Profession foreign correspondent

Foreign correspondents research and write news stories of international importance for newspapers, journals, magazines, radio, television and other media. They are stationed in a foreign country.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Rhetoric

    The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.

Skills

  • Study topics

    Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Write to a deadline

    Schedule and respect tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio projects.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Stay up to date with social media

    Keep up with the trends and people on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists

    Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.

  • Follow the news

    Follow current events in politics, economics, social communities, cultural sectors, internationally, and in sports.

  • Participate in editorial meetings

    Participate in meetings with fellow editors and journalists to discuss possible topics and to divide the tasks and workload.

  • Show intercultural awareness

    Show sensibility towards cultural differences by taking actions which facilitate positive interaction between international organisations, between groups or individuals of different cultures, and to promote integration in a community.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

    Edit and adapt work in response to comments from peers and publishers.

  • Use specific writing techniques

    Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Provide context to news stories

    Provide substantial context to national or international news stories to explain things in more detail.

  • Observe new developments in foreign countries

    Observe political, economic and societal developments in the assigned country, gather and report relevant information to the relevant institution.

  • Study cultures

    Study and internalise a culture that is not your own to truly understand its traditions, rules, and workings.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • Build contacts to maintain news flow

    Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.

Optional knowledge and skills

promote your writings ict software specifications communicate by telephone present during live broadcasts rewrite articles adapt to type of media adapt to changing situations provide written content manage personal finances write headlines proofread text press law manage writing administration document interviews follow directions of on-site director write captions do historical research pronunciation techniques check correctness of information multimedia systems apply desktop publishing techniques create online news content desktop publishing