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Journalism, Just starting out, Any advice?

Hey Guys, I am new here, I thought this would be a good forum to join as there are many professionals on here from the communication s field.

I am currently studying journalism at university, and at the moment am reporting for a local radio station, writing music reviews and features for two other publications. You could say i am just “starting out”.

What I wondering is, since many of you guys on here are experienced journos, is there words of advice or tips newbies like me should know?



by Joe Wilson at 2014-05-04 16:12:52 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Get a degree in something useful so you can have a back-up plan.

by James Colburn | 05 May 2014 15:05 | Omaha, Nebraska, United States | | Report spam→
I have a few back up plan ideas, :P

by Joe Wilson | 05 May 2014 15:05 | Perth, Australia | | Report spam→
Joe——There is a ton of information here through out what could possibly several thousand posts——it’s unlikely you will get any real answers because it’s a pretty wide question. I’d suggest you go through the posts one by one and see what there is. I’d caution you to just start from today as the search function does not work so well or at the very least it won’t be complete—-the last one I can remember that had any weight to it:


You could start there——in the aftermath of reading all the posts, fine tune your questions and you are much more likely to get an answer.

Good Luck,


by David Bro | 06 May 2014 04:05 | Orange County, United States | | Report spam→
Hello Joe,

I would recommend you to read the following post (even though it is from 2007 I still keep it on my bookmarks).


This other post it is also interesting:


“Remember…you are only as good as your last picture.” By Chip Simons is the most honest and one of the best advices I have ever heard.

by Ion Etxebarria | 06 May 2014 13:05 | Montréal, Christmas Island | | Report spam→
I have 25+ years in photojournalism, during which I achieved a modicum of success. The current (and future) market dictates that you 1) have a rich uncle to support you OR 2) have a day job or 3)see a psychiatrist
If you decide to proceed with your dream/fantasy, please contact me regarding the bridge in Brooklyn that I could sell you

by Richard Lord | 08 May 2014 08:05 | Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya | | Report spam→
I am aware of the current job prospects, plus I don’t even want to be a photojournalist. I am sorry if my post somehow annoyed you…it may have sounded a bit too daydreamy.

I know I probably won’t be a journalist, let alone get a cadetship. But a bit of work exp never hurt anyone :P. Besides it’s community radio, the government are cutting their funding, they need all the free labour they can get!

But thanks for the advice, I already know my career prospects are doomed. I don’t mind it as a unpaid hobby on the side.

by Joe Wilson | 08 May 2014 12:05 | Perth, Australia | | Report spam→
The trick, Joe, is figuring out whose advice to take.

by Barry Milyovsky | 08 May 2014 21:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
You’re mad. Nevertheless, watch “Vice” among other such things. There are venues for stories out there. It’s just a matter of figuring out how not to starve, while keeping your hardware up to date. If that works for you, go for it.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 09 May 2014 05:05 | Jersey City, United States | | Report spam→
Vice is a very interesting publication. I regularly do peruse over their content. Saw on the news today a major newspaper company in Australia sacked 80 journos. Maybe I’ll just do public relations lol.

by Joe Wilson | 09 May 2014 07:05 | Perth, Australia | | Report spam→
Staff work is likely to grow ever harder to get, though that’s been happening for years. Journalism is really just telling stories. Look around at those who are succeeding, and study how they do it. Look closely at popular magazines and web venues and try to understand how they attract the public’s interest. Learn how pitch projects to them, and find ways to use your skills to pay the rent when you need to. I’ve been trying to put together a project on SE Asian history, but my last paying gig was a black and white, large format (4×5 inch) film retro style group shot for a fashion industry association. Will that get my Asian project made? No. But at least I don’t have to get a “real” job. Good luck.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 09 May 2014 12:05 | Jersey City, United States | | Report spam→
And be sure to get good boots to wear…and a scarf. You’re nothing if you don’t have a scarf!

by Neal Jackson | 09 May 2014 22:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
New startup has a way to get paid in bitcoin, collaborative freeform multimedia journalism: http://www.vettage.com/vettage give it a whirl

by Shannon L. Frady | 13 May 2014 05:05 (ed. May 13 2014) | Phoenix, AZ, United States | | Report spam→

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