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Newspaper Reporter Career Profile— Female, age 28 (ID #144)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Newspaper Reporter do?

  What field is your job in?

Journalism

  What is your job title?

Newspaper Reporter

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

I work for the Bugle Newspapers. It is a local newspaper that serves three communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. It is a fairly small company. We serve about 10,000 people in each community.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

2 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

about 30

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I attend village board meetings, community events, and do phone interviews in order to write news and feature stories about community happenings.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.

$25,000

  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.

28000

  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

none

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

slight under

2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Yes

  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Yes

  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • -1 Income
  • -1 Work Environment - co-workers
  • -1 Work Environment - supervisors
  • -1 Benefits
  • -1 Hours
  • -1 Level of responsibility
  • -1 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • -1 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?



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