For those of us that remember the line from the SNL, John Belushi restaurant scene, " I got 1 job, 2 job,3 job", it was pretty funny at that time. It's now a reality for most people no matter what industry you choose to enter.
As a photographer in today News rooms, it's become pretty much mandatory. Especially, if you plan on being one of the elite. There was a time, well, let me put it this way, I remember a time when every aspect of News gathering was specific to one person. There was a sound man, editor, producer, and in extreme situations, a driver, as part of the News gathering team. There are sound technicians still being used but those are rare and mostly in productions shoots.
Assignment desks, and especially reporters, rely greatly on the multiple skills the photographer brings to the table. There are many situations where the photographer is the only one on scene and it's on those occasions that the seasoned photographer jumps into action to record the event, in full, as its happening. Many times they have to be creative and think on their feet. One instance comes to mind where a photographer was assigned to a recent wild fire here in Southern California. He saw a family on the roof of their house anxiously protecting it from the flames with a garden hose. He quickly handed them a wireless mike and wireless communication pack, that allowed them to talk to the anchors back at the station, and readied them to go live as he pointed his camera at the roof from his live van. That made for a terrific live segment during our extended live coverage.
Those extra efforts are what distinguish the good photographers from the GREAT photographers. Being good at your job is expected. Being great at many things that involve your chosen craft is AWSOME !