Investigative Journalist

An investigative journalist is a professional reporter who deeply investigates the truth behind concealed public matters such as crimes, violations of law, injustices, and corruption. These reporters uncover the real angle behind a story to reveal wrongdoing and misconduct. This role is a good fit for someone with a real passion for chasing a story and getting to the front of it.

How to Become an Investigative Journalist

Strong reporting and writing skills are a must to work as an investigative reporter. Therefore, you’ll most likely need a degree in journalism or related field to gain the required proficiencies. Many schools offer an area of concentration that focuses on investigative reporting, allowing you to practice and hone your skills. You’ll also learn how to uncover scandals and how the powerful accountable for their actions. Working for a newspaper or an online media site will most likely be your place of employment.

Job Outlook and Salary Data for Investigative Journalists

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of reporters in correspondents was $45,120 in May 2012. However, with an advanced degree and on-the-job experience, you can earn more. This field is competitive and requires a thick skin and plenty of determination to handle difficult sources and lengthy stories.

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