News Journalist

Quick Facts: Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts
2012 Median Pay $37,090 per year
$17.83 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 57,600
Job Outlook, 2012-22 -13% (Decline)
Employment Change, 2012-22 -7,200

What Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts Do

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, websites, television, and radio.

Work Environment

Reporters and correspondents spend a lot of time in the field, conducting interviews and investigating stories. The work is often fast paced, with constant demands to meet deadlines and to be the first reporter to publish a news story on a subject.

How to Become a Reporter, Correspondent, or Broadcast News Analyst

Employers generally prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.


In May 2012, the median annual wage for reporters and correspondents was $35,870. The median annual wage for broadcast news analysts was $55,380 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts is projected to decline 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. Declining advertising revenue in radio, newspapers, and television will negatively impact the employment growth for these occupations.


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