Career Advice For Aspiring Journalism Students

Written by Faizan Patankar

Mark Simon help’s oversee @espnstatsinfo blog/twitter. He has some excellent career advice for aspiring journalism students.

In a tweet put out on 10th of June, Mark shares the following career advice for aspiring journalism students.

Career advice for aspiring journalism students.

1. Learn to write

Take classes. Learn feature writing, beat reporting (not just sports – police/courtroom beats), financial writing, science writing and even creative writing. It will all come in handy.

Career Advice For Aspiring #Journalism Students. #1 Learn to write. Take classes, learn feature writing. Click To Tweet

2. Get a well-rounded education

Take intro to whatever interests you- history, economics, political science, the law, computer science. If your Phys-Ed department offers coaching 101, consider taking it. You want to be well-rounded in your knowledge so that you’re not scared by anything that comes up when you write about sports.

3. Study a foreign language

Being bilingual will only help you. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.

Studying a foreign language is beneficial in all aspects of life and is sound career advice not just for aspiring journalism students but to all students!

4. Learn by doing

If you’re in high school or college, get involved in student media or try to work in the sports information office.

Write for your school paper, a community newspaper (internship), the yearbook tv station or radio station. If none of those are options, start a blog on whatever interests you and whatever you’re passionate about. Show that you can communicate effectively to a readership about something in which you have an expertise.

Ask your friends and family what they think. Start a Twitter and ask your friends to share your work with their friends. Your readership will exponentially increase and if you stick around long enough and write intelligent, your voice will become familiar.

5. Be nice to people

You get what you give. Most media members will gladly engage with civil social-media followers when they have the time, particularly if asked a smart question. If you like what someone wrote, tell them. Be sincere. it won’t hurt. And you’ll be remembered.

If you’re nasty (some might call you “a troll”), that’s going to be remembered too. And not in a good way.

Be nice to people. You get what you give. Career advice for aspiring journalism students. Click To Tweet

This is great career advice for aspiring journalism students. Thanks Mark!

Follow Mark Simon on Twitter (@msimonespn).

About the author

Faizan Patankar

I started Career Geek Blog in 2011 to share my experience in job-hunting. I now focus on careers industry and blogging is just a tool to share that info. Love hacking careers. During the day I focus on my hobby - Engineering.