What does a Reporter and Correspondent do?
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
- 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.