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News Researcher Interview Questions

26 News Researcher Interview Questions
Question 1 of 26
What skills do you hope to gain from this job?
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The candidate should find room for improvement in his or her work, and talk to the hiring manager about where they aspire to be in the future. The candidate should be passionate about growing and learning to achieve a future goal. Also, this will show the hiring manager that the candidate has considered the skills required of the job and where they fit within that criteria.

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"I hope to learn from this job how to dig deeply into stories and find ones that the community really cares about, and not just the easy ones anyone can find. So many talented minds work here and I want to gain their knowledge of investigation."
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Question 2 of 26
How do you prioritize stories and events to schedule?
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The researcher must know what stories and information are top priority in the news industry, and can prove they can filter information that will benefit stories. The candidate should discuss how they will choose stories and information based on their keen skills of story writing and journalism.

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"I am a great journalist and know I can find stories that are of interest to this region and this community. I like to find a mix of stories both national and local that other stations do not have, but also incorporate popular stories with a fresh take."
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Question 3 of 26
What are your benefits expectations?
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Oftentimes in the news industry, workers get compensation for their time other than just a salary, such as gas money, parking, or other compensation. The candidate may want to suggest other benefits they are interested in so they can come to an agreement.

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"I hope to be compensated for my long drive. You're hiring for me for my strong researching skills, but I am traveling a long distance to do so."
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Question 4 of 26
Are you able to work nights and weekends?
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Jobs in the news industry often require working weekends, late nights, early mornings, and long hours. The candidate should discuss their availability working various hours.

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"I will be able to work any and all hours necessary to get the job done."
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If you could start your career over again, what path would you choose?
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The candidate can express what other skills they have to make them a worthy worker through discussing what other careers they would choose if they left news. The candidate should talk about what other careers have been interesting to them and what skills they possess to set them apart from others.

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"If I chose a new career path, I would become a teacher because I work well with children and find that I enjoy learning new things from them each day. In news researching, I also love learning new things each day and that's why I believe this is the perfect job for me."
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Author of News Researcher Answers and Questions

Christina Erne
Christina Erne is a meteorologist and a journalist at News 10 ABC in Albany, NY. Beginning her career as a reporter, she worked her way up the ranks of local television, learning the ins and outs of all possible jobs in the field, from technical support, to weather staff.
First written on: 07/18/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About News Researcher

August 18th, 2017

A news researcher is someone who is responsible for conducting any research needed for news stories in the newsroom for television, radio, written, or online news sources. The candidate must be someone with deep investigation skills with good communication skills within a team and with outside sources. They are responsible for researching past events, as well as local and national news stories to brief reporters and producers on the background of the story they will be covering and reporting.