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Overview: Reporters creatively author articles and stories for publication which describe events, issues and opinions about topics of human interest. They gather the information needed to write the story by means of interviews, observations, and by examining existing records and data.
Duties: They develop new story ideas by investigating and linking together new facts and observations. They organize information gathered to determine what kind of approach to use in writing a story.

For radio and TV broadcasts, they give live on-site reports and descriptions of a developing event by means of remote mobile radio and TV broadcasting facility.

Interview celebrities, politicians or witnesses to an event to get in-depth personal opinions relating to the story. Attend note-worthy conferences and meetings to get overview of subjects.

They may take photographs or arrange for artists to accompany them to court trials where photography is barred. They may be assigned to foreign countries and international events.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of reporters is expected to slowly decline through 2018 due partly to consolidation and convergence in the publishing and broadcasting industries. Growth may occur for online or mobile divisions. Job opportunities will be best for applicants in the expanding world of new online media. Small local papers and news stations also will provide greater job prospects for potential reporters.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire reporters who have a bachelor's degree in journalism. They look for experience on school newspapers or internships with news reporting organizations. Most employment for beginners will be found in small publications or broadcast stations as general assignment reporters or copy editors.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.