What tasks are done by Reporters and Correspondents at work?

Based on survey data, tasks done by Reporters and Correspondents usually include the following:

  • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information. (Several times daily, 50% of the time.)
  • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas. (Several times daily, 50% of the time.)
  • Edit or assist in editing videos for broadcast. (Daily, 46% of the time.)
  • Communicate with readers, viewers, advertisers, or the general public via mail, email, or telephone. (Daily, 43% of the time.)
  • Review and evaluate notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details. (Several times daily, 43% of the time.)
  • Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions. (Several times daily, 41% of the time.)
  • Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions. (Daily, 41% of the time.)
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story. (Several times daily, 41% of the time.)
  • Photograph or videotape news events. (Daily, 39% of the time.)
  • Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories. (Daily, 38% of the time.)
  • Take pictures or video and process them for inclusion in a story. (Daily, 38% of the time.)
  • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events. (Several times daily, 36% of the time.)
  • Determine a published or broadcasted story's emphasis, length, and format and organize material accordingly. (Several times daily, 36% of the time.)
  • Write reviews of literary, musical, or other artwork, based on knowledge, judgment, or experience. (More than yearly, 36% of the time.)
  • Write columns, editorials, commentaries, or reviews that interpret events or offer opinions. (More than weekly, 35% of the time.)
  • Participate in community events, make public appearances, or conduct community service. (More than yearly, 35% of the time.)
  • Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems. (Daily, 33% of the time.)
  • Assign stories to other reporters or duties to production staff. (Daily, 33% of the time.)
  • Report on specialized fields such as medicine, green technology, environmental issues, science, politics, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education. (Daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements. (Several times daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Review written, audio, or video copy and correct errors in content, grammar, or punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines. (Several times daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Conduct taped or filmed interviews or narratives. (Daily, 32% of the time.)
  • Present live or recorded commentary via broadcast media. (Daily, 31% of the time.)
  • Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences. (More than weekly, 30% of the time.)
  • Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts. (Several times daily, 29% of the time.)
  • Write online blog entries that address news developments or offer additional information, opinions, or commentary on news events. (More than weekly, 28% of the time.)
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information. (More than weekly, 27% of the time.)
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