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- 1 one that reports: as
- a : a person who makes authorized statements of law decisions or legislative proceedings
- b : a person who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding
- c (1) : a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or television company to gather and report news : a person who broadcasts news
A reporter is a type of journalist who researches, writes, and reports information to present in sources, conduct interviews, engage in research, and make reports. The information-gathering part of a journalist's job is sometimes called "reporting," in contrast to the production part of the job such as writing articles. Reporters may split their time between working in a newsroom and going out to witness events or interview people. Reporters may be assigned a specific beat or area of coverage.