OCCUPATION THESAURUS

REPORTER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Reporters may work for different industries, such as news channels and websites, magazines and newspapers, or radio stations. Many write within a niche, focusing primarily on sports, politics, local happenings, health, crime, the world of entertainment, etc., so research is integral to their work. Once their information has been gathered, it may be shared through written articles, interviews, recorded videos, or live news reports.

Sometimes, the terms reporter and journalist are used interchangeably, but there is a slight distinction between the two. A journalist is anyone who gathers and shares information on public affairs; this might be a reporter, editor, news anchor, columnist, etc. A reporter is a specific kind of journalist whose role is to glean and communicate information in a direct fashion, such as through interviews or press conferences.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Many reporters will pursue a bachelor's degree in a field like communications or journalism, but this isn't always necessary. More important is experience, which budding reporters can gain through an internship with a media outlet. As with most careers, reporters often will start at the bottom of the ladder, as an editor or blogger, and work their way up to their desired position.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

HELPFUL POSITIVE TRAITS:
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HELPFUL NEGATIVE TRAITS:
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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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