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Foreign correspondent

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. 

Employment level (thousands)

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.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

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
Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

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