We asked conference-goers what advice they would give to new journalists entering the industry. Click on their photo to read what they said.
Joe Whyte, Digital Media Analyst - Marketwiredhttp://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/joe.jpg
"I feel like there’s a lot of free tools out there for journalists starting out. I feel like there’s a lot of new companies out there that are really trying to help out journalists. It’s just kind of doing that research and figuring out what companies work for you and what tools work for you and putting it together."
Kristen Boghosian, Greg Linch and Jon Wilehttp://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/kristen-boghosian.jpg
Kristen Boghosian Editor, Producer & Special Projects, Content - NASCAR; Greg Linch Local Data Editor - The Washington Post; and Jon Wile Creative Director - American City Business Journals "I guess I would say just take advantage of everybody you know. It really benefits you to have a mentor and have somebody to help you along. Because it can be intimidating to be surrounded by all these amazing journalists all the time. If you don’t stop to realize that they’re always willing to help, then you don’t get to take advantage of all the knowledge around you." -Boghosian "Try to meet as many people you can across the board of journalism and outside of journalism. I think one of the things that’s easy to do is get so head down into our field that it’s really valuable to look up and look around in other fields." -Linch "Keep an open mind because the industry is rapidly changing and what you think you are going into is probably not where you’re going to end up in five years, much less two years or so. Be comfortable with change… Focus on the content, not the technology. Because at the end of the day it’s all about content and storytelling." -Wile
Carlos Virgen, Digital news director - The Day Publishing Co.http://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/carlos.jpg
"Be open-minded and willing to learn and willing to try anything and everything and be willing to fail and keep going."
Jennifer Mizgata, Senior Communications Manager - Online News Associationhttp://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/jennifer.jpg
"I think people should not be afraid to try and do things outside of the scope of what people expect from them. So if you’re working on one beat or in one industry, don’t be afraid to decide your passion is somewhere else and just run with it. I think when people are most passionate it comes through. Before I started working for ONA, I worked for a humanitarian organization and was really passionate about that and all my skills translate and now I found the place I love to be in another great community. But at first I was kind of intimated because I didn’t go to J-school, I don’t even work with journalists so I don’t know these big-time players that we work with, but I think if you’re passionate about what you’re doing and you put in the effort then you can do anything."
Heather Billings, News Applications Developer - The Chicago Tribunehttp://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/heather.jpg
"I think one of the important skills you can pick up as a new journalists is to make sure you know how to learn. If you don’t know how to learn, you’re going to be really lost in an industry that changes so fast. I’m mostly self-taught. Everything I do on a daily basis is stuff I’ve either picked up on my own or I’ve been really lucky and had really good mentors in my life that have taught me how to do these things. But if you don’t know how to learn... then you end up being a little bit lost."
Derek Lieu, Developer - Development Seedhttp://newsroom14.journalists.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/sites/4/slideshow-gallery/derek-lieu.jpg
"They should go somewhere where they are able to do things like learn how to code, and be able to develop web applications that will help them to become more tech savvy."