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Reporters & Correspondents

Also called: Anchor, News Reporter, Reporter, Staff Writer

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Mass Communications; Mass Communications Specialist

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:
  • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
  • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Safety and Government
  • law and government


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


  • 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
  • create new and original ideas


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Microsoft Access
Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Video editing software
Analytical or scientific software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical analysis software


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

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