Tara Conry, a journalist for Newsday, visited the class of JRN 320 at Stony Brook University bright and early Friday morning to give advice to budding journalists. Here are my top 3 takeaways:
1. Journalism from a phone is still journalism. Not only are photos, videos, and quick phone uploads acceptable in journalism… they are welcome additions. Because of the ease of access and the ability to instantly upload, taking photos and videos from your phone can give viewers up-to-date coverage faster than any other medium. A phone is also discreet and can go where larger cameras can’t, so you can infiltrate non-journalist-friendly areas.
2. Find an angle even in a simple story. Even as simple as a homecoming– stuff that happens frequently– you can find a more interesting approach to covering it. There is always an angle you can take with an interesting person that is a part of the story, and make the story go through that character.
3. Have your eyes and ears open. It’s important for a reporter to be a sponge, and always be on the lookout for the next story.More than that, hearing or seeing something can cue you into a story that no one else has any idea about. Maybe you are covering a crime, and you overhear cops talking to one another about sensitive information that the public is not privy too. You, as a reporter, now have a great clue to pursue, and are ahead of other reporters in the hunt for the scoop.
Overall, Conry had a lot of insights to offer. She was relatable to the class, both as a journalist and a recent graduate, since the economic landscape and social media sphere has changed dramatically the last few years, and as future journalists that’s what we will be dealing with moving forward.