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Dictionary Definition

correspondent adj : similar or correspondent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar; "brains and computers are often considered analogous"; "surimi is marketed as analogous to crabmeat" [syn: analogous]


1 someone who communicates by means of letters [syn: letter writer]
2 a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media [syn: newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, pressman]

User Contributed Dictionary



From correspondere


  • (UK) /ˌkɒɹɛˈspɒndənt/, /%kQrE"spQnd@nt/
  • (US) /ˌkɔːɹɛˈspɑːndənt/, /%kO:rE"spA:nd@nt/


  1. corresponding


  1. someone who or something which corresponds

See also


  • Webster 1913}}



Extensive Definition

A correspondent or on-the-scene reporter is a journalist or commentator who contributes reports to a newspaper, or radio or television news, 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.

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.

War correspondent

A war correspondent covers stories first-hand from a war zone. It is perhaps the most dangerous form of journalism.

Foreign bureau

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

On-the-scene TV news

In TV news, a "live on-the-scene" reporter reports from the field during a "live shot". This became 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 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. 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.
correspondent in German: Korrespondent
correspondent in Esperanto: Korespondisto
correspondent in Hebrew: כתב שטח
correspondent in Dutch: Correspondent
correspondent in Norwegian: Korrespondent
correspondent in Simple English: Correspondent
correspondent in Swedish: Korrespondent

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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