Reporters and Correspondents

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Common job titles of Reporters and Correspondents include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 81.82% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 4.55% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.

    Communicate with readers, viewers, advertisers, or the general public via mail, email, or telephone.

    Photograph or videotape news events.

    Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions.

    Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts.

    Determine a published or broadcasted story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly.

    Report on specialized fields such as medicine, green technology, environmental issues, science, politics, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education.

    Review written, audio, or video copy and correct errors in content, grammar, or punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

    Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.

    Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.

    Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.

    Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.

    Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.

    Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.

    Review and evaluate notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details.

    Conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives.

    Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems.

    Present live or recorded commentary via broadcast media.

    Take pictures or video and process them for inclusion in a story.

    Assign stories to other reporters or duties to production staff.

    Edit or assist in editing videos for broadcast.

    Write online blog entries that address news developments or offer additional information, opinions, or commentary on news events.

    Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.

    Write columns, editorials, commentaries, or reviews that interpret events or offer opinions.

    Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences.

    Participate in community events, make public appearances, or conduct community service.

    Write reviews of literary, musical, or other artwork, based on knowledge, judgment, or experience.


Video editing equipment

Television cameras

Satellite phones

Personal computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Mobile broadcast units


All Tools

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

High definition HD video cameras

Digital audio workstations

Desktop computers

Compact digital cameras


Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign


Hypertext markup language HTML

IBM SPSS Statistics

Microsoft SQL Server


Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects

All Technologies

Apple Final Cut Pro

ESRI ArcView

FileMaker Pro


Mapping software

Microsoft Visual FoxPro

Online databases

Quark Xpress

Social media software

Statistical analysis software


Video editing software


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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