The following quote is taken from a REDDIT Q and A session w ith The New York Times’ David Carr in which he offers young journalists some straight advice:
Q: I’m a freshman in college right now & journalism is a career that interests me. Is there any advice you can share on being successful in journalism?
A: You have to make stuff. The tools of journalism are in your hands and no one is going to give a damn about what is on your resume, they want to see what you have made with your own little fingies. Can you use Final Cut Pro? Have you created an Instagram that is about something besides a picture of your cat every time she rolls over? Is HTML 5 a foreign language to you? Is your social media presence dominated by a picture of your beer bong, or is it an RSS of interesting stuff that you add insight to? People who are doing hires will have great visibility into what you can actually do, what you care about and how you can express on any number of platforms.
Honestly that’s the best advice anyone looking to make their way in the media world can take. Your have to make stuff. Last year Jim Mortram was the classic example of someone with a bit of life experience just getting (not very far) out of his front door and shooting. Look at all the love his work is now getting (and exhibitions and write ups).
On another note went to see Life of Pi tonight. Loved it.
One more thing I can’t stop listening to POLICA: