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Distinguish from co-respondent.
ARD-correspondent Richard C. Schneider during the opening of the Green Line in Nicosia

A correspondent or on-the-scene reporter is a journalist or commentator for magazines, or more speaking, an agent who contributes reports to a newspaper, or radio or television news, or another type of company, from a remote, often distant, location. A foreign correspondent is stationed in a foreign country. The term correspondent refers to the original practice of filing news reports via postal letter. The largest networks of correspondents belong to ARD (Germany) and BBC (UK).


  • Reporter vs. correspondent 1
  • Common types of correspondent 2
    • Capital correspondent 2.1
    • Pre-contracted BA correspondent 2.2
      • Red carpet correspondent 2.2.1
    • Foreign correspondent 2.3
      • War correspondent 2.3.1
      • Foreign bureau 2.3.2
  • On-the-scene TV news 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Reporter vs. correspondent

A correspondent generally includes some of his/her own perspective on the news. For example, a correspondent is expected to provide considerable context to the events being chronicled. A reporter, on the other hand, offers largely fact-based reporting.

In Britain the term 'correspondent' usually refers to someone with a specific specialist area, such as health correspondent. A 'reporter' is usually someone without such expertise who is allocated stories by the newsdesk on any story in the news.

Common types of correspondent

Capital correspondent

A capitol correspondent is a correspondent who reports from headquarters of government.

Pre-contracted BA correspondent

Red carpet correspondent

A red carpet correspondent is an entertainment reporter who is selected to report from the red carpet of an entertainment or media event, such as a premiere, award ceremony or festival.

Foreign correspondent

A foreign correspondent is any individual who reports from primarily foreign locations.

War correspondent

A war correspondent is a foreign correspondent who covers stories first-hand from a war zone.

Foreign bureau

A foreign bureau is a news bureau set up to support a news gathering operation in a foreign country.

On-the-scene TV news

Press TV correspondent during a demonstration in Madrid.

In TV news, a "live on-the-scene" reporter reports from the field during a "live shot". This has become an extremely popular format with the advent of Eyewitness News.

A recent cost-saving measure is for local TV news to dispense with out-of-town reporters and replace them with syndicated correspondents, usually supplied by a centralized news reporting agency. The producers of the show schedule time with the correspondent, who then appears "live" to file a report and chat with the hosts. The reporter will go and do a number of similar reports for other stations. Many viewers may be unaware that the reporter does not work directly for the news show.[1] This is also a popular way to report the weather. For example, AccuWeather doesn't just supply data, they also supply on-air meteorologists from television studios at their headquarters. [2][3]

See also


  1. ^ [2] Archived April 26, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The changing employment scene for meteorology: How universities are adapting". Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Weather Video". 1980-01-01. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 

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