Do You Have What it Takes to be a Journalist?

Journalism is a competitive, cutthroat, and formidable field for print and broadcast students alike to work their way into.

There is a wealth of resources out there with tips and tricks of the trade to help get your name out. One I found that really stood out is a blog entry posted by Greg Linch, a former Poynter Young Journalist Fellow,  entitled “Top ten list of tips for journalism students.”

Of the ten, I found numbers six and ten most important. The sixth point says you should have experience in the field. Some things you could do include joining campus media, such as the school newspaper, as well as looking for off-campus opportunities.

Broadcast journalism students work at an internship abroad in Ghana

“Recruiters are not going to select you for internships without some kind of previous experience in that field, and you need internships (note the plural) to get a job,” Linch says.

Number ten says a journalist should be able to evolve and have an open mind.

“Above all, you must be able to adapt to the changing world of journalism,” Linch says.

This is especially important nowadays due to the increasing methods of delivering information and how audiences consume media.

I think the points Linch highlights are key to the success of journalism students. If they are followed, fruition, fortune and fame will too.

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