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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

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
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

54.4%

Male

42.5%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.2%

French

10.9%

Chinese

7.8%

Mandarin

5.1%

Arabic

4.3%

German

3.9%

Korean

3.5%

Japanese

2.7%

Italian

2.3%

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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News Reporter Education

Schools

Texas State University

9.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.2%

Syracuse University

6.3%

University of Florida

6.3%

West Virginia University

5.3%

University of Oregon

5.3%

Howard University

5.0%

University of North Texas

4.8%

Illinois State University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Georgia Southern University

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

University of Arizona

4.2%

Ball State University

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

4.0%

Ohio University -

3.7%

Northwestern University

3.7%
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Majors

Journalism

34.9%

Communication

26.6%

English

5.9%

Political Science

3.6%

Public Relations

3.6%

Agricultural Public Services

3.3%

Business

2.3%

Marketing

2.2%

Journalism And Mass Communications

2.1%

Writing

2.0%

Digital Media

1.9%

Photography

1.9%

History

1.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Law

1.3%

Education

1.0%

Fine Arts

1.0%

Computer Networking

0.9%

Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.4%

Masters

16.5%

Other

12.5%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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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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  1. News Stories
  2. Feature
  3. Event Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Pull Associated Press top news stories off the computer, edit stories to fit radio news style guidelines and time restraints.
  • Conducted comprehensive interviews and performed intensive research to deliver feature articles to loyal audiences.
  • Covered Seattle Police meetings, government and transportation issues, plus human interest features and event coverage.
  • Assist in researching stories on campus and in the local community * Interviewed subjects via video tape recordings and edit news packages
  • Reported to the News Director with responsibility in delivering general assignment stories on-air.

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