Inspired by a recent conversation I had with an aspiring journalist, I wanted to jot down the following tips for anyone interested in becoming a freelance writer or journalist. 1. WRITE EVERY DAY!!! The best advice I ever received from a college professor was to write at least one page of a journal entry every single… Continue reading 5 Tips on How to Become a Freelance Writer
Top 5 Tweets from Poynter’s #TruthTrust Event
If I could summarize the Poynter Institute “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s role in telling the story of violence in Chicago” panel discussion / talkback Thursday night in a phrase, I would say I learned that “Optimism & Positivity are Journalism’s Future & Democracy’s Hope.” The night opened on this note with… Continue reading Top 5 Tweets from Poynter’s #TruthTrust Event
Wheaton College’s Journalism Certificate Program: #kindofabigdeal
This is a spontaneous blog post to brag shamelessly about how amazing Wheaton College’s journalism certificate program students are. Professor Tim Morgan and I just wrapped up another round of end-of-semester conferences with our students, and I’m so happy I could cry. Over the past 15 months, not only have our journalism students written hundreds… Continue reading Wheaton College’s Journalism Certificate Program: #kindofabigdeal
From Wheaton College to TIME Magazine: Elizabeth Dias’ Advice to Aspiring Journalists
“All journalists are insecure overachievers-learn how to make mistakes and own them. Your mistakes don’t define you.” This was one of many memorable phrases shared by TIME Magazine reporter Elizabeth Dias at Wheaton College’s Homecoming weekend 2013. The weekend marked her fifth year college reunion, and she came to campus as a guest of the… Continue reading From Wheaton College to TIME Magazine: Elizabeth Dias’ Advice to Aspiring Journalists
In Today’s News: Breaking Bad, Sexting, Government Shutdown, and more
The news is pretty depressing. “If it bleeds, it leads,” my Medill journalism school professors used to say–almost daily. I’ve managed to stay far, far, away from the crime beats in the newsroom, but that doesn’t change the fact that life (at least, according to newspaper headlines), sucks most of the time. Today’s headlines are… Continue reading In Today’s News: Breaking Bad, Sexting, Government Shutdown, and more
How Do We Save Journalism?: The Millennial Miracle Part 2
How do we save journalism? I started to answer this question in Saturday’s post with the promise I would continue to feature profiles of Millennial journalists I’ve gotten to know this year while helping out with the Journalism Certificate at Wheaton College. I believe 20something college students and recent grads are the hope and the… Continue reading How Do We Save Journalism?: The Millennial Miracle Part 2
How Do We Save Journalism?
With the way the journalistic economy is trending right now (downward spiral), it would be a miracle to think all print publications will survive worldwide. As stated in this Guardian article, “Losing money is not a business model. It is a going-out-of-business model.” The Washington Examiner will cease daily publication in June, and every time… Continue reading How Do We Save Journalism?