Follow trends and current issues facing colleges and universities.
What does a Higher Education Reporter do?
The educational system in this country is in a constant state of flux. As a Higher Education Reporter, you are responsible for keeping the public in the know about the various issues facing our colleges and universities. A college degree can be a life-changer for many people, and it’s important that they know and understand how these institutions are growing and changing. You use your in-depth knowledge of the college system and your control of language to shed light on these issues.
But it’s not all gloom and doom. Higher Education Reporters have the ability to report on a wide range of topics, from social and studying trends amongst students, to college sports, and even leisure activities. If you love everything about college and university life, then you can find a way to write about it as a Higher Education Reporter.
If you are employed full-time at a news outlet, then you likely have your own office, or a desk in a bullpen. Depending on your publication schedule, you spend some hours in the office, attending editorial meetings and interacting with Editors and coworkers.
The rest of the time, you’re on your own, researching stories, running down leads, attending college and university events, and interviewing sources. Because of this, your hours can be somewhat unpredictable. Many Reporters of all kinds also work freelance.
Like all journalism jobs, being a Higher Education Reporter gives you a chance to share your vision of the news with the entire world. As news shifts from print to digital, you can find new avenues for publication online, with the potential to reach an even broader audience. Facility with computers, email, and content management systems is important.
As a Journalist, communicating is your bread and butter. You need to negotiate with sources, and rely on your personality and connections to get access to the best stories.