We surveyed 595 news reporters to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical news reporter. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a news reporter?

Low

High

Working as a news reporter typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a news reporter?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a news reporter typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a news reporter?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a news reporter.

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Do news reporters work full-time or part-time?

63% of news reporters work in full-time roles while 37% work part-time.

Is being a news reporter stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for news reporters, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a news reporter?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a news reporter.

How competitive is the workplace for news reporters?

Low

High

News reporters see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a news reporter require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

News reporters will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are news reporters allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a news reporter, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do news reporters have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

News reporters tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a news reporter physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a news reporters is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are news reporters exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, news reporters tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a news reporter require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a news reporter.

Does being a good news reporter require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as news reporters.