Tips for Becoming a Successful Journalist

In today’s society becoming a journalists can be very hard. Trying to figure out what you want and how to get it can be a difficult task all on your own. Getting advice from a successful journalists was extremely helpful for one high school student. Jenna Goudreau gives us 10 great tips for becoming a journalists, there are the 5 I found most important.


1. Education
To become a journalists you don’t always have to major in journalism although it is very helpful. Goudreau gives the advice that if you want to become a journalists you should double major in something that is completely different from journalism. Doing this will make you different from the others and give you diversity. “At the end of the day, you need to be able to talk to people, see trends, organize your research and communicate it in an engaging way.” I feel that this quote should be read by all the aspiring journalists because knowing how to do these things will make you very successful.
2. Competition
Being a journalists is a competition career. Not only getting the job is competitive but keeping it as well. Having good relationships is a must in this field.
3. Relationships
Goudreau states that she wishes she would have made stronger relationships not only with peers but also mentors and colleagues. Even if they no longer are in your company, maintaining those relationships can be helpful in case a job opportunity opens up.
4. Timing
Starting a career as a journalists early can be a lot easier to be successful than making a career switch half way through your life. Everyone has to start at the bottom so finding an internship is a great way to start. Some internships pay so those would be ideal, but any internship would be helpful.
5. Risk vs. Reward
There are many highs and lows in this field that a journalists has to deal with. This industry is always changing but there will always be a demand for it. The reward for a journalists can be very high. Goudreau says how she has interviews billionaires and celebrities. She has also traveled out of the country. Lastly she says that she has even had a coffee tasting with Starbucks’ master blending, and soup tasting with the head chef of Campbell’s.
These are only a few of the tips Jenna Goudreau gives young journalists, to see more look at the Top 10 tips for young aspiring journalists.

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