"news stories," "on-air," and "facebook" aren't the only skills we found reporters list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of reporter responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a reporter. We found that 76.3% of reporters have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 7.2% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most reporters have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight reporters were not college graduates.
Those reporters who do attend college, typically earn either a journalism degree or a communication degree. Less commonly earned degrees for reporters include a english degree or a political science degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a reporter. We've found that most reporter resumes include experience from Gannett, Hearst, and Dow Jones. Of recent, Gannett had 19 positions open for reporters. Meanwhile, there are 19 job openings at Hearst and 15 at Dow Jones.
If you're interested in companies where reporters make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at The Washington Post, The New York Times Company, and The Seattle Times Company. We found that at The Washington Post, the average reporter salary is $129,723. Whereas at The New York Times Company, reporters earn roughly $127,415. And at The Seattle Times Company, they make an average salary of $120,974.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a reporter include CBS, Associated Press, and ESPN. These three companies were found to hire the most reporters from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.