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News Reporter and Correspondents
“The Informers”
Gather information and prepare the publications and broadcasts used by media outlets to inform the public on certain viewpoints, current events, and local, national, and world affairs.
The Job
Reporters write about news worthy occurrences such as accidents, political rallies, visits of celebrities, or business dealings as well as report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, and others who exercise power. In covering a story, reporters investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe events at the scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and also may take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit accompanying video material. Reporters sometimes have to change their work hours to meet a deadline or to follow late-breaking developments.
Work Environment
Some news analysts, reporters, and correspondents work in comfortable, private offices; others work in large rooms filled with the sound of computer printers and loud voices.
College Majors
Journalism, mass communications, specific industry
Minimum Qualifications
Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor's degree in journalism or mass communications. Large-city newspapers and stations also may prefer candidates with a degree in a subject-matter specialty such as economics, political science, or business.
Personality traits helpful for this career
A nose for news, persistence, initiative, poise, resourcefulness, a good memory, and physical stamina.
Quick Facts
  • Experience at school newspapers or broadcasting stations, and internships with news organizations is beneficial.
  • Students planning a career in broadcasting take courses in radio and television news and production.
  • More Info: National Association of Broadcasters, Internet: http://www.nab.org
Compensation and Outlook
Salaries for news analysts, reporters, and correspondents vary widely. Median annual wages of reporters and correspondents were $34,850 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $25,760 and $52,160. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,480. Median annual wages of reporters and correspondents were $33,430 in newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishing, and $37,710 in radio and television broadcasting.
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