Reporters and Correspondents

What do they do?

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Also known as:

Anchor, Broadcast Journalist, Bureau Chief, Business Reporter, Columnist, Correspondent, General Assignment Reporter, General Assignment Television News Reporter, Investigative Reporter, News Director, News Producer, News Reporter, Newspaper Reporter, Reporter, Sports Anchor, Sports Reporter, Sports Writer, Staff Reporter, Staff Writer, Television Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Television News Reporter, Television Reporter (TV Reporter), Weather Anchor, Weekend Anchor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Reporters and Correspondents in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Reporters and Correspondents is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #2 in job growth rate
  • 90

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Reporters and Correspondents:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.5%)
  • Master's degree (21.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (62.5%)
  • Associate's degree (3.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze information obtained from news sources.
  • Gather information for news stories.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Report news to the public.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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