REPORTERS/JOURNALISTS gather information and prepare reports of news locally and from all over the world. They write news on foreign affairs, war, accidents, politics, celebrities, and many other subjects. They investigate leads, observe events at the scene, and interview people. They take notes and may take photos or shoot videos. They may use a tape recorder while collecting facts. At the office, they organize material, decide the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit the video material. Many use laptop computers and electronically submit their stories to newspaper offices from remote locations in order to meet deadlines. Radio and TV reporters often report live from the scene.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $46,500 average per year ($22.25 per hour)
- A medium occupation (45,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.8% per year)
Employers prefer to hire REPORTERS/JOURNALISTS with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Experience on school newspapers or broadcasting stations and internships with news companies is a plus. Large city newspapers and stations may prefer a degree in topics, such as economics, political science, or business, and also require at least 3-5 years of experience as a reporter. Bachelor's degree programs in journalism are available in colleges and universities. Community colleges offer journalism courses. Some schools offer master's and Ph.D. programs.