Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-3022 Reporters and Correspondents
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television. Exclude "Broadcast News Analysts" (27-3021).
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events. Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story. Review copy and correct errors in content, grammar, and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines. Review and evaluate notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details. Determine a story's emphasis, length, and format, and organize material accordingly. Research and analyze background information related to stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information. Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions. Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories. Research and report on specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology, politics, foreign affairs, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education. Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas. Discuss issues with editors to establish priorities or positions. Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts. Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements. Photograph or videotape news events, or request that a photographer be assigned to provide such coverage. Develop ideas or material for columns or commentaries by analyzing and interpreting news, current issues, or personal experiences. Transmit news stories or reporting information from remote locations, using equipment such as satellite phones, telephones, fax machines, or modems. Report on green technology or environmental issues, such as pollution, energy effiency, recycling, or renewable energy.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.44   Entry $25,879.00
Mean $19.95   Mean $41,510.00
Experience $23.71 Experience $49,326.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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