News reporter


A news reporter delivers news stories, feature articles, and analysis about current events in politics, international relations, business, crime, entertainment, health, technology, lifestyle, or science. The stories are published via news agencies, newspapers, radio, websites, television, and magazines.

In larger news outlet, each reporter is assigned to an area of specialty called a “beat”. A beat can be a topic, geographic area, issue, or organization.

Regardless of specialty, typical news reporting duties include researching topics and events, interviewing news sources and topic experts and maintaining relationships with them, pitching news stories to editors, writing and revising the news stories following the editorial guidelines, and updating stories as they develop.

In the process, reporters collaborate with other news professionals like editors, webmasters, camera operators, video editors, photographers.

Television reporters also deliver the stories and conduct live interviews on camera – either on location or in the studio. In smaller news organizations, a tv may also edit the video story using video editing software like Adobe Premiere CC.

Given the convergence of media platforms, the same reporter may create both written versions and video versions of the stories and distribute them on the organization’s website and social media channels. Reporters are also often expected to maintain social media profiles in order to bette engage their audience and build following for the news organization.

A reporter must possess exceptional writing and research skills, as well as the ability to communicate interpersonally with a variety of people. They also need to be able to complete assignments within tight deadlines.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts,on the Internet at