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  • Leadership


    There’s no ‘I’ in team, especially if you’re a woman

    You spend months pouring time and energy into a big project. Requirements change, plans become more ambitious and you take on extra responsibilities to keep everything on track. Despite the challenges, you meet deadlines, appease coworkers and the team keeps humming along, thanks to your efforts.

    The project is released and earns industry accolades. Your boss is quoted in coverage. Your hotshot colleague is invited to speak on a panel. Your contributions largely go unnoticed.

    If you’re a woman working in digital media, there’s a good chance this scenario feels familiar.

  • Article

    Cover letters: 4 tips to help you win the job

    The internet has changed the way people apply for jobs in the television news business. No longer do candidates send news directors VHS tapes or DVDs of work examples via the postal service, instead they forward links to YouTube accounts. No longer do applicants go to the library to research TV stations, instead they search station web pages and peruse LinkedIn profiles.

    Still, there are some tried and true elements to landing a TV news job that are timeless. One of the sometimes overlooked elements is the cover letter.

  • Career


    How poorly are journalists paid? Depends on where you live

    In April, CareerCast ranked newspaper reporter as the worst job in America. With diminishing salaries and job security, some warn aspiring journalists that journalism can't provide a "decent" or "modest" salary. But terms like those are ambiguous and do not take into account regional differences. We found that in 14 states, journalists make about the median salary, in 13 states they earn more than the median, and in 23 states they earn less than the median.

  • Article

    Eight lessons learned from a former journalist's job search

    As the AARP solicitations in my mailbox arrive with ever-increasing frequency, I am reminded of something a friend once told me about our aging: “When the rock starts rolling downhill, it picks up speed.”


    Next month I’ll mark my 10th anniversary as a member of Poynter’s faculty, and in addition to wondering where that decade went (and, by the way, when did Paul McCartney get to be 72?), I find myself thinking about how this gig has fit into the journey we call a career.

  • Article

    What defines a healthy newsroom culture?

    Earlier this month, I had the honor of conducting a writing workshop in Washington, D.C., for the writers and editors of National Geographic.  It was a kick for me to work with a publication that I had read as a boy, one that, in 1963, had published a photo of my father, a U.S. Customs officer, pasting a sticker on the wooden crate that contained the Mona Lisa as she made her way on a tour of America.

    The folks at NatGeo asked some great questions, and I want to answer one of them in this essay.

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