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JOURNALIST: Every Day Brings New Learning About A New Issue

About this video 

Rebecca shares her story about being a freelance print journalist. She provides detail about what a journalist does before writing a story. Rebecca also describes what prompted her to go into this field, and provides aspiring journalists some great advice about what it takes to be successful.

Degree: Journalism
Job Title: Freelance Journalist

Job Summary: Reporters and Correspondents

Job Description

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, television, and radio. Reporters and correspondents tend to earn significantly lower salaries than broadcast news analysts. Employers generally require workers to have experience from internships or from working on school newspapers.

On-the-Job Training

There's some on the job training but most comes from experience in internships or school papers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$20,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to -4 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Remote, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Public speaking ability, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented
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m='11790'>week</span> <span m='12090'>rather</span> <span m='12340'>than</span> <span m='12520'>by</span> <span m='12710'>the</span> <span m='12830'>day,</span> <span m='13115'>but</span> <span m='13400'>each</span> <span m='13700'>week</span> <span m='14170'>will</span> <span m='14360'>encompass</span> <span m='17330'>a</span> <span m='17440'>lot</span> <span m='17640'>of</span> <span m='17730'>research,</span> <span m='19120'>a</span> <span m='19260'>lot</span> <span m='19580'>of</span> <span m='19810'>planning,</span> <span m='21110'>planning</span> <span m='21490'>what</span> <span m='21660'>kinds</span> <span m='21980'>of</span> <span m='22110'>questions</span> <span m='22590'>I'll</span> <span m='22800'>ask</span> <span m='23070'>people,</span> <span m='24160'>talking</span> <span m='24590'>to</span> <span m='24680'>people,</span> <span m='26400'>interviewing</span> <span m='26960'>by</span> <span m='27140'>phone,</span> <span m='27480'>and in</span> <span m='27810'>person.</span> </p><p><span m='28310'>First</span> <span m='28650'>career</span> <span m='28910'>was</span> <span m='29150'>in</span> <span m='29290'>dance</span> <span m='29820'>actually.</span> <span m='31000'>And</span> <span m='31640'>one</span> <span m='31870'>of</span> <span m='31940'>the</span> <span m='32040'>things</span> <span m='32340'>I</span> <span m='32409'>did as</span> <span m='32870'>a dancer</span> <span m='33500'>was</span> <span m='34680'>to</span> <span m='35454'>perform</span> <span m='36230'>in</span> <span m='36570'>institutions,</span> <span m='37750'>give</span> <span m='37930'>lessons</span> <span m='38440'>in</span> <span m='38550'>performing,</span> <span m='39040'>institutions</span> <span m='40040'>like</span> <span m='40960'>a</span> <span m='41350'>psychiatric</span> <span m='42090'>facility,</span> <span m='42830'>jail,</span> <span m='43350'>halfway</span> <span m='43840'>houses,</span> <span m='46530'>nursing</span> <span m='46950'>homes.</span> <span m='48150'>And</span> <span m='48390'>what</span> <span m='48650'>I</span> <span m='48760'>saw</span> <span m='49170'>was</span> <span m='49420'>so</span> <span m='50070'>interesting</span> <span m='50860'>to</span> <span m='51000'>me</span> <span m='51250'>and</span> <span m='51500'>sometimes</span> <span m='51855'>of really</span> <span m='52570'>great</span> <span m='52840'>concern</span> <span m='54220'>that</span> <span m='54380'>I</span> <span m='54490'>thought,</span> <span m='55870'>you</span> <span m='56320'>know,</span> <span m='56420'>these</span> <span m='56660'>are</span> <span m='56970'>supposedly</span> <span m='57280'>public</span> <span m='57700'>institutions,</span> <span m='58050'>but</span> <span m='58400'>the</span> <span m='58630'>public</span> <span m='59000'>knows</span> <span m='59370'>very</span> <span m='59620'>little</span> <span m='59830'>about</span> <span m='60140'>what</span> <span m='60310'>goes</span> <span m='60580'>on</span> <span m='60830'>in</span> <span m='61000'>them.</span> <span m='62420'>And</span> <span m='62650'>so</span> <span m='62860'>I</span> <span m='62980'>thought,</span> <span m='63320'>well,</span> <span m='63400'>I</span> <span m='63490'>want</span> <span m='63680'>to</span> <span m='63740'>do</span> <span m='63890'>more</span> <span m='64170'>than</span> <span m='64430'>just</span> <span m='66430'>bring</span> <span m='67190'>some</span> <span m='68100'>music</span> <span m='68620'>and</span> <span m='68760'>light</span> <span m='69170'>into</span> <span m='69880'>their</span> <span m='70050'>lives.</span> <span m='70640'>I</span> <span m='72110'>want</span> <span m='72270'>to</span> <span m='72320'>sort of</span> <span m='72730'>throw</span> <span m='72910'>the</span> <span m='73030'>doors</span> <span m='73420'>open</span> <span m='73840'>and</span> <span m='73960'>let</span> <span m='74160'>the</span> <span m='74240'>public</span> <span m='74740'>see</span> <span m='75810'>what</span> <span m='76040'>the</span> <span m='76190'>need</span> <span m='76530'>is,</span> <span m='78320'>what</span> <span m='78450'>the</span> <span m='78520'>realities</span> <span m='79220'>are,</span> <span m='80390'>and</span> <span m='80890'>that</span> <span m='81160'>lead</span> <span m='81430'>me to</span> <span m='81890'>journalism.</span> </p><p><span m='82940'>I</span> <span m='83040'>went</span> <span m='83220'>back</span> <span m='83430'>to</span> <span m='83530'>school.</span> <span m='83890'>I</span> <span m='83970'>got</span> <span m='84190'>a</span> <span m='84220'>degree</span> <span m='84600'>in</span> <span m='84730'>journalism</span> <span m='85590'>and</span> <span m='87880'>worked</span> <span m='88510'>at</span> <span m='90310'>I</span> <span m='90660'>guess</span> <span m='90880'>maybe</span> <span m='91140'>five</span> <span m='91500'>newspapers.</span> <span m='93010'>Most</span> <span m='93290'>recently,</span> <span m='93700'>the</span> <span m='93800'>Contra</span> <span m='94135'>Costa</span> <span m='94470'>Times.</span> <span m='95170'>I</span> <span m='95270'>was</span> <span m='95430'>there</span> <span m='95630'>for</span> <span m='95800'>eight</span> <span m='96020'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='96840'>How</span> <span m='97060'>much</span> <span m='97890'>learning</span> <span m='98270'>is</span> <span m='98650'>involved.</span> <span m='100070'>Every</span> <span m='100420'>day</span> <span m='100760'>brings</span> <span m='101130'>some</span> <span m='101460'>new</span> <span m='103640'>learning</span> <span m='104130'>about</span> <span m='104410'>a new</span> <span m='104800'>issue.</span> <span m='105820'>One</span> <span m='106050'>day,</span> <span m='106210'>it</span> <span m='106360'>might</span> <span m='106610'>be</span> <span m='106830'>red</span> <span m='107210'>tides.</span> <span m='107910'>Another</span> <span m='108290'>day,</span> <span m='108500'>it</span> <span m='108670'>might</span> <span m='108990'>be</span> <span m='111890'>labor</span> <span m='113170'>and</span> <span m='114210'>prison</span> <span m='114620'>inmates.</span> <span m='116600'>The</span> <span m='116900'>knowledge</span> <span m='117460'>just</span> <span m='117900'>spans</span> <span m='118430'>the</span> <span m='118510'>spectrum,</span> <span m='119140'>and</span> <span m='119730'>I</span> <span m='119880'>love</span> <span m='120170'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='120620'>I'd</span> <span m='120950'>say</span> <span m='121200'>this.</span> <span m='122100'>Be</span> <span m='123070'>careful.</span> <span m='124820'>Don't</span> <span m='125120'>make</span> <span m='125550'>assumptions.</span> <span m='126800'>Don't</span> <span m='127070'>take</span> <span m='127350'>anything</span> <span m='127770'>for</span> <span m='127920'>granted.</span> <span m='129139'>Everything</span> <span m='129520'>from</span> <span m='129690'>spelling</span> <span m='131730'>to</span> <span m='131870'>accurately</span> <span m='132490'>identifying</span> <span m='133630'>what</span> <span m='134250'>region</span> <span m='134670'>a</span> <span m='134740'>city</span> <span m='135080'>might</span> <span m='135540'>be in.</span> <span m='136000'>You</span> <span m='136130'>just</span> <span m='136390'>can't</span> <span m='136710'>assume</span> <span m='137110'>anything.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305209,"video_id":"2786195845001","name":"1351-Rebecca-p-Journalist","duration":137950,"thumbnail_url":null}});