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Do big-name schools help?

Q: How much do big-name schools and master's degrees count in getting a job in the big leagues? Be honest. If you were looking at great clips from a six-year-veteran who worked his way from the bottom up and the clips of a Medill graduate with two years experience, who would you go for? Andrea A: I hate when people … Read More
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Break into next level?

Q: I've been stringing for my town's only daily for the past four years. During this time, I also do fine art photography, showing my art and competing in photography with quite a sucess rate. I moved to this town because it is the place I want to be. I feel fortunate to live here and hate to think of … Read More
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What about Canadians, eh?

Q: I'm wondering if there are any special immigration applications that Canadians would also have to fill out in order to intern in the U.S.?  I will be starting my graduate degree in journalism, which will be completed next May, so I'm already looking into internships and the ones south of the border interest me the most. Are these internships … Read More
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May I fax my application?

Q: Would it be possible to fax you my internship application, or would you rather I mailed it? (There are 16 pages.) Jennifer A: Unless the deadline is moments away, there seems to be no need to fax your material. It will look better by mail, you'll be surer of having it fall into the right hands … Read More
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Are my clips too similar?

Q: I have worked for the entertainment section of a campus-based newspaper for about a year. And I have decided to seek a summer internship. Unfortunately, all my clips are entertainment-related. Will employers hold that against me, even though the clips are well-written? Debbie, Oklahoma A: They will not hold that against you, Debbie, but they will be able … Read More
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What if I have no clips?

Q: I'm in my first year of graduate school and I am looking forward to getting a summer internship.  My question is how do I go about it.  A suggestion on the Free Press site said clips should come from the most recent year.  I am lacking in this area and I fear that I won't be able to gather … Read More
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Age and jobs?

Q: My goal, like many, is to write for a daily, preferably in features. With two years as managing editor at a weekly newspaper, I have found it very difficult to land a position on a daily. Professionally I've written about health for state government; I've been a grantwriter, an education writer for a publishing company, and now also have … Read More
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Take the story with me?

Q: This may sound silly - but I honestly don't know the answer. I've worked extremely hard on a particular investigation and now, national media wants me on their team. Can I take copies of my research when I go? Florida A: If you did research as a paid employee of another company, then that research belongs … Read More
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Volunteer -- how?

Q: I visit the "JobsPage" Web site quite often for tips, and noticed that in the Internship section you have the following advice for internship-seekers still empty-handed in March: "Volunteer as a journalist with a local non-profit.&quot. Could you clarify what this means in practical terms? I ask because my impression is that writing for a non-profit -- while … Read More
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Too big a jump?

Q: Is it realistic to make a jump from a 51,000-circulation daily to a major metro? Dave W. A: It's not unrealistic, Dave, but it's a long shot. There are scores of papers in between papers the size of yours and the metros. There are about 100 dailies with circulations over 100,000, and most of them aren't … Read More
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Can I still look?

Q: If you receive an internship offer, how do you tell them you're interested, provided you don't receive one from papers above it on your list? Tim B., Washington A: The first thing not to tell them is that they're in the middle of the list. Enthusiastically thank them for the offer. Then graciously ask for some … Read More
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Is my clip ruined?

Q: I'm a student and worked hard on a story, but it was published with at least five glaring errors from editing. Is this story doomed, or is there any way I can salvage it for a clip? D. S., New Jersey A: I'm sorry, D.S., but that clip won't do you much good. You don't want … Read More
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Am I still eligible?

Q: I'd like to get my ball rolling on internship and/or "tweener" applications but I have one question. Am I still eligible for these programs?  I graduated college seven years ago (BFA-Photography) and then served 3 1/2 years in the Army.  After discharge three years ago I accepted a position in the Healthcare industry.  I take my camera … Read More
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