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Old hack seeks new advice

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Chest Rockwell, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Chest Rockwell

    Chest Rockwell New Member

    It's been almost 15 years since I applied for a job in the biz. Was hoping for some free tips about how to introduce myself to editors as opposed to applying for a specific job.

    * 6-8 clips still industry standard?
    * What about the ratio -- breaking news to feature to enterprise?
    * Is a 10-year-old story as valuable as something from last summer?
    * Do editors still prefer cut-and-paste clips? Would library or Nexis printouts suffice? Or should I just email cover letter, resume and clips?
    * Same standards for websites as print organizations?

    Elementary questions I know but 1996 feels like the Mesopotamia in this business
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    6-8 is fine
    Enterprise best, good feature and breaking news. A good gamer wouldn't hurt.
    10-year-old story is fine (alonside a more recent clip)
    No need to cut and paste
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