Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The following are the basic qualities of a reporter or rather a good reporter: Credibility is something that every good reporter should have. In other words, a Reporter must exhibit characters and behaviors that make him or her to be believed and trusted by people. A good reporter should be courageous and confident. Without courage and Confidence it is difficult for a person to be a good reporter. Timidity on the prt of any reporter will get them nowhere. Curiosity is another very important quality of any good reporter. There is the need to be curious all the time. The spirit of curiosity helps the reporter get good stories. A journalist should have a healthy scepticism. This means checking and rechecking information which is very important because every story is based on facts and evidence. A reporter should be able to work fast and enthusiastically on any given story. News writing especially has a lot to do with deadlines. This therefore means that a good reporter should be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. If you can’t soak the pressure then it is going to be hard to work as a reporter. A good reporter should be able to gather facts in a very careful and accurate way. Reporters should be able to write well. By writing very well I mean writing clear and well-focused stories that is easy to understand by everyone. Good spellings, punctuations and grammar are also requirements. Reporters should be able to write very good leads for their news stories and features. A good reporter should have the habit of self-editing their copy before submitting it to their editors. There is the need to have wide knowledge on different issues. A good reporter should have an eye for what is newsworthy and should be able to produce new stories without being told. Another very important skill a good reporter should have is the skill of producing stories that are fair and balanced. A good reporter should be skilled at taking notes. A good reporter must be able to analyze and interpret information. Must be good at asking the right questions at the right time. The work of news gathering is quite an unpredictable one. One might never know when news will break or where it will happen. It is for this reason that a reporter should be able and willing to work at irregular hours. A reporter should be a good team player and be capable of working with other reporters, photographers and even editors. A good reporter should be able to take corrections and criticisms in the course.