Reporters gather information and write news stories. These stories
appear in newspapers and magazines. Some reporters appear on television
and radio. To get information, reporters look at documents. They
observe the scene. They interview people.
Reporters write about events. These include things such as an
accident, a rally, or a company going out of business.
Radio and television reporters often report "live" from the scene.
News correspondents work in large U.S. cities. Some report from
foreign cities. They write about events in the city in which they
Reporters must meet deadlines. Some work in private offices.
Others work in large rooms with other reporters. Television and
radio reporters encounter curious onlookers, police, or other
Reporters work long hours. They might work odd schedules. They
may have to travel. At morning newspapers, reporters might work
from late afternoon until midnight. At evening or afternoon papers,
they may work from early morning until afternoon. Radio and television
reporters work day or evening shifts. Magazine reporters generally
work during the day. Reporters may have to work extra hours to
meet deadlines. They may have to change their work hours to follow
|How do you get ready to become a reporter?
A bachelor's degree in journalism is preferred. Some employers
hire graduates with other majors. Working at school newspapers
or broadcasting stations is good experience. Internships with
news organizations also help when seeking a job as a reporter.
Reporters must write clearly and effectively. They need word
processing, computer graphics, and desktop publishing skills.
Speaking a Second language is necessary for some jobs.
In high school, good courses include English, journalism, and
social studies. Valuable courses in college include speech, computer
science, and English, with an emphasis on writing.
|How much do reporters get paid?
The middle half of all news analysts, reporters, and correspondents
earned between $22,350 and $47,170 a year in 2002. The lowest-paid
10 percent earned less than $17,620. The highest-paid 10 percent
earned more than $69,450 a year.
News analysts, reporters, and correspondents held about 66,000
jobs in 2002. About 60 percent worked for newspaper, magazine,
book, and directory publishers. Another 25 percent worked in radio
and television broadcasting.
Employment of news analysts, reporters, and correspondents is
expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations
through 2012. Some job openings will result from the need to replace
those who leave the occupation. It is difficult to get a job at
newspapers and broadcast stations in large cities. The best chances
for a first job are on small town and suburban newspapers.
|Are there other jobs like this?
Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
|Where can you find more information?
For more comprehensive
information on careers see the Careers