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Working As A Staff 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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff 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 Staff 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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Staff Reporter Career Paths

Staff Reporter
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Public Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Public Relations Manager Manager Of Corporate Communications
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Public Relations And Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Managing Editor Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reporter Writer Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Communications Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Editor Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Producer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Writer Senior Editor
Bureau Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Correspondent Producer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Communications Consultant Marketing And Communication Consultant
Vice President, Corporate Communications
11 Yearsyrs
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Staff Reporter Demographics

Gender

Female

50.4%

Male

39.8%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.2%

French

15.2%

Arabic

3.7%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Mandarin

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Swedish

1.2%

Turkish

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Khmer

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%
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Staff Reporter Education

Schools

University of Delaware

12.1%

University of Southern California

7.3%

Central Michigan University

6.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Temple University

5.0%

Columbia University

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

New York University

4.8%

Eastern Illinois University

4.5%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Northwestern University

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

4.0%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.0%

Ball State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%
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Majors

Journalism

36.3%

Communication

17.8%

English

10.8%

Political Science

5.0%

Writing

4.6%

Agricultural Public Services

4.2%

Business

3.8%

Public Relations

3.1%

History

2.0%

Law

1.7%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.6%

Photography

1.4%

Psychology

1.3%

Legal Support Services

1.2%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.0%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Theatre

0.9%

Area Studies

0.9%

Graphic Design

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

64.0%

Masters

18.1%

Other

10.9%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Staff Reporter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Reporter in the United States is $49,732 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $79,000.

Real Staff Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Reporter GIGA Omni Media, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $84,000
Staff Reporter Contentnext Media, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $74,000
Staff Reporter GIGA Omni Media, Inc. New York, NY Mar 26, 2012 $74,000
Staff Reporter Daily News L.P. New York, NY Sep 29, 2010 $56,530
Staff Reporter Grupo Editorial El Venezolano Inc. Miami, FL Mar 07, 2011 $50,000
Reporter (Editorial Staff) Joongang Daily News Washington, Inc. Annandale, VA Oct 01, 2010 $43,800
Staff Reporter and Assistant Editor Jansi LLC Washington, DC Sep 20, 2015 $41,500
Reporter (Editorial Staff) Joongang Daily News Washington, Inc. Annandale, VA Oct 01, 2010 $40,800
Staff Reporter Brightwire, Inc. New York, NY Feb 24, 2015 $40,000 -
$60,000
Staff Reporter Brightwire, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2014 $40,000 -
$50,000
Staff Reporter Joongang Daily News Washington, Inc. Annandale, VA Jan 10, 2011 $37,800
Special Staff Reporter Grupo Editorial El Venezolano, Inc. GA Sep 01, 2012 $37,500
Staff Reporter Houston Chronicle Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $36,400
Staff Reporter Hagedorn Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $36,000
Staff Reporter Greenpoint News LLC New York, NY Sep 12, 2014 $35,000
Staff Reporter Ready State LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2015 $31,013 -
$60,000
Staff Reporter Ready State LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $29,390 -
$60,000
Staff Reporter Ready State LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2015 $29,390 -
$60,000
Staff Reporter Ready State LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2015 $29,390 -
$60,000
Staff Reporter and Writer The Korea Times Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2014 $28,400

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Top Skills for A Staff Reporter

  1. Feature
  2. News Stories
  3. Student Newspaper
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  • Interviewed country music celebrities *Wrote feature articles profiling country music personalities and their work
  • Write news stories for publication and create a network of sources and information for news purposes for a six-day-a-week paper.
  • Covered University of Kentucky baseball, volleyball and men's tennis teams for the university's independent student newspaper.
  • Composed long and short pieces, including breaking news, features and event coverage.
  • Coordinated stories with arts organizations, government agencies and businesses.

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  3. Alaska
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  5. Louisiana
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