Reporters collect information and prepare written summaries about current events. Stories about current events can be read in magazines and newspapers. Some reporters report news stories over TV or on the radio. To collect information, reporters examine documents, visit areas where news is happening, and interview witnesses to news events.
Reporters provide written commentary about news stories, which could include a political rally, an accident, or a business failure.
TV and radio reporters usually appear live during news events.
News correspondents are employed in large urban areas. Some report in different countries. They write news stories occurring in the area they cover.
Reporters are required to reach deadlines. Some prepare stories in offices while others work in big rooms with their colleagues. TV and radio reporters come upon curious witnesses, law enforcement officers, or other emergency responders.
Reporters work long days. They might have unusual schedules. They are frequently required to travel. Those working for morning newspapers begin their days in the afternoon and conclude around midnight. Those employed by afternoon or night newspapers, usually begin in the morning and conclude in the afternoon. Radio and TV reporters cover the news during night or day shifts. Magazine reporters usually cover the news during day shifts. Reporters could be required to work additionally hours to reach deadlines. They could be asked to alter their work schedules to cover a story.
How do you prepare for this career?
Completing a bachelor's program in journalism is recommended. Certain companies hire graduates with other degrees. Those wanting to be journalists should volunteer to work as school TV stations or newspapers to acquire good experience. Internships with news providers is another way to improve future job prospects.
Reporters must write well and plainly. They must possess desktop publishing, word processing, and graphic design knowledge. Some jobs require reporters to have the ability to speak a foreign language.
During high school, potential journalists should enroll in social science, journalism, and English classes. Good college classes to take include communications, computer science, and English, focusing especially in writing.
How much will I earn?
Salaries for reporters and correspondents in the 50th percentile were between $24,370-51,700 annually during 2008. Those with salaries in the lower 10th percentile made $19,180 or less while those in the upper 10th percentile made $73,880 or more annually.
How many jobs are there?
During 2008, 67,000 reporters and other news professionals were employed. Nearly 59 percent were employed at newspapers, magazines, and other publishing companies. Nearly 23 percent were employed at TV or radio stations. Nearly 11 percent of news professionals worked as freelance reporters.
What is the future outlook for this career?
Job opportunities for news professionals are not projected to change drastically through 2016. Certain job opportunities will be found in new media, including Internet news sites and online publications. Landing a job at newspapers and TV stations in urban areas is difficult. More opportunities to land an entry level job will be available at newspapers located in small cities and the suburbs.
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