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Foreign correspondents are journalists who work overseas creating news reports and special interest stories for publication in their home countries media. This is a career which obviously involves a large amount of travel and independent work; professionals in this field need to be skilled journalists with dedication who can use their initiative to develop contacts and sources and conduct investigative research in a foreign country.
Foreign correspondent roles are highly sought after and extremely competitive. As well as holding a relevant undergraduate degree, fluency in at lease two languages in usually necessary as is extensive journalistic experience and often a post-graduate qualification. Employment opportunities exist with newspapers, television stations and other types of news media as well as with specialist news agencies, though some foreign correspondents also work freelance selling their work to a variety of different outlets. Specialised expertise in a certain geographical region, political movement, religion or world issue may also influence job opportunities.