Reporter  What They Do

Just the Facts

Reporters and Correspondents Career Video

Collects and analyzes facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation or observation. Reports and writes stories for a newspaper, website, news magazine, radio, or television.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Receives assignments or evaluates leads or tips to develop story ideas.
  • Researches a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Arranges interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
  • Reports news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Gathers information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.
  • Revises work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.
  • Reviews and evaluates notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Investigates breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.
  • Reviews written, audio, or video copy and corrects errors in content, grammar, or punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

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