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A journalist who gathers material to be published as a news report, i.e. a story, or a feature.

The earliest usage recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary to denote people working for newspapers is from 1798, in the USA. This usage evolved from the British medieval use of the word to describe a recounter or narrator.

A general news reporter is usually low-ranking in a media organization, though he/she may progress to be a specialist reporter with particular expertise. e.g. a crime reporter, medical reporter, showbiz reporter, diplomatic correspondent.


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