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TECHNOLOGY REPORTER: Interest In Writing Sparked At Young Age

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Rachel, a technology reporter for MIT Technology Review, talks about her start in journalism at a young age and her path to her current position. She specializes in writing web, social media and mobile stories.

Degree: Journalism
Job Title: Technology Reporter
Employer: MIT Technology Review

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.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$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='12380'>we</span> <span m='12520'>have</span> <span m='12860'>a</span> <span m='13070'>morning</span> <span m='13470'>meeting</span> <span m='13830'>where</span> <span m='14030'>we</span> <span m='14410'>pitch</span> <span m='14710'>stories.</span> <span m='15470'>And</span> <span m='15730'>we</span> <span m='15860'>talk</span> <span m='16129'>about</span> <span m='16660'>things</span> <span m='16960'>we're</span> <span m='17090'>working</span> <span m='17500'>on,</span> <span m='18060'>stories</span> <span m='18500'>were</span> <span m='18660'>interested</span> <span m='19230'>in,</span> <span m='19450'>what</span> <span m='19580'>kind</span> <span m='19760'>of</span> <span m='19860'>news</span> <span m='20170'>is</span> <span m='20310'>going</span> <span m='20580'>on</span> <span m='20800'>within</span> <span m='21090'>our</span> <span m='21230'>beat.</span> <span m='21710'>Each</span> <span m='21940'>person</span> <span m='22700'>has</span> <span m='22910'>their</span> <span m='23150'>own</span> <span m='23830'>area</span> <span m='24250'>of</span> <span m='24420'>coverage</span> <span m='24760'>that</span> <span m='24980'>they're</span> <span m='25160'>responsible</span> <span m='25680'>for.</span> <span m='26000'>I</span> <span m='26090'>do</span> <span m='26240'>a</span> <span m='26300'>lot</span> <span m='26490'>of</span> <span m='26850'>web,</span> <span m='27750'>social</span> <span m='28070'>media,</span> <span m='28990'>mobile</span> <span m='29660'>stuff.</span> <span m='30260'>And</span> <span m='30400'>I</span> <span m='30470'>write</span> <span m='30670'>about</span> <span m='30950'>a</span> <span m='31030'>wide</span> <span m='31260'>variety of</span> <span m='31590'>start</span> <span m='31860'>ups.</span> <span m='32090'>And</span> <span m='32420'>also</span> <span m='32670'>some</span> <span m='32850'>big</span> <span m='33010'>companies,</span> <span m='33630'>like</span> <span m='33880'>Apple,</span> <span m='34280'>for</span> <span 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m='59800'>was</span> <span m='59940'>in</span> <span m='60030'>college.</span> <span m='60630'>And</span> <span m='60970'>just</span> <span m='61500'>kept</span> <span m='61760'>working.</span> </p><p><span m='62170'>So</span> <span m='62310'>I've</span> <span m='62480'>been</span> <span m='62800'>in</span> <span m='62980'>journalism</span> <span m='63240'>in</span> <span m='63500'>some</span> <span m='63770'>form</span> <span m='64000'>since</span> <span m='64239'>I</span> <span m='64310'>was</span> <span m='64450'>16</span> <span m='64989'>at</span> <span m='65060'>this</span> <span m='65239'>point.</span> <span m='65519'>So</span> <span m='65880'>been</span> <span m='66200'>a professional</span> <span m='67230'>for</span> <span m='67870'>about</span> <span m='68150'>10</span> <span m='68370'>years</span> <span m='68660'>now.</span> <span m='69730'>What</span> <span m='70160'>I</span> <span m='70270'>know</span> <span m='70510'>now</span> <span m='70820'>that</span> <span 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