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?
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?
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?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a news reporter.
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?
Stress is very commonplace for news reporters, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.
Is being organized important as a news reporter?
Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a news reporter.
How competitive is the workplace for news reporters?
News reporters see mild competition in their workplace.
Does being a news reporter require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
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?
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?
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?
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?
While sometimes repetitive, news reporters tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.
Does being a news reporter require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a news reporter.
Does being a good news reporter require compassion and empathy?
Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as news reporters.