Foreign Correspondents

Foreign correspondents report on news from countries outside of where their newspapers, radio or television networks, or wire services are located. They sometimes work for a particular newspaper, but since today's media focus more on local and national news, they usually rely on reports from news wire services to handle international news coverage rather than dispatching their own reporters to the scene. Only the biggest newspapers and television networks employ foreign correspondents. These reporters are usually stationed in a particular city and cover a wide territory.


Quick Facts
Duties Report on news from countries outside of where their newspapers, radio or television networks, or wire services are located
Alternate Title(s) Broadcast Foreign Correspondents
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist around the world
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism
Experience Two to three years' experience as a general reporter
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • News Director
  • Columnist, or Editorial Writer, or Editor
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Reporter

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