What a young journalist should know
Our Journalism Department Advisory Council members came to campus for their once-a-semester visit this week. After a carb-loaded Southern breakfast, they (the council members, most of whom are editors at large newspapers and magazines) and we (the faculty) discussed what they want to see most when they look at our students’ résumés and application materials.
- Half a dozen or so good clips (of course).
- Evidence of two or three internships (no surprise there).
- Evidence of multimedia ability.
Wow!! I could hardly believe my ears. Let me note before I write more that these were NOT the online editors of the newspapers and magazines (with one exception). They are metro editors, managing editors and photo editors from organizations including The Miami Herald, The Memphis Commercial Appeal and The Orlando Sentinel.
So it turns out that seemingly everyone everywhere has (finally) gotten religion. I spent five years in my current job (1999-2004) listening to people exactly like those in this group tell me and other educators, “Just teach them to be good reporters. They need to learn the basics. We can teach them HTML and the software.”
This is a new tune, and I’m singing with the choir.
Our advisory council members told us they now would like “at least some HTML,” as well as demonstrated ability to work with photography, audio, video and Flash. The strong message was that in any stack of résumés for a journalism job today, at least SOME of those résumés WILL have those “extras.”
All the applicants who lack them are at a disadvantage.
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