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Reporters and Correspondents - 27-3022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Anchor
  • General Assignment Reporter
  • News Director
  • News Reporter
  • Reporter
  • Sports Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)
  • Television News Reporter
  • Television Reporter (TV Reporter)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
  • Assign stories to other reporters or duties to production staff.
  • Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts.
  • Communicate with readers, viewers, advertisers, or the general public via mail, email, or telephone.
  • Conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives.
  • Determine a published or broadcasted story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly.
  • Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences.
  • Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions.
  • Edit or assist in editing videos for broadcast.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
  • 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.
  • Participate in community events, make public appearances, or conduct community service.
  • Photograph or videotape news events.
  • Present live or recorded commentary via broadcast media.
  • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
  • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Report on specialized fields such as medicine, green technology, environmental issues, science, politics, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education.
  • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate 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.
  • Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.
  • Take pictures or video and process them for inclusion in a story.
  • Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems.
  • Write columns, editorials, commentaries, or reviews that interpret events or offer opinions.
  • Write online blog entries that address news developments or offer additional information, opinions, or commentary on news events.
  • Write reviews of literary, musical, or other artwork, based on knowledge, judgment, or experience.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze information obtained from news sources.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Coordinate reporting or editing activities.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Gather information for news stories.
  • Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
  • Interview others for news or entertainment purposes.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Report news to the public.
  • Write informational material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Basic Combat Correspondent (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combat Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Journalist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Journalist Tracking NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Newswriter
  • Reporter