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A reporter ( English to report 'report, reproduce, record'; Old French. Reporter 'report'; Latin reportare 'bring back'), also reporter , is a term for the special activity of a journalist on an event at its location and Job.

TV reporter at work

The reporter reports on current events, especially those in the fields of justice , culture , Local , Politics , Foreign , Science and Sport for press , radio and television . The report may be in radio and television both "live" - that is at the same time - transmitted and recorded and - still mostly editorial sent subsequently - edited.

Egon Erwin Kisch (1885–1948) became famous in Germany around 1920 as the “mad reporter” .

Numerous journalists and reporters were killed while they were working .

A new trend are amateur reporters who observe and photograph events for little or no payment. Must be distinguished from citizen reporters such. B. in South Korea ( OhmyNews ).


  • Hakan Baykal: The first reporter. Herodotus reports from all over the world . Primus, Darmstadt 2013. ISBN 978-3-86312040-5
  • Stefan Heijnk: The print report: Genre conventions from a reporter's point of view . In: Journalistik, Volume 59, Issue 2/2014, pp. 135–157, ISSN  0033-4006 (with numerous survey results and references)

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