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.
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Hispanic or Latino12.1%
Black or African American0.8%
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Texas State University10.3%
University of Missouri - Columbia7.4%
University of Florida6.1%
University of Oregon5.5%
University of North Texas5.3%
West Virginia University5.0%
Mississippi State University4.5%
Illinois State University4.2%
Arizona State University4.2%
Georgia Southern University4.2%
Iowa State University4.2%
University of Arizona4.2%
Ball State University4.0%
University of California - Berkeley3.7%
Michigan State University3.7%
University of Texas at Arlington3.7%
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|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 -
|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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