Overview

Early journalistic training can begin early; working on a high school newspaper or yearbook is a great source of experience. It is recommended that an aspiring news broadcaster get a bachelors degree in communications or journalism, and consider taking programs in broadcast journalism. It is necessary to be equipped with writing, reporting and productions skills in order to do this job. There are also many opportunities for college students to work as interns for newspapers or magazines.

News reporters also need to be fast learners. Once hired, beginner news reporters do most of their training on the job, moving from one department to another to get different types of experience. A novice reporter might start with obituaries or report on local police news before being assigned to more important events.

What are News Reporters like?

Artistic

Based on our pool of users, news reporters tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

News Reporters by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 247 Sokanu users

Are News Reporters happy?

52%Happy

News reporters rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 52nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

News Reporter Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of News Reporters

The most common degree held by news reporters is Journalism. 21% of news reporters had a degree in journalism before becoming news reporters. That is over 18 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among news reporters, representing 11% of news reporters in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.3 times the average.

News Reporter Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a News Reporter, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of news reporters % of population Multiple
Journalism 21.2% 1.2% 18.3×
English Literature 11.2% 4.9% 2.3×
Communications 8.8% 3.3% 2.7×
Political Science 4.8% 2.9% 1.7×
Psychology 2.0% 6.8% 0.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.6% 1.6% 1.0×
Pre-Law 1.6% 0.4% 4.5×
Economics 1.6% 3.8% 0.4×
Film Video And Photographic Arts 1.2% 0.7% 1.6×
Computer Science 1.2% 2.8% 0.4×
Liberal Arts 1.2% 1.8% 0.6×

News Reporter Education Levels

57% of news reporters have an associate's degree. 27% of news reporters have a high school diploma.

No education 17%
High school diploma 27%
Associate's degree 57%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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