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When should I switch?

Q: How many months or years should I plan to spend in any given newsroom job? I told my prospective editor I'd stay at least a year and a half if I were hired. Is this too short a time to get both the experience I need and a good recommendation before moving on to the next job? Also, if … Read More
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What do newspaper job titles mean?

Q: I need help with an internal squabble (question?) about journalistic titles. Is there somewhere that lists job descriptions stating differences between editor, editor in chief, executive editor, managing editor? Kirk A: Good question. Titles can vary from newspaper to newspaper, and some people change the title when they move into the job. The person in charge of the … Read More
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Diversify staff?

Q: Our university paper, both in staff and coverage, is not very diverse. I have appointments to speak to several different student groups in the coming weeks, but, beyond that, I don't know how to pull in a wider variety of people, opinions and ideas. Any suggestions? Ann A: I'm glad you're working on that. You want your … Read More
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My son's chances?

Q: My son will be graduating this month with a business administration degree. He has an affinity for sports, not as an athlete, but as a spectator.  He has an exceptional memory of names and events.  He seems to possess some talent in expressing himself using the written word. Without a journalism degree, how would you recommend he get … Read More
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What will my editors think?

Q: Do you think it's a bad idea to explore the Asian American Journalists Association job fair, knowing that recruiters from your own paper will also be there? I'm not planning to leave my paper, however, I am curious about other possible opportunities and would like to talk to a few recruiters. What's your advice? L.L. A: I can't … Read More
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Is 55 too old?

Q: I have 27 years of experience at one newspaper, and I am over 55. Is it possible to secure a job at a major metro at my age? Ready to Move A: Then things are a little better, as you appear to be GOOD. Your basic question, though, has everything to do with years, and there is ground for … Read More
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How do I pitch 7 years of job experience?

Q: I've worked as a writer and editor in various capacities for about seven years as an assistant, then a junior editor at a trade magazine, a fact-checker, a staff writer at a major market alt-weekly, and a producer and daily newsletter writer for a top-10 website. In addition to all that, I have a side gig as a book … Read More
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Too much time at one job?

Q: I have been the sports editor for three weekly papers for almost four years now. Before that I was a stringer for 10 years, writing for weekly and daily publications. In addition to writing, editing and laying out pages for my three weekly papers, I occasionally help a daily in my company, covering high school football and state tournament … Read More
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Clips for copy editors?

Q: When you’re on the job hunt as a copy editor, what counts is clips. Should I have copies of some of my best headlines and stories I’ve worked? Or is a résumé all I’d have to show and the prospective employer would rely on a test after that?Weldon A: I’d start with a résumé -- a letter-perfect resume … Read More
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Why is my work discounted?

Q: I have a news-editorial journalism degree from Missouri, which is supposed to be one of the best schools in the country. I have excellent references and experience, including a Dow Jones internship in online editing at the Wall Street Journal and experience writing, editing and designing for a daily competing paper. But I've spent the last two years working … Read More
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Does college work count?

Q: When newspapers ask for X years of experience, does work for my college paper count? A.S., Raleigh A: Start with this: Newspaper editors don't like to make mistakes. The surest way they can be sure of avoiding mistakes is to hire someone who has done well at a job similar to the one that is open. Read More
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Do I need a college degree?

Q: My question is, do I need a degree and, if not, where can I get more training online? It's hard to get people to trust in you, and I really don't blame them, but I wouldn't mind working under someone and learning from the best.  Can you help? Phyllis, Tucson A: Generally, yes, you need … Read More
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Internship, or job?

Q: Is it professionally sound, as a fourth-year student, to be applying for internships rather than permanent positions? Robyn, Maine A: That's a good question, Robyn. We take a range of interns at the Free Press, including fresh grads, and once had interns ranging in age from 18 to 63. The answer to your question depends … Read More
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