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List of Reporter Interview Questions
  1. Why did you decide to become a reporter?
  2. What is your experience with social media?
  3. How do you work as part of a team?
  4. What is your experience working with a photographer?
  5. How would you describe your writing style?
  6. What experience do you have making difficult decisions surrounding tragic stories?
  7. How are your organizational skills?
  8. Do you consider yourself approachable?
  9. How do you plan to form relationships with officials in the community?
  10. How do you work under pressure?
  11. If you could start your career over, what path would you take?
  12. What time of day do you work best?
  13. Why do you want to report on this specific area?
  14. How do you plan to find new stories to cover?
  15. Why is this job a good fit?
  16. What is your favorite story you have ever covered?
  17. What is the most difficult story you have ever covered?
  18. If you could choose just one subject to report on, what would it be?
  19. What are your salary expectations?
  20. What are your benefits expectations?
  21. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
  22. Why did you decide to become a reporter over other writing jobs?
  23. What are your career aspirations in the future?
  24. How does this position fit into your career plans?
  25. What unique qualities can you offer our station/newspaper/website?
  26. What are some techniques you use to evoke emotion from your interviews?
Reporter Information
August 18th, 2017

A reporter is someone who is responsible for gathering information, interviewing persons of interest, and create a story, either written or in video form, for written or broadcast media. Reporters are responsible for finding stories within their domain, such as a local community, a state, or nationwide, and produce a written or spoken product explaining the most pertinent details of what has happened. Types of reports include breaking news like fires, floods, and robberies; human interest stories such as a family raising money for a local organization; or general information stories, such as reports on an election. A reporter may work for a newspaper, online news gathering site, television station, or may freelance for any of these types of companies. In some cases, a reporter is expected to work with a photographer/photojournalist to put together a visual story.

To prepare for an interview for a career in reporting, the aspiring reporter must first research the location where they are looking to report. They must research important topics and stories from the area, important people in the community, and be familiar with popular locations within that city or state. An aspiring reporter must expect that in an interview, a news director or hiring agent will ask how familiar they are with the area and may quiz them on story ideas they already may have.

To prepare for an interview, an aspiring reporter must dress professionally and prepare to talk clearly and eloquently about their previous experience. News directors and hiring agents will want to know what kinds of stories they have reported on in the past and will want to know how much experience the reporter has in all types of situations, like in breaking news or a story of devastation. They also must be prepared to either send or show the news director examples of their previous work, including either published works, or video reports the reporter has produced in the past.

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