Sunday, December 7, 2008

Seeking quotes for journalism careers book

I’m under contract with a popular career guide publisher to write a book on how to become a journalist in the Digital Age.

The book is for students and entry-level job seekers. It focuses on what skills, education, training, experience, etc. will be necessary to land a good job and be a successful journalist in the coming 5-10 years. The release date is this spring.

I want to hear from working journalists, media company recruiters and career services staff on stuff like: What types of jobs are out there? What types of jobs have been scaled back? What sort of jobs will there be in the future? Realistically, what kinds of jobs can someone get right out of college? What skills do young journalists need and where can they get training? What can young journalists do to make themselves standout among other interns or staff? Do you have one piece of advice that new journalists shouldn’t live without?

Good information that isn’t used in my book may be used for, or for a future article in a trade publication like Quill or The Communicator.

Please e-mail your response to book[at] or fill out this form. Remember to include your title or qualifications. Thanks.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to write good leads

The video below explains how to write good leads in stories.

It covers summary leads, delayed-identification leads and various creative leads. The 30-minute tutorial is the latest Journalism 101 lesson I've created for's education page. There are also some interactive exercises to practice your skills.

Please share it with your classmates, coworkers, professors and editors.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Journalism internships: FAQs and myths

Are paid journalism internships the best internships? Not necessarily. Why do some media companies only accept interns who are receiving college credit for their internship? Get the answers to these questions and more in's new section on "FAQs and Myths about Journalism Internships."

-Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Broadcast journalism career links now features a section on broadcast journalism. It includes internships, scholarships and fellowships, entry-level jobs and other career links.

As you know, the site has traditionally focused on print journalism, but, in this age of convergence, it's necessary to expand the website's focus and mission. The main parts of the website -- journalism jobs, journalism internships and journalism fellowships -- will also include more multimedia opportunities.

The broadcast journalism page is a work in progress; feel free to suggest any interesting links or good opportunities.

-Mark Grabowski

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Join our Facebook group

If you're a Facebook member, join our group.

On, you can add us as a friend.

Srsly. We need more friends.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

More praise for

Ken Jost, Supreme Court Editor of CQ Press, e-mails us: "Perhaps if I'd read this [Web site] 30 years ago, I might be editor of the New York Times by now."

"Too often, young journalists don't have a road map with which to navigate the industry -- instead, they're given gloomy assessments about the job market and then shoved out into it," says J.T. Rushing, state capital bureau chief for the Florida-Times Union. "What Mark has created is a terrific, must-read resource for reporters in that category which we were all in at one point. His site is unique, it's invaluable, it's comprehensive and it is most certainly recommended.

Says the Aggie Journalists blog: " has a whole raft of solid links to national internship listings — more than a dozen, including ASNE's bank and chains/organizations such as the AP and Freedom Communications, which owns five Texas papers."

"Looks great," e-mails Chandra Turner, founder and president of , a networking and mentoring organization committed to helping aspiring and junior-level editors reach their dream magazine jobs.

Thanks, everyone!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jersey or bust!

This fall, I'll be teaching journalism and various communication courses at Monmouth University.

The New Jersey school is located an hour from Philadelphia and New York and is listed by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s "Best 366 Colleges."

I have lots of journalism-related events planned for 2007-08, many of which will be open to the public. Check back for updates.

-Mark Grabowski, Web editor

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Over 10,000 page views last week!

And nearly 3,000 visitors. That means the site is averaging about 400 visitors and 1,500 page views per day. Nowhere near what uber popular journalism sites such as get, but, still, impressive. Thanks for checking us out.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

We're #1!

The Society for News Design recently ranked it as the #1 job resource for soon-to-be journalism graduates.

In second place was the long-venerated


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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Praise for

We've gotten some good press this week:

* fishbowl DC, a blog about the Washington media, wrote: "For newbie reporters everywhere, Mark Grabowski is here to help with, "a tool to help young, student and early career journalists with their job search and to inform them about opportunities available to them."

* NewsCollege, a journalism education website, called us "A can't-miss guide to helping novices break into print journalism. Filled with useful tips and advice about applying and interviewing for jobs."

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Web site re-launch is back and better than ever before!

The website, aimed at helping young, college and early-career journalists, was launched in October 1999. Over the years, however, it languished as I became busy working as a reporter and later attending law school.

Recently, I recommitted myself to maintaining the website. Broken links have been fixed, new links and features (such as this blog) have been added. The site has also received a facelift to make it more aesthetically appealing and easier to navigate.

Please let me know if I can assist you in anyway. Feedback on the website is welcome, as well. Email me at

-Mark Grabowski, Web editor

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