Reporter Job Description

The Reporter is an essential part of a successful news outlet. The job description of a Reporter differs depending on the format, but there are some core duties that most Reporter take on.

About the Reporter Position

Our company is looking for a passionate, energetic, and talented Reporter to join our media team. As a Reporter, you’ll be responsible for pitching stories, doing research, and writing and sharing articles with our community. 

The ideal candidate will come with a strong portfolio and a desire to keep citizens informed about both local and national news. 

Reporter Responsibilities

  • Develop story ideas from news leads or receive and workshop assignments from editors
  • Research, write, and edit compelling news stories
  • Schedule and conduct interviews with subjects relevant to stories
  • Fact-check and verify all information received, whether through interviews or research
  • Shoot photographs or videos to accompany stories as needed
  • Follow local and global news sources to stay on top of current events
  • Keep up with any and all changes to the AP Stylebook

Reporter Requirements

  • BA/BS in journalism, communications, or a related field
  • [2+] years experience working as a Reporter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong grasp of AP Style
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Wordpress, and other online publishing tools
  • Superb research and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management and multitasking skills
  • A strong portfolio of previously published articles and any accompanying photography or videography

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Reporter?

A good Reporter is passionate about their community and all the things happening in it. Whether doing research to give a news story further context or out in the field interviewing subjects, they’re 100 percent committed to reporting an unbiased, factual story.

Who does a Reporter report to?

Depending on the job, a Reporter typically reports to a News Director or Editor.

What is the salary range for a Reporter?

A typical salary for a Reporter is $40,000 to $65,000.

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