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What gem of wisdom would you pass along to a hopeful journalist/writer?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Thumper0, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Thumper0

    Thumper0 New Member

    I just got this query from Profnet and just couldn't resist posting it on this site to see what wonderful, pithy sayings would spring from this website's collection of inspired genius.

    "Call for contributions to a textbook, "Tap Your Passion: The Art and Heart of Reporting and Writing."
    I am targeting this call specifically to those who have worked as journalists, or in related fields, or who teach journalism/communications at the college or grad-school level. Here is what I need: If you met an aspiring journalist/writer in a hallway and had a minute to give them your best gem of advice, serious or witty, a Golden Rule or a pitfall to avoid, what would it be?"

    The submissions are supposed to be a couple of sentences long, if that.

    Release the hounds ...

    (I'm not the writer of the textbook, just to be clear.)
  2. Make your internships count.
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Change majors.
  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Try to land at a Gannett paper. ;D :D
  5. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    You can't be a good writer unless you are an even better reader.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Run, don't walk when you go to the registrar to do so.
  7. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Are we disillusioned?
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Run. Run. Run. Run. Run.

    Sorry if those each count as a separate sentence. But two of them didn't tell the importance.
  9. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Serious question: when do journalism professor buyouts begin?
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Change your major now. Thank me later.
  11. Mediator

    Mediator Member

    Thumper, Are you just trying to goad an industry in freefall? To see how cynical seeing colleagues and friends get sent out the door after decades in the business with a buyout that could get them a used car?

    Are you posing a similar question over at Subprimemortgagebrokers.com?
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Too late: that web server crashed months ago.
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