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Journalism students: How to get a job…someday…maybe

Posted in education, high school, job market, journalism by adambsullivan on October 22, 2009
By Adam B Sullivan

I am delivering a lecture to high school journalism students next week titled “How to get a job…someday…maybe.” In preparation, I solicited tips via facebook and twitter. People mostly said something like “give up on journalism.” But there were also some very useful responses. Here are some of my favorites:

• “Look at skills to develop, rather than careers you want to enter.” — Justin Sugg, Daily Iowan editorial writer

• “Blog. Learn a Web craft. Become an expert at one thing analog and one thing digital.” — Ryan Sholin, Director of News Innovation at Publish2

• “I’d encourage students be open, social & entrepreneurial. May not get journalism jobs, but will be employable.” — Patrick Thornton, editor of beatblogging.org

• “My advice to journalism students: Elevate your career: http://bit.ly/3N5nKn Build your digital profile: http://bit.ly/ApePG.” — Steve Buttry, Gazette Communications innovation coach

• “Maintain connections with professors/teachers for advice and recommendations, stay connected in general (facebook, twitter, blogging, etc), apply to anything and everything you’re remotely qualified for even if you think it’s above or beneath you, and take a diverse range of classes in school so you’re experienced in different newsroom positions. Oh, and pick a school (like the UI) with a solid student-run paper…Oh, and some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten: It’s your first job, not your last job. it’s amazing how easy it is to forget that.” — Maggie Voss, Daily Iowan/UI alum, graphic designer

• “Learn how communication works online (it’s social); experiment and take risks; become a good writer.” — Nick Bergus, UI multimedia instructor, media blogger

• “Gain experience across the board — print, online, video, design, photo.” — Jason Brummond, former Daily Iowan editor-in-chief

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  1. Bill Doskoch said, on October 23, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Many good suggestions so far.To those, I would suggest people cultivate a good journalistic mind. By that, I mean curious, open, skeptical and creative. I also mean a sense of what news is, how best to tell the story and how to keep one's ethical compass aligned in the process.

  2. meberg said, on January 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Good article Adam. I just had an interview yesterday at KFAN sports radio in the Twin Citites and they had a lot of the same things to say.

    Hope the presentation went well.


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