Category: 13. Getting Ready for the Real World

Data and graphics create a new kind of journalist

Take clean and accurate data, strong visualization and excellent writing and you get some of the most powerful reporting available right now. Sarah Frostenson has the job title of graphics editor at Politico, but she’s really a new breed of…

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Infographic resumes for journalists

Competition for reporting jobs, especially in TV news, can be quite stiff.  Candidates are often encouraged to make themselves stand out and, in some cases, an infographic resume may help. Professor Chandra Clark has been helping journalism grads find jobs…

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Downsides to working as an MMJ

Ask a few TV reporters what it’s like working as an MMJ and you might get very different stories. We recently shared advice from KGTV’s Joe Little and KARE’s Heidi Wigdahl, both of whom have embraced careers as solo journalists.…

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Mixed news on TV salaries

Pay is up again in TV newsrooms. The annual RTDNA survey finds average salaries increased by 4 percent in 2016, almost twice the rate of inflation. But as usual, some job categories benefited more than others. Five job titles made…

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Remember the reader

Mick Cote, Canadian Press

When you produce a story, are you thinking of how people are going to consume it? Mick Côté, digital news editor at The Canadian Press, says that in most newsrooms the answer is typically, “No.” And that’s a shame. “We’re so…

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How journalists can play the social media game

If you don’t have time for social media, you don’t have time for your customers. So says Chip Mahaney, a recruiter for E.W. Scripps, who offers suggestions for journalists trying to expand their social footprints. “Be social, not awkward. It’s not…

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Small markets, big dreams

Every journalism student hears the same advice: Plan to start small, and work your way up. But what does it really mean to “start small?” Will your first job in TV news be easy? Glamorous? Lucrative? Not likely. You’ll work…

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