A YOUNG, RECENT college grad/ former journalist posted a guide to succeeding in journalism on the Innovation in College Media website. It is full of great advice.
This is my favorite:
With Google and Wikipedia you no longer have any excuse to be stupid. Ever. Have a question or curious about something? Type it into Google.
Don’t know HTML, how to install blogging software or shoot and edit video? Too bad, you’re out of excuses because you have the Internet. Take the initiative to learn these yourself. Add value to your skillset and make yourself more marketable to an employer.
Your college education isn’t the reason why you don’t know new media — you are. Saying, “I’m really bad with computers” won’t make people pity you and hand you a job. In a competitive job market, there are no more free rides.
No one’s saying you have to be the expert, but ignorance isn’t tolerable. Spend your free time online learning something new and stop wasting time with Scrabulous on Facebook The-New-Faces-at-Facebook ! And once you learn these new things, take it a step further and think, “How can I use this to be a better journalist and tell better stories for the consumer?”
The photo above comes from the Aperture Photo Agency, a product of Temple University photojournalism students.
10 months ago