International reporting• Some big news channel can afford to have their owncorrespondents stationed in the big cities of the world.•These foreign correspondents regularly send reports totheir organization.•Sometimes, special correspondents are also sent tocover special events like a royal coronation, generalelection in a foreign country, or some international tradefair or exhibition.send their reporters from time to timeto cover important events.
International reporting• The foreign reporter is faced with the problem of the time factor. Generally, there is a time difference between his home country and the country where he is stationed.• A foreign reporter must try to know the time difference between his country and the country where he is stationed.• For example, the Indian time is 5-1/2 hours ahead of the London time.
International reporting• A foreign correspondent should be a good observer of things, especially when she/he is covering some crisis, war or insurgency. Sometimes, press reporters who do not have any rivalry, join hands together to exchange whatever information they can get.• A foreign correspondent should also be a good judge of things and men. People might tell him very dramatic stories, but he should assess all the information with his common sense, so that he is neither taken in by the official propaganda nor by the exaggerated unofficial reports.
International reporting• Knowledge of foreign languages comes as an added advantage for a foreign correspondent.
A foreign correspondent, should alsokeep the following points in mind -• He must have a valid passport with him.• Some countries require a visitor to obtain a visa before entry.• He must get himself properly vaccinated before leaving his country. Generally countries require a valid vaccination certificate for typhoid and small pox. For tropical countries yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are also necessary.
A foreign correspondent, should alsokeep the following points in mind -• You should carry your cheque book, personal insurance policy, camera and a watch, a few clothes, portable typewriter , shaving box, your first-aid kit, towel etc.• You must keep in touch with your home office by telephone, internet etc.