Reporter


I want to be a …. Reporter

So, you like to be the first to know, and you like to find out the scoop by asking lots of questions. Your natural curiosity and your love of storytelling lead you to believe that reporting could be a good fit. So, how do you become a reporter?

Talk it Out!
Sit down with your parents, and let them know that you're interested in a career in the news biz. Meet with your counselor, and make sure you're signed up for the classes that will help you get there. Whenever possible, talk to people who are already working as reporters - they can tell you how they did it and give you great ideas. You might even get a chance to volunteer, intern or work with them.

In High School …
You'll find yourself in classes with students who have other interests and career goals. After all, everyone needs some experience with English, math, science and social studies/sciences. But, if you want to push into the news business, you'll also need to understand people, so you'll likely find yourself taking a class like psychology.

You'll also end up taking some interesting career and technical classes (also called CTE classes). These will cover subjects that directly tie to your interest in reporting. These classes could include broadcast journalism; introduction to arts, audio/video technology and communications; and journalistic research.

After High School …
Reporting is a competitive field. You have to write and speak well, and many companies require a college degree. Of course, in college, you'll still have to take general education classes, like English composition, algebra and science, but you'll also get to take specialized courses. These are the classes that teach you skills you'll be able to use as a reporter. Class subjects could include ethics and legal issues, electronic media production, and technical and design aspects of broadcast production.

Want more specifics? Check out the Virginia Education Wizard at www.vawizard.org.