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Become A News Reporter

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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

  • $31,305

    Average Salary

What Does A News Reporter Do

News Reporters collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events through interview, investigation, or observation. They carry cameras and take photos and video footage of objects or places of potential significance.

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
Public Relations Specialist Account Supervisor Advertising Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Managing Editor Writer And Editor
Consultant/Writer
10 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Production Editor Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Manager
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Business Developer
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
News Editor Writer And Editor
Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Account Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Journalist Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Writer And Editor
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Marketing Manager Creative Director
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Managing Editor Writer And Editor
Senior Writer
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Specialist Social Media Manager
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
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News Reporter Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    54.0%
  • Male

    42.9%
  • Unknown

    3.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.1%
  • Asian

    9.4%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    48.1%
  • French

    12.0%
  • Chinese

    7.8%
  • Mandarin

    5.0%
  • Arabic

    3.9%
  • German

    3.5%
  • Korean

    3.1%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Japanese

    2.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.9%
  • Russian

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • Turkish

    1.2%
  • Cantonese

    1.2%
  • Dutch

    0.8%
  • Hindi

    0.8%
  • Indonesian

    0.8%
  • Hawaiian

    0.8%
  • Thai

    0.8%
  • Swahili

    0.4%
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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
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
Writer/News Reporter Phoenix Satellite Television (U.S.) Inc. Washington, DC Mar 23, 2011 $39,000
News Reporter WXIN, A Division of Tribune Television Company Indianapolis, IN Aug 13, 2012 $39,000 -
$45,000
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 Korean Journal N. Texas, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2012 $31,305
News Reporter Media K.J., Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 15, 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

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Top News Reporter Skills

  1. Edit News Stories
  2. Daily News
  3. Feature
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Research, record interviews, write and edit news stories for live broadcast under tight daily deadline.
  • Reported crime stories - from the crime scene to the court room - for daily newspaper.
  • Coordinated features/photo assignments for Lifestyles section page layouts.
  • Covered Seattle Police meetings, government and transportation issues, plus human interest features and event coverage.
  • Videotaped local high school sporting events and interviewed players.

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