National Application Center :: career details :: Reporters and Correspondents
Career Details :: Reporters and Correspondents
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Gathers and verifies factual information regarding story through interview, observation, and research.
- Organizes material and determines slant or emphasis.
- Reviews and evaluates notes to isolate pertinent facts and details.
- Conducts taped or filmed interviews or narratives.
- Writes news stories for publication or broadcast from written or recorded notes provided by reporting staff, following prescribed editorial style and format standards.
- Receives assignment or evaluates news leads and news tips to develop story idea.
- Edits or assists in editing videos for broadcast.
- Takes photographs or shoots video to illustrate stories.
- Transmits information to writing staff to write story.
- Broadcast News Analysts
- Creative Writers
- Public Address System and Other Announcers
- Radio and Television Announcers
- Technical Writers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing
- Judging Qualities of Things, Service, People
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error