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Become A News Writer

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Working As A News Writer

  • 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

  • $30,576

    Average Salary

Example Of What A News Writer does

  • Researched web news sources for the most current news.
  • Write weekly articles for the College's Student Newspaper.
  • Incorporate press releases into hard news articles on current music events.
  • Help finding newsworthy materials and building the news coverage.
  • Write and publish news articles in a timely manner.
  • Search engine optimization is also a priority.
  • Produced news content for publication;.
  • Pitched story ideas and wrote stories about local events.
  • Promote and represent the brand on all social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Provided SEO for published articles.
  • Researched and wrote news stories during four-hour morning newscast.
  • Performed extensive research regarding campus activities and concerns, current events nation-wide, administration, and student affairs.
  • Attended various campus events and wrote weekly articles on them for publication.
  • Broadcasted live on #1 ranked non-commercial radio station globally Wrote news copy and recorded audio for segments
  • Covered city government, business, education, crime and features.
  • Attended events and meetings concerning and involving the student body in areas of recreation and complaints.
  • -Edited video and sound bites with non-linear editing system for on-air presentation.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews, write professional articles, work with editors
  • Job Skills: Writing, Knowledge of Current Affairs, Politics
  • Share stories on social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

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How To Become A News Writer

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 Writer Career Paths

News Writer
News Editor Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
News Producer Writer/Producer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Communications Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Editor Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Strategy
12 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
News Producer Executive Producer Public Relations
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Specialist Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Reporter Communications Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
News Reporter Producer Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Coordinator Media Relations Manager
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Press Secretary Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Managing Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
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News Writer Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    58.0%
  • Male

    40.2%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.6%
  • Asian

    7.8%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    47.3%
  • French

    13.6%
  • German

    5.5%
  • Russian

    5.5%
  • Arabic

    5.5%
  • Japanese

    4.5%
  • Portuguese

    3.6%
  • Italian

    3.6%
  • Chinese

    1.8%
  • Vietnamese

    1.8%
  • Hungarian

    0.9%
  • Bosnian

    0.9%
  • Yoruba

    0.9%
  • Hebrew

    0.9%
  • Greek

    0.9%
  • Dari

    0.9%
  • Hindi

    0.9%
  • Urdu

    0.9%
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Real News Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Interactive News Writer (Deputy Mobile Editor) Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Aug 05, 2012 $71,400
Interactive News Writer Dow Jones & Company, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2010 $70,235
News Writer Buzzfeed, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $60,000
News Writer R.J. Media DBA India Post Union City, CA Feb 14, 2008 $52,217
Assignment Editor/News Writer Phoenix Satellite Television (Us) Inc. Irwindale, CA Nov 04, 2010 $46,800
Assignment Editor/News Writer Phoenix Satellite Television (Us) Inc. Irwindale, CA Nov 04, 2010 $44,810
News Writer Lincoln Broadcasting Company Brisbane, CA Oct 01, 2009 $40,070
News Writer Joong-Ang Daily News California, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 16, 2012 $39,695
News Writer The Korea Times Chicago Lincolnwood, IL Oct 01, 2012 $31,952
Korean News Writer The Korea Times Chicago, Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Oct 01, 2009 $30,576
Korean News Writer Korea Times, Inc. Lincolnwood, IL Oct 01, 2009 $30,576
Interpreter/News Writer Km LPTV of Chicago-28, LLC Skokie, IL Sep 16, 2016 $28,267
News Writer Joong Ang Entertainment Network USA, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 20, 2009 $28,237
News Writer Joong-Ang Daily News California, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 23, 2009 $28,237
News Writer Joong-Ang Daily News California, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 30, 2009 $28,237
News Writer Joong-Ang Daily News California, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2009 $28,237

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Top Skills for A News Writer

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Top News Writer Skills

  1. Student Newspaper
  2. News Articles
  3. News Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Write weekly articles for the College's Student Newspaper.
  • Investigated, researched and interviewed in order to compose informed news articles for Oregon State University's daily newspaper.
  • Promoted to assigning and coordinating photographers for daily news coverage.
  • Worked closely with Senior Director of Media Relations to brainstorm new features.
  • Write, publish and edit daily news about technology and entertainment using details pulled from press releases and additional sources.

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