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Working As A News 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

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A News Reporter 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.

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How To Become A News 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.

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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News Reporter Career Paths

News Reporter
Reporter Account Executive Marketing Manager
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Reporter Editor Marketing Manager
Brand Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Communications Director
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Reporter Public Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Public Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Public Relations And Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Writer And Editor Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
News Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Content Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Editor Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Consultant Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Anchor Producer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Consultant Marketing And Communication Consultant
Vice President, Corporate Communications
11 Yearsyrs
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News Reporter Demographics

Gender

Female

49.9%

Male

38.8%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

French

10.6%

Chinese

6.9%

Mandarin

5.1%

German

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Korean

3.7%

Italian

3.1%

Japanese

2.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Russian

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Turkish

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Indonesian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Dutch

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Hawaiian

0.6%
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News Reporter Education

Schools

Texas State University

9.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.5%

University of Florida

6.7%

University of North Texas

5.7%

Syracuse University

5.5%

Arizona State University

5.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

New York University

4.7%

University of California - Berkeley

4.5%

Emerson College

4.3%

University of Oregon

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Illinois State University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

Ohio University -

4.0%

Northwestern University

4.0%

Ball State University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%
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Majors

Journalism

34.4%

Communication

25.7%

English

6.5%

Political Science

3.7%

Public Relations

3.7%

Agricultural Public Services

3.5%

Business

2.8%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.1%

Writing

2.1%

Marketing

1.9%

Digital Media

1.9%

Photography

1.8%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.6%

History

1.5%

Law

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Psychology

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Computer Networking

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.0%

Masters

16.6%

Other

12.9%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

2.3%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a News Reporter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a News Reporter in the United States is $47,921 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $75,000.

Real News Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
News Reporter Sinovision Inc. New York, NY Nov 18, 2016 $71,594
News Reporter Sinovision Inc. New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $71,594
News Reporter Telelatina Ltd. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $66,664
Social News Reporter Buzzfeed, Inc. New York, NY Jun 23, 2015 $66,000
Senior News Reporter Joins America Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 04, 2014 $65,000
Senior News Reporter Joins America Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 16, 2014 $64,500
Anchor/News Reporter WFTV-TV Orlando, FL Jun 16, 2014 $60,000
News Reporter Buzzfeed, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $60,000
Senior News Reporter Joins America Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 12, 2015 $57,500
Economic News Reporter People's Daily Online USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $53,500
News Reporters Asia Start Broadcasting D/B/A TV Asia Edison, NJ Oct 02, 2016 $49,774
Media News Reporter Spinmedia Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2015 $49,000
News Reporter WXIN, A Division of Tribune Television Company Indianapolis, IN Aug 13, 2012 $39,000 -
$45,000
Writer/News Reporter Phoenix Satellite Television (U.S.) Inc. Washington, DC Mar 23, 2011 $39,000
News Reporter E.D.I. Media, Inc. West Covina, CA Sep 08, 2015 $38,109
News Reporter Phoenix Satellite Television (U.S.) Inc. Washington, DC Sep 07, 2015 $38,000
News Reporter Seoul Broadcasting System International, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2016 $37,981
News Reporter Korean News of Chicago Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Oct 31, 2016 $37,835
News Reporter Korean News of Chicago Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Mar 17, 2016 $37,835
Sports News Reporter The Korea Daily San Diego, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 06, 2015 $37,107
News Reporter Atlanta Radio Korea Inc. Duluth, GA Feb 15, 2013 $31,387
News Reporter Media K.J., Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 15, 2012 $31,305
News Reporter Korean Journal N. Texas, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $31,305
News Reporter Chosun Daily News, LLC Duluth, GA Nov 09, 2016 $31,262
Reporter, Financial News Wall St. Multimedia, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $31,138
News Reporter Pacific Culture Enterprise Inc. New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $30,700

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Top Skills for A News Reporter

  1. News Stories
  2. Feature
  3. On-Air
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  • Pull Associated Press top news stories off the computer, edit stories to fit radio news style guidelines and time restraints.
  • Coordinated features/photo assignments for Lifestyles section page layouts.
  • Reported to the News Director with responsibility in delivering general assignment stories on-air.
  • Anchored newscasts, and produced 30-minute and hour-long scripts for morning, evening, and weekend newscasts.
  • Stepped in as needed to manage station website, give daily stock market report, assist broadcast engineer in various projects.

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