Get started early

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Have you ever entertained the idea of getting involved with your school newspaper? Whether it be taking pictures for articles, writing the articles, or even working as the editor of the paper, getting involved with your school newspaper can give you a step up as a journalist.

Getting started early with a school newspaper, whether it be a high school newspaper or a college newspaper, can help journalism students become better educated on what their future careers will consist of. Not only will students learn how to go out into the public, get interviews, and take notes, but journalism students will learn how to make a story out of the information they gather.

Being able to put on your future resume that you worked on your school newspaper is also an important plus to working for a school newspaper. It will give your future hiring editor the ability to contact credible references, take a look at your actual work, and not to mention let them know that you have experience with working on a newspaper.

Writing articles in the paper can also help exploit your skills. Like a student from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sean Simonson. This student wrote an article for his Catholic high school supporting gay rights. This article not only sparked interest in his high school, but sparked interest with the nation. Now is article is known, and read, by people across the United States.

Getting started early is very important to journalism students everywhere. One way in which students can do so is by getting involved with their school newspaper. It is important to do so because it will give you a step up in your future profession, by helping the student establish a future job as a journalist.

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Kimberly Kurimski February 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Tess, do you write for the Simpsonian? I am considering it for next year. I think it would be a great experience.

April Sigmund February 1, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

I think writing for the Simpsonian is a great start for those considering journalism careers. It gives you experience and looks good on resumes for future job positions.

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