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News Reporter/Journalist

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists Career Video

About This Career

Narrates or writes news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. May collect and analyze information through interview, investigation, or observation.

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

A person in this career:

  • Writes commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers.
  • Coordinates and serves as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
  • Examines news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtains assignments from editorial staff members.
  • Analyzes and interprets news and information received from various sources to broadcast the information.
  • 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.
  • Gathers information and develops perspectives about news subjects through research, interviews, observation, and experience.
  • Selects material most pertinent to presentation, and organizes this material into appropriate formats.
  • Presents news stories, and introduces in-depth videotaped segments or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters.

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 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Anchor
  • Staff Writer
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)
  • Television News Reporter
  • Television Reporter (TV Reporter)
  • Radio Talk Show Host
  • Radio News Anchor
  • News Anchor — Presenter of a news bulletin who is also a working journalist and news gatherer as well as a participant in compiling the script to be delivered in a news bulletin.
  • Reporter


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