The profession of newspaper reporter entrusts a great deal of responsibility upon a person. Reporting of factual information in a free and fair manner is the very essence of this profession. As a matter of fact, there are some news stories that have made such a strong impact on the society that some of them have even won accolades.
Nevertheless, being a reporter is not an easy task; a person needs to make a comparative analysis of every quality that a newspaper reporter must possess with his or her own virtues.
The news that you as a reporter tend to report must be based on fact. Don’t write just any news piece, which is a figment of your imagination. Writing a news story involves integrating the fundamental principle of news writing, i.e. five W’s and one H (Why, Where, What, When and How). Personal creativeness or opinion of a person cannot be implemented in coverage of a news report.
Steer clear of any sought of prejudice while writing a piece of news. News must always be reported from the viewpoint of what the readers might think in a particular situation. Personal opinion is generally exhibited in various types of editorial writings. Whenever there are any sudden developments with regard to some event, make sure that information to be reported in news must be cross checked so that any sought of legal hurdle doesn’t arise afterwards.
If you are going to report on particular news beat then make sure that you are present in all the related situational developments taking place with regard to your news beat. Professional newspaper reporter must be acquainted with all aspects of human activities. The lingo of the news piece must be simple which an average person could understand. Grammatical expertise is a must to become a good newspaper reporter.
Before choosing to become a newspaper reporter, a person must clearly understand the demands of this profession as the media industry is extremely volatile which tends to change within a second. A person here must learn to work in at odd hours. A prospective newspaper reporter must be a bundle of courage as in many cases; a person might have to report in an extremely awkward situation or have to ask its sources some very critical questions. All this requires great mental strength and determination.
Born and Raised in New Delhi, Ashima Bhatnagar completed her Journalism from premier universities of India. She Specializes in content writing and has wriiten on variety of subjects including health, beauty, skin care, internet & associated subjects, relationships, etc. Her other Articles can be accessed at: