multimedia journalists to publish content on a variety of platforms, including radio and television stations, websites, and mobile devices. Multimedia journalists typically record, report, write, and edit their own stories. They also gather the audio, video, or graphics that accompany their stories.

Reporters and correspondents may need to maintain a presence on social media networking sites. Many use social media to cover live events, provide additional information for readers and viewers, promote their stations and newscasts, and engage better with their audiences.

Some journalists, particularly those in large cities or large news organizations, cover a particular topic, such as sports, medicine, or politics. Journalists who work in small cities, towns, or organizations may need to cover a wider range of subjects.

Some reporters live in other countries and cover international news.

Some reporters—particularly those who work for print news—are self-employed and take freelance assignments from news organizations. Freelance assignments are given to writers on an as-needed basis. Because freelance reporters are paid for the individual story, they work with many organizations and often spend some of their time marketing their stories and looking for their next assignment.

Some people with a background as a reporter or correspondent work as postsecondary teachers and teach journalism or communications at colleges and universities.

Broadcast news analysts are another type of media occupation. Broadcast news analysts are often called upon to provide their opinion, rather than reporting, on a particular news story. They may appear on television, radio, or in print and offer their opinion to viewers, listeners, or readers. However, most broadcast news analysts come from fields outside of journalism and have expertise in a particularly subject—for example, politics, business, or medicine—and are hired on a contract basis to provide their opinion of the subjects being discussed. Becoming a broadcast news analyst is typically not a career path for new journalists.

How To Become a News Analyst

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.

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Average Salary$47,974
Job Growth Rate-10%

News Analyst Jobs

Average Salary for a News Analyst

News Analysts in America make an average salary of $47,974 per year or $23 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $80,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $28,000 per year.
Average Salary
$47,974

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Washington, DC
Salary Range50k - 107k$74k$73,868
Chicago, IL
Salary Range45k - 93k$65k$65,412
Reston, VA
Salary Range41k - 86k$59k$59,465
New York, NY
Salary Range39k - 87k$59k$58,908
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range38k - 81k$56k$55,863
Phoenix, AZ
Salary Range38k - 79k$55k$55,023
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$107k

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News Analyst Demographics

Gender

male

56.2 %

female

38.4 %

unknown

5.5 %

Ethnicity

White

69.8 %

Hispanic or Latino

13.7 %

Black or African American

7.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0 %

Czech

25.0 %

Hawaiian

25.0 %
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News Analyst Education

Majors

English
10.0 %

Degrees

Bachelors

57.8 %

Masters

24.4 %

Doctorate

8.9 %

Top Colleges for News Analysts

1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

5. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

6. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

7. Boston University

Boston, MA

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

8. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

9. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

10. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

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Best States For a News Analyst

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a news analyst. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington. News analysts make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $67,073. Whereas in Illinois and Oregon, they would average $65,245 and $65,119, respectively. While news analysts would only make an average of $64,047 in Washington, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. District of Columbia

Total News Analyst Jobs:
5
Highest 10% Earn:
$143,000
Location Quotient:
2.92
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Iowa

Total News Analyst Jobs:
7
Highest 10% Earn:
$118,000
Location Quotient:
2.52
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Kansas

Total News Analyst Jobs:
6
Highest 10% Earn:
$115,000
Location Quotient:
2.99
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top News Analyst Employers

1. Bloomberg
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$116,695
News Analysts Hired: 
13+
2. Prime
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$52,676
News Analysts Hired: 
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3. 24 Hour Fitness
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$30,418
News Analysts Hired: 
4+
4. Link America
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$71,029
News Analysts Hired: 
4+
5. The Korea Times
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$46,687
News Analysts Hired: 
3+
6. UBS
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$99,517
News Analysts Hired: 
3+

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