On Friday, September 19th, Tara Conry was a guest speaker at our JRN 320 class at Stony Brook University. Conry is currently a community journalist for Newsday. She gave us advice for breaking into the world of journalism.
Here are some of the main points I took from her lecture:
1. Try to make stories that don’t seem interesting pop by giving them a new twist. For example, Conry told us that she has to cover many homecoming games at Long Island high schools. She tries to find a new angle for each one so they are not all the same. Always ask yourself, “How can I tell it differently?”
2. Always check out news apps, especially for photos and videos. It is always important to look for news ways to keep readers engaged.
3. Try to get involved in as many internships as you can. When you do an internship, the most important thing to remember is to “be a sponge.” Meaning that you should soak in as much information as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn as much as possible from the professionals you work with. You have to put yourself out there.