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Become A Staff Writer

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Working As A Staff 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

  • $45,147

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Writer Do

The primary duties of a Staff Writer include performing research on different subjects, producing well-written content, and uncovering newsworthy stories. They work closely with the editor-in-chief, reporters, and freelancers.

How To Become A Staff 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.


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.


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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14,420 Staff Writer jobs

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

$45,146 Estimated

Becker's Healthcare, ASC Communications
Chicago, IL
Staff Writer

$45,146 Estimated

Saint Charles, IL
Staff Writer

$45,146 Estimated

Robert Half
Los Angeles, CA
Staff Writer

$33,722 Estimated

LT Co.
New York, NY
In-House Staff Writer

$45,677 Estimated

Woods POWR-Grip
Laurel, MT
Staff Writer

$45,146 Estimated

Future Plc
New York, NY
Hardware Staff Writer

$45,677 Estimated

Atlantic Media
San Francisco, CA
Staff Writer, Technology

$40,163 Estimated

New York, NY
Staff Writer - Tom's Hardware

$45,677 Estimated

Forbes Media
San Francisco, CA
Staff Writer, Tech

$40,163 Estimated

J2 Cloud Services
Culver City, CA
Staff Writer - Mashable

$33,722 Estimated

The Advisory Board Company
Tulsa, OK
News Division Staff Writer - Washington, D. C.

$45,146 Estimated

Prometheus Global Media
New York, NY
Staff Writer, Newsletters - The Hollywood Reporter

$45,677 Estimated

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

$50,000 Estimated

New York, NY

$45,872 Estimated

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

$50,000 Estimated

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Writer III

$45,843 Estimated

Hearst Television
Needham, MA

$45,843 Estimated

Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP
Los Angeles, CA

$46,023 Estimated

Robert J. Trobe, Corp.
Mahwah, NJ

$45,441 Estimated

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Real Staff Writer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Writer Nerdwallet, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 20, 2016 $80,000
Staff Writer, Foreign, Worldviews Blog WP Company LLC (D/B/A The Washington Post) Washington, DC Jun 27, 2016 $75,000 -
Staff Writer Forbes Media LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 11, 2016 $71,594
Staff Writer Forbes Media LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 26, 2016 $71,594
Staff Writer Forbes Media LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 06, 2015 $65,000
Staff Writer Forbes Media, LLC New York, NY Oct 31, 2013 $65,000
Staff Writer WP Company LLC Washington, DC Jul 09, 2016 $65,000 -
Staff Writer Forbes Media LLC New York, NY Oct 08, 2010 $64,217
Senior Staff Writer Hallelujah Acres Inc. Shelby, NC Jan 03, 2011 $60,000
Staff Writer Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $57,000
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Top Skills for A Staff Writer


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Top Staff Writer Skills

  1. Feature
  2. Daily Newspaper
  3. Online Publication
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched and wrote feature stories on innovative business leaders and ideas, ranging from light-emitting diodes to new local business.
  • Reported for major daily newspaper covering state and federal courts with focus on criminal justice issues.
  • Staff Writer and weekly columnist completing 12 to 15 articles each week for three print and online publications.
  • Covered a wide range of topics, with over 50 published articles.
  • Write event coverage, interviews, and editorial on a wide array of subjects for both print and web editorial.

Top Staff Writer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Staff Writer

  1. The Daily Titan
  2. Fansided
  3. HOYA Optical
  4. The Spectator
  5. University of Central Arkansas
  6. The Black Sheep
  7. The Cornell Daily Sun
  8. The Red & Black
  9. Washington Square Associates
  10. The Daily Toreador
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