What is it like to be a Foreign Correspondent?
Foreign correspondents are passionate about reporting on people and events in foreign countries. They are ‘on call’ 24 hours a day, ready to report as soon as a story breaks. Foreign correspondents have a strong foundation in journalism and a willingness to exit their comfort zone. They can cover a variety of topics and events from foreign politics to the Olympic Games to war and revolution.
Foreign correspondents often spend a lot of time in transit and are unable to predict where they will be posted next and for how long. They work either as a freelancer or for one particular news source, reporting from the field or in a foreign news head office.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
Is it right for me?
Foreign correspondents are confident written and verbal communicators who possess a strong knowledge of all current affairs. As a foreign correspondent you will be able to work within tight deadlines and be curious about the world around you. You will also possess the following traits;
- Ability to write clear, concise, objective and accurate material quickly
- Good general knowledge
- Interest in current events
- Aptitude to learn keyboard and shorthand skills
- Ability to speak clearly when working on radio and television
- Bachelor of Communication and Media (double major in Journalism and Communication and Media Studies)
- Bachelor of Arts (double major in Journalism Extended and Contemporary International Studies)
- Bachelor of Arts (double major in Journalism Extended and International Relations)