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How to keep moving forward

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by NotMikeLupica, May 25, 2016.

  1. NotMikeLupica

    NotMikeLupica New Member

    Short story. I graduated college on Saturday, interviewed for a weekly newspaper reporter position on Monday, and got the job today. I'm totally satisfied with the job, because now I have my foot in the door. The salary is very low--obviously, but it's still a job in journalism.

    I know I am lucky to have this job, but I have one question: What can I do inside and outside of work to stand out to bigger outlets? I don't want to be here my entire life; some people here have been working in the same office for 25 years. I don't want that to be me.

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Maybe be more like Mike Lupica?
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  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Don't take this the wrong way, but Jesus Christ, You just started. Hit the ground running at your very first gig and worry about right now for a while.

    Run through some walls for your readers. And have some fun.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Seriously, don't be in such a hurry to move on that you neglect this job. Give yourself time to learn to do the job well. Work hard on the reporting part. Don't try to just dazzle with your writing.

    Always be looking for great stories, news or projects. Don't settle for game stories, advances and features.

    Work hard ar networking. Introduce yourself to other reporters and pick their brains. Find a mentor if you can.

    If you can, go to APSE meetings, seminars and such and get your name out there.
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  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I was SE at a weekly. It's difficult because you have to learn how to manage and balance your time to cover enough things, and write about them, while leaving enough time to build your section, if you're responsible for that as well. I did it for 4 years. Took me about a year to figure it out. And listen to Ace.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Also, careful how you react to assholes on social media. There will be a lot.
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  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Think twice before you hit send.

    It could save your career.
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  8. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, there really isn't a path of rising up the ranks anymore, especially from a weekly. Work hard and you can move to a small daily, and then maybe a mid-sized daily.

    As for standing out, you need to go beyond gamers and features. What stories aren't being told?
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You just described a path that you said doesn't exist.
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  10. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    @ me next time, Ace.
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  11. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Read 10 words for every one you write.
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  12. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    I described a path forward, but it's not much. Working at some suburban daily for $30K isn't much of a step up. I don't believe the OP's dream job is working at a suburban daily for peanuts, but unfortunately, that's the "big" outlet he/she could likely end up at.
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