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News reporters are employed by newspapers and magazines to research and write features and news stories for publication. This can be on a local, regional or national scale. They cover all areas of interest and those working for large publications such as national newspapers may specialise in a certain field, such as sports or politics.
News teams will allocate stories to reporters who will research material and write copy before submitting it to an editor for approval.
They may be sent to cover breaking news stories, events, or conduct research for articles.
They attend meetings in order to discuss ideas for stories which would be interesting to the readership and will research the subject in depth, which may involve preparing, conducting, transcribing and summarising interviews and following leads from emergency services and the general public.
Reporters must ensure that their work is well written, concise, pertinent, and that it follows the style and reflects the viewpoint of the newspaper or magazine in which it will be published. Also, importantly, they must ensure that what they write is factually accurate and does not present legal problems or issues relating to copyright law.
They must keep up to date with trends and developments relating to the publication and the readership.
The work of a reporter may involve administrative tasks such as answering telephones, filing news stories and features and sorting, reading and replying to correspondence via email, by telephone or by post.