Reporter Career

reporter careersCareer Overview

Reporters are also known as news analysts, journalists, and correspondents. They collect data to prepare news stories for radio, the internet, and television to inform the public about breaking news. These news events can be on a local, state, national, and international scale. Reporters can also present specific points of view and reports regarding government leaders, businesses and their leaders, and people in positions of power.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s DegreeĀ Program Recommendations:

  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Business

Reporters must have excellent communication, writing, and computer skills like desktop publishing and graphics along with photo editing skills.

Employers also like to see job candidates who possess some actual practical on the job work experience as a reporter. Most journalism college graduates have gained this experience by working for school and college newspapers and magazines or through summer jobs and internships. Many newspapers, magazines, and broadcast organizations also offer internships to college students seeking hands-on experience.

Employment Trends

Average Salary: $34,850 in May 2008

Job Availability: 69,300 Employed in 2008

Projected Employment in 2018: 64,900

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