Your day starts with a 9am meeting where everyone discusses what stories you'll be pursuing that day. You're expected to provide an update around 3 or 4pm with how many inches of copy you expect your story to be, a summary of it, and if it includes photos. During the day you're essentially given free reign to pursue the story however you choose, i.e. to go out and interview sources, make phone calls etc. Depending on your beat there may be a decent amount of late night meetings to cover, in which case you can either come in later or take an extended mid-day break.