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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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A News Writer 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 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
Writer And Editor Consultant Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Marketing Manager
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Editor Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Reporter Team Leader Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Public Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Reporter Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Editor Public Relations Manager
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Senior Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
News Editor Communications Specialist Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Public Relations Specialist Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Consultant Communications Consultant
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Producer Executive Producer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
News Producer Anchor Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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News Writer Demographics

Gender

Female

49.3%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.2%

French

12.0%

Arabic

7.2%

German

4.8%

Russian

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Hindi

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Sanskrit

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Indonesian

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Hmong

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%
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News Writer Education

Schools

Boston University

9.0%

New York University

7.9%

Emerson College

6.4%

Columbia University

6.0%

George Washington University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

University of Utah

4.9%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of North Texas

4.5%

Susquehanna University

4.5%

San Francisco State University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of California - Davis

4.1%

Northern Arizona University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%
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Majors

Journalism

27.5%

Communication

22.9%

English

11.2%

Political Science

5.4%

Business

4.3%

Writing

3.8%

Public Relations

3.6%

Agricultural Public Services

3.0%

Photography

3.0%

Psychology

2.1%

History

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.6%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.6%

Digital Media

1.3%

Law

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%

International Relations

1.1%

Fine Arts

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

66.5%

Masters

17.0%

Other

10.4%

Certificate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Associate

1.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$32,000
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Best Paying Company
Bloomberg
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a News Writer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a News Writer in the United States is $53,335 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $86,000.

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
Newswriter/Reporter Balita Media, Inc. Glendale, CA Jul 11, 2010 $44,578
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
Bilingual News Writer/Editor Tyloon Inc. El Monte, CA Sep 21, 2010 $33,872
Science Newswriter News Korea Texas, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 16, 2011 $32,500
News Writer The Korea Times Chicago Lincolnwood, IL Oct 01, 2012 $31,952
Newswriter News Korea Texas, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 17, 2013 $31,200
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
Newswriter Russian TV Guide Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2009 $30,303 -
$45,914
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
Newswriter/Reporter Asian Journal Publications, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2009 $28,237
News Writer Joongang Daily News Ca, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2011 $27,423

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  2. Student Newspaper
  3. Edit Content
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  • Published multiple news stories regarding University Research Corridor initiatives.
  • Contributed multiple articles for The News Argus (WSSU student newspaper)
  • Promoted events and recognized accomplishments of Ball State University students and school organizations through written press releases and feature stories.
  • Executed and assisted in directing and running cameras, to include shot locations, breaks, and on-air timing.
  • Fox 19 Morning Show personality and traffic reporter.

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