What is a Political Reporter?

Political Reporter Job Description

Political reporters are responsible for gathering information surrounding current events in government and politics in order to write reports for news programs.


Their efforts ensure that the general population can be aware of political and governmental current events.



Typical Job Duties

• Research background information pertaining to news stories in order to provide the most complete information to the public

• Check reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain relevant facts

• Review and evaluate notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details

• Determine the emphasis, length and format of the story

• Revise work to meet editorial requirements

• Report on political and governmental news stories and events

• Receive assignments from editor

• Evaluate news item leads

• Confer with editor regarding the establishment of story priorities and positions


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