The most obvious career for a journalism major is as a writer for a news publication. Most newspapers or organizations have several writers, or reporters, under their wing, needing the most updated stories quickly and reliably. The typical job duties include interviewing people who have information needed on your story, attending press conferences or events, responding to breaking news stories, real-time blogging or reporting online, and working very closely with the news teams. Reporters have to research and write stories for various topics and stories, having to act under extreme deadlines as well.
When looking for a position as a news reporter, the best area to search for is with large publications who need online help. Blogging, tweeting, and real-time updating is becoming a widely growing practice with news companies, as well as mobile news divisions. The best competition for this market is in large metropolitan areas where there is a higher concentration of agencies in a single area.
Salaries for reporters vary depending on the location and size of the company. In 2013, the average salary for news reporters equaled around $44,000 to $45,000, increasing almost 11 percent in ten years. This increase is very optimistic for those in the field.