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TECHNOLOGY REPORTER, IN-DEPTH: Work Your Passion Into Your Life

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Rachel, a technology reporter, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Here, she talks to us about what the current in-demand skills and experience in journalism are.

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.

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='8700'>in-depth</span> <span m='9220'>on</span> <span m='9460'>certain</span> <span m='9700'>topics</span> <span m='10560'>and</span> <span m='10670'>just</span> <span m='10870'>follow</span> <span m='11290'>trends</span> <span m='11750'>that</span> <span m='11880'>are</span> <span m='11950'>happening</span> <span m='12550'>in</span> <span m='12730'>technology.</span> <span m='13280'>It's</span> <span m='13470'>pretty</span> <span m='13650'>cool.</span> </p><p><span m='14840'>What's</span> <span m='15180'>challenging</span> <span m='16660'>is</span> <span m='17180'>figuring</span> <span m='17710'>out</span> <span m='18160'>the</span> <span m='18260'>priorities</span> <span m='20130'>throughout</span> <span m='20450'>the</span> <span m='20540'>workday.</span> <span m='20980'>And</span> <span m='21120'>I</span> <span m='21170'>think</span> <span m='21290'>that's</span> <span m='21550'>probably</span> <span m='21950'>a</span> <span m='22060'>problem</span> <span m='22340'>for</span> <span m='22490'>a</span> <span m='22540'>lot</span> <span m='22770'>of younger</span> <span m='23000'>professionals.</span> <span m='24090'>It's</span> <span m='24200'>just</span> <span m='24430'>figuring</span> <span m='24800'>out</span> <span m='25080'>what's</span> <span m='25440'>most</span> <span m='25650'>important,</span> <span m='25990'>what do</span> <span m='26130'>I have</span> <span m='26540'>to do</span> <span m='26795'>now,</span> <span m='27050'>what can</span> <span m='27170'>I put</span> <span m='27380'>off for</span> <span m='27690'>later,</span> <span m='29350'>and</span> <span m='29520'>then</span> <span m='30130'>adjusting</span> <span m='30950'>when</span> <span m='31380'>things</span> <span m='31720'>happen.</span> <span m='32250'>If</span> <span m='32530'>you're a</span> <span m='32670'>journalist,</span> <span m='33300'>there</span> <span m='33530'>might</span> <span m='33660'>be</span> <span m='33770'>breaking</span> <span m='34120'>news,</span> <span m='35110'>and the</span> <span m='35230'>other</span> <span m='35470'>things</span> <span m='35700'>will</span> <span m='35790'>suddenly</span> <span m='36190'>switch</span> <span m='37140'>into</span> <span m='37470'>the</span> <span m='37820'>priority</span> <span m='38490'>chain.</span> <span m='38920'>So</span> <span m='39090'>you</span> <span m='39260'>need</span> <span m='39410'>to</span> <span m='39560'>be</span> <span m='39960'>flexible</span> <span m='40400'>and</span> <span m='40840'>adjustable,</span> <span m='41120'>and</span> <span m='41400'>sometimes</span> <span m='41670'>that</span> <span m='41970'>can be</span> <span m='42280'>a</span> <span m='42370'>challenge.</span> </p><p><span m='43890'>A</span> <span m='43970'>key</span> <span m='44310'>realization</span> <span m='45360'>for</span> <span m='45560'>me</span> <span m='46480'>was</span> <span m='46690'>that</span> <span m='47320'>I</span> <span m='47430'>need</span> <span m='47640'>to</span> <span m='47960'>always</span> <span m='48310'>be</span> <span m='48440'>writing</span> <span m='48830'>in</span> <span m='48940'>some</span> <span m='49160'>way,</span> <span m='50370'>whether</span> <span m='50650'>or</span> <span m='50680'>not I'm</span> <span m='50930'>working</span> <span m='51220'>professionally</span> <span m='52310'>as</span> <span m='52790'>a</span> <span m='52870'>reporter.</span> <span m='53900'>I</span> <span m='54040'>don't</span> <span m='54470'>do</span> <span m='54630'>that</span> <span m='54840'>much</span> <span m='54980'>writing</span> <span m='55400'>outside</span> <span m='56140'>of</span> <span m='56300'>my</span> <span m='56500'>day</span> <span m='56700'>job</span> <span m='56910'>right</span> <span m='57050'>now,</span> <span m='57260'>admittedly.</span> <span m='57900'>I</span> <span m='58040'>wish</span> <span m='58230'>I</span> <span m='58270'>was,</span> <span m='58570'>but</span> <span m='58760'>I'm</span> <span m='58880'>not.</span> <span m='59560'>But</span> <span m='60000'>it's</span> <span m='60420'>important,</span> <span m='61030'>I</span> <span m='61050'>think,</span> <span m='61460'>to</span> <span m='61610'>always</span> <span m='62010'>be</span> <span m='62150'>writing,</span> <span m='62550'>whether</span> <span m='62770'>you're</span> <span m='62970'>freelancing</span> <span m='64050'>or</span> <span m='64800'>just</span> <span m='65019'>writing</span> <span m='65280'>things</span> <span m='65550'>for</span> <span m='65620'>yourself</span> <span m='66750'>or</span> <span m='67320'>working</span> <span m='67580'>a</span> <span m='67840'>full-time</span> <span m='68230'>job</span> <span m='68480'>as</span> <span m='68620'>a</span> <span m='68680'>writer,</span> <span m='69140'>if</span> <span m='69330'>that's</span> <span m='69550'>what</span> <span m='69690'>you</span> <span m='69800'>want</span> <span m='70020'>to</span> <span m='70100'>do.</span> <span m='70450'>If</span> <span m='70520'>there's</span> <span m='70690'>a</span> <span m='70740'>way</span> <span m='71080'>to</span> <span m='71550'>work</span> <span m='72120'>your</span> <span m='72270'>passion</span> <span m='72890'>into</span> <span m='73630'>your</span> <span m='73800'>life,</span> <span m='74330'>whether</span> <span m='74580'>or</span> <span m='74620'>not</span> <span m='74820'>you're</span> <span m='74900'>getting</span> <span m='75110'>paid</span> <span m='75310'>for</span> <span m='75580'>it,</span> <span m='75620'>I</span> <span m='75690'>think</span> <span m='75850'>that's</span> <span m='76110'>a</span> <span m='76180'>great</span> <span m='76390'>thing</span> <span m='76560'>to</span> <span m='76660'>do,</span> <span m='76920'>and it'll</span> <span m='77130'>keep you</span> <span m='77500'>fresh.</span> </p><p><span m='78760'>Is it</span> <span m='79030'>hard</span> <span m='79320'>to</span> <span m='79390'>get</span> <span m='79530'>the</span> <span m='79610'>job</span> <span m='79890'>in</span> <span m='80020'>journalism?</span> <span m='80900'>It</span> <span m='81400'>can</span> <span m='81630'>be</span> <span m='81730'>hard.</span> <span m='82060'>I</span> <span m='82170'>like</span> <span m='82360'>to</span> <span m='82450'>think</span> <span m='82760'>that</span> <span m='83390'>if</span> <span m='83705'>you</span> <span m='84020'>try</span> <span m='84320'>really</span> <span m='84530'>hard</span> <span m='84910'>and</span> <span m='85100'>you</span> <span m='85330'>work</span> <span m='85970'>really</span> <span m='86160'>hard</span> <span m='86510'>and</span> <span m='86690'>you're</span> <span m='87140'>a</span> <span m='87210'>good</span> <span m='87390'>reporter</span> <span m='87940'>that</span> <span m='88510'>there</span> <span m='88700'>will</span> <span m='88800'>be</span> <span m='88920'>jobs</span> <span m='89350'>and</span> <span m='89460'>you'll</span> <span m='89600'>be</span> <span m='89750'>able</span> <span m='89940'>to</span> <span m='89990'>get</span> <span m='90210'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='90410'>But</span> <span m='90600'>I</span> <span m='90710'>think</span> <span m='91100'>that,</span> <span m='91280'>especially</span> <span m='91750'>right</span> <span m='91980'>now,</span> <span m='92620'>certain</span> <span m='92910'>skills</span> <span m='93270'>are</span> <span m='93350'>more</span> <span m='93600'>in</span> <span m='93780'>demand.</span> <span m='94780'>If</span> <span m='95060'>you</span> <span m='95190'>have</span> <span m='95430'>more</span> <span m='96750'>mixed</span> <span m='97050'>media</span> <span m='97310'>experience,</span> <span m='97870'>online</span> <span m='98090'>experience,</span> <span m='98405'>that's</span> <span m='99130'>a</span> <span m='99240'>big</span> <span m='99470'>plus,</span> <span m='99750'>and that</span> <span m='100090'>can really</span> <span m='100230'>help</span> <span m='100480'>you.</span> <span m='101630'>And</span> <span m='102020'>certain</span> <span m='102490'>fields,</span> <span m='103020'>I</span> <span m='103060'>think,</span> <span m='103520'>might</span> <span m='103850'>have</span> <span m='104080'>more</span> <span m='104260'>job</span> <span m='104470'>openings</span> <span m='104870'>than</span> <span m='104970'>others.</span> <span m='105430'>I</span> <span m='105490'>think</span> <span m='105680'>tech</span> <span m='105840'>journalism</span> <span m='106730'>for</span> <span m='106850'>a while</span> <span m='107180'>has</span> <span m='107340'>actually</span> <span m='107680'>been</span> <span m='108230'>one</span> <span m='108480'>where</span> <span m='108610'>there</span> <span m='108810'>are</span> <span m='108830'>a</span> <span m='108890'>lot</span> <span m='109140'>of</span> <span m='109360'>opportunities,</span> <span m='110070'>actually.</span> </p><p><span m='111530'>I</span> <span m='111650'>am</span> <span m='111870'>pretty</span> <span m='112060'>happy</span> <span m='112390'>with</span> <span m='112510'>my</span> <span m='112660'>work/life</span> <span m='113230'>balance.</span> <span m='114120'>I'm</span> <span m='114870'>pretty</span> <span m='115920'>able</span> <span m='116250'>to</span> <span m='116740'>shut</span> <span m='117090'>things</span> <span m='117340'>off</span> <span m='117740'>at</span> <span m='117810'>the</span> <span m='117930'>end</span> <span m='118070'>of</span> <span m='118130'>the</span> <span m='118210'>day.</span> <span m='118850'>Sometimes</span> <span m='119270'>I</span> <span m='119340'>do</span> <span m='119560'>have</span> <span m='119710'>to</span> <span m='119810'>work</span> <span m='120030'>late</span> <span m='120270'>or</span> <span m='120690'>work</span> <span m='120990'>early</span> <span m='122400'>or</span> <span m='122520'>work</span> <span m='122740'>at</span> <span m='122810'>home</span> <span m='123120'>or</span> <span m='123190'>whatnot.</span> <span m='123750'>But</span> <span m='124300'>for</span> <span m='124380'>the</span> <span m='124500'>most</span> <span m='124770'>part,</span> <span m='125050'>I</span> <span m='126000'>take</span> <span m='126950'>play</span> <span m='127370'>very</span> <span m='127610'>seriously,</span> <span m='128780'>and</span> <span m='129130'>I</span> <span m='129389'>try</span> <span m='129699'>to</span> <span m='129830'>have</span> <span m='130060'>the day</span> <span m='130440'>be over</span> <span m='130770'>when</span> <span m='130960'>it's</span> <span m='131070'>time</span> <span m='131250'>for the</span> <span m='131380'>day to</span> <span m='131610'>be</span> <span m='131790'>over.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265642,"video_id":"2701283165001","name":"70997760","duration":132863,"thumbnail_url":null}});