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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|SR. Reporter/Host/Anchor (Soccer)||ESPN Productions, Inc.||Bristol, CT||Feb 29, 2016||$190,000|
|Senior Reporter/Host/Anchor (Spanish Language, Soccer)||ESPN Productions, Inc.||Bristol, CT||Apr 27, 2016||$180,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Marchex, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Apr 18, 2016||$135,000|
|Assistant Director, Senior Reporting Analyst||Moody's Analytics, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Feb 20, 2013||$122,622|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Moody's Analytics, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 21, 2010||$110,160|
|Senior Medical Informatics Reporting Analyst||Altamed Health Services Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 29, 2013||$110,011|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Sep 28, 2009||$110,000|
|Senior Reporter||American Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 08, 2010||$110,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 27, 2011||$102,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Moody's Analytics, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 22, 2009||$102,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 13, 2016||$97,115 -
|SR. Reporting Analyst||Harvey Nash, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Apr 20, 2015||$93,915 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Getty Images (U.S.) Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 03, 2016||$93,150|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Penske Truck Leasing||Reading, PA||Sep 30, 2013||$93,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 05, 2012||$84,594 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 20, 2012||$84,594 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||United Technologies Corporation||Farmington, CT||Apr 15, 2015||$83,970 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Optum Services, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Mar 21, 2014||$82,514 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jul 28, 2014||$81,000 -
|Senior Reporter||Mergermarket (U.S.) Ltd.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$80,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||NYK Line (North America) Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Jun 01, 2013||$80,000|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jul 20, 2015||$78,458 -
|Senior Reporter-Global Capital||Institutional Investor LLC||New York, NY||Apr 27, 2014||$74,500|
|SR. Reporting Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Feb 01, 2010||$73,403|
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Highmark, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Oct 08, 2016||$72,134 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jun 29, 2012||$71,094 -
|Senior Reporting Analyst||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Feb 01, 2010||$70,000|
|Senior Reporter||Privcap LLC||New York, NY||Dec 02, 2013||$70,000|
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