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REPORTER, LAW & COURTS, IN-DEPTH: Gets Access To Cool People & Places

About this video 

Emily describes her favorite part of the job, the greatest challenge, and how hard it is to become a reporter. As a reporter she gets to meet interesting people she would normally never have access to. She advises: it's a tough market but if you love it, you'll find work.

Degree: Communication and Media Studies
Job Title: Reporter, Law & Courts

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
$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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