Internal Journalism Panel
DATE: November 14, 2017
SUBJECT: Internal Journalism Panel | Presented by The International Relations Insider
Aspiring journalists will face a lot of struggles in the beginning of their careers, from working long, grueling hours to managing all of the grunt work. However, if you keep persisting and working hard, it will all pay off.
Learning the analytics of social media is important as our world is converting to a digital-based culture.
When faced with difficult interview questions, answer with specifics from your past experiences and highlight your skills. Interviewers are not looking to trick you; they just want to learn more about you and how you work.
Create and continuously expand network of connections as you never know when someone may be able to help you. At networking events, never be afraid to ask for what may seem like outrageous requests. The worst someone can say is no!
For underclassmen looking to get a jumpstart, begin writing for any publication you can find. Become a staff writer for the university's newspaper or the local newspaper and begin creating your portfolio now.
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Kimmel Center, Room 406
Adrienne Vogt, Social Media Editor, NBC
Kalhan Rosenblatt, News Reporter, NBC
Chelsea Bailey, News Reporter and Social Media Editor, NBC
Katherine Stein, NBC News Digital Video Intern, founder of startup company MakeSense
Christine Park, intern at CBS
Angelina Xu, staff writer, Newsweek
Five established journalists shared with the IR Insider their personal journeys on how they achieved their success today. Each panelist emphasized the importance of persistence and of a good work ethic in the journalism field.
They all highlighted the power of a strong social media presence. Both Vogt and Bailey attested to the fact that social media is the next platform for news and media. Bailey stated that she “initially undervalued social media and the immediacy of Twitter and Facebook” and that there is “a lot of news value to be assigned to the power of social media.” The moment an event unfolds, a reporter is on their iPhone or iPad writing a tweet or Facebook post about it. Learning the analytics of social media is a helpful skill to have.
Additionally, Xu suggested creating a professional Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account to show at interviews and to employers. When asked how to handle job interviews, the panelists suggested talking about specific past experiences and highlighting your best skills and features.
Stein also stressed the importance of networking. At events, you can mingle with heads of companies and well-known figures who can act as good resources in the future. At these functions, do not be afraid to talk to important people and ask them for, as Stein puts it, “crazy” requests. The worst they can say is no. Stein followed her own advice and was able to interview the former president of Ghana, John Kufuor!
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced in your journalism career?
A: Rosenblatt’s biggest challenge was working in a news organization that she did not particularly enjoy writing for. However, she went on to explain that all jobs require some form of grunt work in the beginning and to not let that discourage you. She said that to make it in this field, one must have persistence and keep their “eye on the prize.”
A: Vogt had trouble adapting to her work environment. She had to work long, strenuous hours that she described as “hell.” However she too reiterated that the journalism field requires persistence and ambition. To ease this transition, she suggested making friends with your co-workers. They are working right alongside of you and understand what you are going through, and it is nice to have someone to fall back on when times get tough.
Q: What do you suggest doing as a freshman or underclassman?
A: Stein suggested to start a blog or begin freelancing. Anyone can submit to the newspaper, and the more articles you can add to your portfolio, the better. Begin writing and putting your name out there.
A: Rosenblatt recommended writing for a local newspaper. She emphasized the importance of local news and the impact that it has on people. You can experience what it is like to be an active reporter and journalist, and practice your writing!
Report by: Pooja Nayyar, Event Reporter. Editor: Chao Wang.