Reporters are the foot soldiers for newspapers, magazines, Internet news organizations, and television and radio broadcast companies. They gather and analyze information about current events and write stories for publication or for broadcasting. Reporters and correspondents hold about 43,630 jobs in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Observe and research events; collect facts about these events through research and conducting interviews; write stories that clearly communicate information to readers, viewers, and listeners
Alternate Title(s) Correspondents, Critics, Editorial Writers, Feature Writers, General Assignment Reporters, News Reporters, Syndicated News Columnists, Topical Reporters
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism
Experience Writing, reporting, and editing experience will be helpful
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Editor
  • Editorial Writer
  • Columnist
  • Correspondent
  • Reporter

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