What does a Reporter do?
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the local, national, and international public about events or news that is currently happening. They report the news or events for television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites. They perform their jobs mostly in the field gathering information by conducting interviews and investigating stories.
This occupation is fast-paced with high stress to meet deadlines and be first with a news story.
How to Become a Reporter
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news reporters need a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. These programs include courses in conducting interviews, journalistic ethics, and techniques for researching stories. They may also include classes in English, economics, history, and political science. Some employers may consider an applicant who holds a degree in a related field.
It may be advantageous for a student to take courses in programming, multimedia design, and coding. It is becoming increasingly necessary for reporters to know how to develop stories with graphics, video, audio and data.
An employer typically desires candidates to have experience from internships or a related field. College students would greatly benefit from getting multiple internships with different news organizations so they become familiar with putting stories together and developing a professional portfolio.
Job Description of a Reporter
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically have the duties of researching stories and topics that has been assigned to them by their news director or editor. They carry out interviews to get information or opinions about an article or story. They would work on writing articles for magazines, newspapers, and blogs as well as write scripts to be read on radio or television. He or she would have the duty of reviewing articles for grammar, accuracy, and proper style.
A reporter, correspondent, and broadcast news analysts would need to develop relationships with contacts and experts who provide them with leads or tips. They make sure an audience has the proper understanding of the news by analyzing and interpreting information and ensure they update stories as they are happening. They should be skilled in communication, objectivity, persistence and have interpersonal abilities. They need to have computer skills and have the stamina to work long hours with a high stress level.