Reporters and Correspondents
SOC: 27-3022.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
49,300 employed

Projected (2024):
45,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Anchor
  • Art Critic
  • Blogger
  • Book Critic
  • Book Reviewer
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Bureau Chief
  • Business Reporter
  • Business Writer
  • Columnist
  • Correspondent
  • Courtroom Reporter
  • Critic
  • Cub Reporter
  • Desk Reporter
  • Dramatic Critic
  • Editorial Writer
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Feature Writer
  • Film Critic
  • Financial Writer
  • Food Critic
  • Food Writer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • General Assignment Reporter
  • General Assignment Television News Reporter
  • Headline Writer
  • Information Writer
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Law Reporter
  • Leg Man
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Magazine Writer
  • Marine Reporter
  • Market News Reporter
  • Market Reporter
  • Media Analyst
  • Motion Picture Critic
  • Movie Critic
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Music Critic
  • Music Journalist
  • News Anchor
  • News Correspondent
  • News Director
  • News Producer
  • News Reporter
  • News Specialist
  • News Writer
  • Newspaper Columnist
  • Newspaper Correspondent
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Newspaper Writer
  • Political Reporter
  • Press Writer
  • Print Journalist
  • Radio News Writer
  • Reporter
  • Society Reporter
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Anchor
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Reporter
  • Sports Writer
  • Staff Reporter
  • Staff Writer
  • Television Anchor
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)
  • Television News Reporter
  • Television Reporter (TV Reporter)
  • Traffic Reporter
  • Travel Journalist
  • Travel Writer
  • Weather Anchor
  • Weekend Anchor

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
  • Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.
  • Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.
  • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
  • Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions.
  • Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts.
  • Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.
  • Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences.
  • Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems.
  • Present live or recorded commentary via broadcast media.
  • Conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives.
  • Edit or assist in editing videos for broadcast.
  • Write columns, editorials, commentaries, or reviews that interpret events or offer opinions.
  • Write reviews of literary, musical, or other artwork, based on knowledge, judgment, or experience.
  • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
  • Review and evaluate notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Review written, audio, or video copy and correct errors in content, grammar, or punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.
  • Report on specialized fields such as medicine, green technology, environmental issues, science, politics, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education.
  • Determine a published or broadcasted story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly.
  • Photograph or videotape news events.
  • Take pictures or video and process them for inclusion in a story.
  • Communicate with readers, viewers, advertisers, or the general public via mail, email, or telephone.
  • Write online blog entries that address news developments or offer additional information, opinions, or commentary on news events.
  • Assign stories to other reporters or duties to production staff.
  • Participate in community events, make public appearances, or conduct community service.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact digital cameras
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio workstations
  • High definition HD video cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Microphones
  • Mobile broadcast units
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Satellite phones
  • Television cameras
  • Video editing equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Facebook
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Microsoft Word
  • Online databases
  • Quark Xpress
  • Social media software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical analysis software
  • Twitter
  • Video editing software
  • Web browser software

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980