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Reporters & Correspondents

Also called: Reporter, Anchor, News Reporter, General Assignment Reporter

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Basic Combat Correspondent; Combat Correspondent

What they do:
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
On the job, you would:
  • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
  • Review copy and correct errors in content, grammar, and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia
Business
  • customer service
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Microsoft Access
Analytical or scientific software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical analysis software
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Mapping software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$35,870
per year, on average
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