The work of a news reporter is usually hectic. They are under great pressure to meet strict deadlines. Newspapers have to get printed and delivered to people’s homes on time. Broadcast journalism leaves very little time for preparation. This means doing whatever it takes to get a story written and edited on time.
Some reporters work in comfortable, private offices; others may work in large rooms filled with other reporters clicking away at their keyboards while printers spit out page after page for editing. In an even more hectic environment, some reporters are on scene trying to get a story while sirens and police or curious onlookers distract from the task at hand. This kind of work can also get dangerous as reporters cover wars, political uprisings, fires, floods, and other disasters. It's important that reporters are able to stay focused and safe.
Working hours vary. Reporters that work for a morning papers, often work from late afternoon to midnight. Radio and television reporters are assigned to a day or evening shift. Magazine reporters usually work during the day. Reporters have to keep their days flexible in order to meet deadlines or follow breaking news. This kind of work demands long hours, irregular schedules, and some travel.