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Journalist Hopeful Looking For Advice

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by gobucs12, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. gobucs12

    gobucs12 New Member

    First time poster here. I'm a junior in high school, and I really want to be a sports journalist. I really like writing and I love sports so I think it would be a great career. I've been writing for my school's paper for 3 years now, and I'm starting to look at schools. I was thinking of Syracuse, Ohio U, and Duquesne as my top 3. Anyone here attend any of these schools? Which would you think would be best for getting into the sports journalism field?

  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    One question, are you for real? If you are, try the search function because the hounds will be released soon. I won't pile any more on, since it will be coming.
  3. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    I'm not sure it matters all that much which school you chose, so long as you get the opportunity to do hands-on stuff. Writing for a school paper, web site, working in the SID office are all good ways to gain experience before graduation.

    There will be some here who will tell you that journalism is dying. Newspapers may (or may not) be dying, but there will always be a need for good journalists: people who can research, interview, write and edit copy.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    do you read this site? i mean really, you found the appropriate board in which to post this message, but you've never actually read journalism topics only?

    you are not for real.
  5. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    but is he PhoReal?
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Syracuse or Duquesne? Does your dad work for one of the banks that have bailed out? I'd start looking at some good juco's in your neighborhood? Or that school that Sally Struthers shilled for.
  7. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    Wow. Four replies and no one's told him to go be an accountant instead.

    Just go to the best school you can (though, if you're serious about this and all else is equal, go to the school with the daily student paper).
    Once you get there, read all sorts of things. Take every chance you get to write, ideally on deadline. Study writing and study something else, like economics or government. Learn to do multimedia. And catch some breaks.
  8. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I'm sick of explaining to newbies why they shouldn't get into the business.

    Just don't do it. Don't do it unless you want to be poor all your life and hate your job.
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Or unless you want to be poor all your life, enjoy your job and then have a bean-counter's decision turn your guts into jelly. After that you will be poor and miserable, working with people you dislike and writing things that make your wish someone had told you to go into accounting.

    Go into accounting, lad.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    My journalistic life can be pretty well summed up by Cosmo Brown in "Singin' In The Rain"

    Now look at me: I've got no fame, I've got no glory, I've got no big mansions, I've got no money! But I've got - what have I got?

    Honestly, this profession can be very fulfilling. But it can be very rough as well, and there'll be a lot of bums and bruises along the way.
  11. CM Punk

    CM Punk Guest

    This is a place of despair, heartache and angst. Take your youthful optimism elsewhere. But first, wash my truck.
  12. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

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