Reporter

There are many interesting and newsworthy events happening locally nationally and internationally at all hours of the day and night but without reporters the world would remain unaware of most newsworthy events. Reporters gather information about events and write stories about them either for the print or broadcast media. They must write in a clear manner that people will be able to understand and they are bound to be as impartial as possible. When reporting on controversial issues reporters must describe both sides. In many cases reporters are given assignments by editors. However they may also get leads or tips from local sources which they must follow up to check factual information for accuracy. Some reporters monitor police and fire department communications so they can be the first to write a story about local occurrences. They often go to the location where the event is happening to see for themselves as well as to interview bystanders. Some reporters cover local politics in which case they attend meetings at city hall and report on what occurred during meetings or public events. Reporters work extremely hard and they often have long hours. Also they must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. According to the website www.samplejobdescriptions.org individuals that aspire to a career as a reporter usually earn college degrees in mass communication and they have taken courses specifically in reporting. The website www.payscale.com says that reporters earn between approximately $28000 and $48500 annually.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $38250
High Salary: $48500
Low Salary: $28000
Tasks: Interviews people to get the facts of a story.
Sums up a story and either writes it into an article or reports on it verbally.
Presents all sides of a story.
Adheres to strict reporting deadlines.
Also Called: Journalist
Broadcast Journalist
Broadcast Reporter
News Anchor
Additional Resources: http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/REPORTER.cfm
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5270099_job-description-reporter.html
http://www.samplejobdescriptions.org/news-reporter-job-description.html