Tara Conry, a community journalist for Newsday, visited Stony Brook University last week to offer her professional insight on how to succeed in journalism.
1) “Be a sponge,” she said. Soak up as much information as you can. It will show your determination and can only further your career. To be a journalist today you have to be a jack of all trades. You need to know how to be a reporter, editor, photographer, and videographer. The more you know the better equipped you will be to handle tough situations and do your job well.
2) Always look for the angle. No one wants to read the same homecoming story over and over. It’s important to talk to people, ask questions, and find someone with an interesting story. It will set you apart from others and your sure to be noticed because of it.
3) Don’t be afraid to use your phone. Technology is changing so it’s only natural for reporting to change too. People look for news updates constantly throughout the day and they expect it to be available to them. The demand for news is expanding and phones allow journalists to keep up with it. Your phone lets you post pictures, interviews, and notes to Instagram and twitter feeds. You can even edit movies and pictures right on you phone through iMovie. Conry suggests that you explore new apps and become comfortable with them because they will help your reporting.
Conry offered a lot of great suggestions to aspiring journalists. It was an inspiration to see someone just like me working and living as a journalist.