Buzzfeed writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton asked 20 writers of color for advice for their counterparts who are just beginning their careers in an article published today.
Mostly, the responses emphasized the importance of hard work and building a professional reputation marked by attention to deadlines, creative storytelling and persistence. Among the pieces of advice:
-Jenna Wortham, a technology reporter with the New York Times, said the best reputations are cemented by quality bylines.
“That is how you earn respect and get plucked for the best jobs — with bylines and pieces that can’t be ignored. And reputation matters more than anything; maintain credibility at all costs. Trust your gut, and be yourself. Don’t sacrifice who you are for where you want to go.”
-Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributor at The Nation magazine, wrote that hustle — writing and networking and being seen — is more important than talent, which is “a fluke.”
On Monday, broadcast journalism student Raecine Williams engaged in a similar conversation from the other end.… Read more