How journalists can develop a plan for professional growth

In this week’s career chat, we talked with Tara Leonard, a page designer and Web developer at The Chronicle in Centralia, Wash.

Leonard started at The Chronicle as a newsroom assistant and started keeping a personal blog about food. She soon had a weekly food column in the paper, and was eventually given small assignments. Leonard said “yes” to just about every assignment and moved her way up to covering bigger stories.

During the chat, Leonard shared tips for journalists who want to carve out opportunities for themselves and eventually move into a leadership position in the newsroom. You can replay the chat here:

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