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Reporters and Correspondents

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

    Work Activities
    • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
    • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
    • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
    • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
    • Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.
    • Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.
    • Review and evaluate notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details.
    • Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.
    • 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.
    • Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems.
    • Edit or assist in editing videos for broadcast.
    • Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts.
    • Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions.
    • Photograph or videotape news events.
    • Present live or recorded commentary via broadcast media.
    • Take pictures or video and process them for inclusion in a story.
    • Conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives.
    • Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Participate in community events, make public appearances, or conduct community service.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $38,110/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.32/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,810
    • Yearly Projected Openings 130
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Notebook computers
    • Mobile phones
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.