Television Reporter

Television reporters are responsible for covering stories in the community served by the TV station. They travel to story locations, interview sources on camera, and generally work with a videographer who tapes the reporter's work. With smaller cameras and recording equipment, many TV reporters now cover a story by themselves.

Basic Skills and Competencies

  • Good at gathering information in the field from sources
  • Empathetic temperament
  • Strong interviewing skills
  • Ability to write broadcast style scripts to accompany video

Kate Raddatz is a reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis where she writes news stories for broadcast and web and covers breaking news. Previously, she was a a reporter at WBAY-TV, an ABC affiliate in Green Bay, Wisc, a multimedia intern at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and served as intern for WCCO's "Good Question," shadowing Emmy Award-winning reporter Jason DeRusha, assisting in story production and managing a blog on A 2011 graduate of SJMC, Raddatz worked at the Minnesota Daily as a general assignment reporter while in school.

Video Index

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  • Introduction
  • What was your path to get into this field
  • What role does technology play in your job?
  • How do you think this role is changing or has changed over the years?
  • What classes would you recommed that students take to prepare for a career in this area?
  • What is most exciting about your job?
  • What do you find most challenging about your job?
  • What do companies look for in a new hire in this field?
  • Describe a favorite memory in your job.


Courses to Help Prepare You (Within SJMC)

  • JOUR 3102: Multimedia Production and Storytelling
  • JOUR 3103: Interactive and Data Journalism
  • JOUR 3451: TV, Radio and Digital News Reporting
  • JOUR 4451: Advanced TV, Radio and Digital News Reporting
  • JOUR 5131: In-Depth Reporting
  • JOUR 5155: Database Reporting
  • JOUR 5542: Electronic Newscast Producing

Courses to Help Prepare You (Outside SJMC)

  • COMM 1101: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 3201: Introduction to Electronic Media Production
  • COMM 3422: Interviewing and Communication
  • Courses in a specific subject area such as business, history, politics, economics, the arts

Student Groups

  • Society of Professional Journalists

Participate In

  • Radio K
  • Murphy News Service
  • Minnesota Daily
  • Practicum classes


  • Look for internships at event management companies
  • Intern at PR firms with a corporate communications department
  • Intern within college development offices or college communications offices

Your Career

Career Resources

Professional Organizations

Potential Job Titles

  • Anchor

Where Alumni Work

  • WCCO
  • KARE 11
  • WIBV in Buffalo, NY
  • WSBT-TV (South Bend, IN)

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