Wednesday, March 17, 2010

U.K. student media awards contest

The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, is now accepting entries for its 2010 Student Media Awards.

University students in the United Kingdom can enter a variety of categories: Reporter of the year, writer of the year, photographer of the year, broadcast journalist of the year, digital journalist of the year or publication of the year. Winners will receive internships at the Guardian or a blogging stint at popular music magazine NME.

Deadline to apply is July. Click here for more info.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Journalism scholarship for Illinois students

Students who either are from Central Illinois or attend college in the region can apply for a $2,000 journalism scholarship.

The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, is accepting applications for its 2009 scholarship until March 6. Junior, senior and graduate level college students are eligible. Applicants must be majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or related fields and have an above-average grade point average.

Download a scholarship application online.

Springfield, Illinois

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Journalism internships: 10 Tips for Success

Tip #5: Get organized ... Keep track of all your duties, assignments and due dates. Create a "To Do" list for the current day along with a calendar for later or longer-term assignments.

Read nine more tips in 10 Tips for a Successful Media Internship, the newest article in's Advice section.

Also, read a story about what NOT to do during your journalism internship.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Writing Tip: Double check your facts

Double check all your facts. Don’t rely on your professor or an editor to catch mistakes.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Writing Tip: Be precise with word choice

Be precise in your word choice. Did the coach scream or shout?

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Writing Tip: Leave your opinion out of your story

Don't put your opinions or judgments in your story. Stick to facts.

NOT: In the end it was better for her to quit her job.

INSTEAD: In the end, she quit her job.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Writing Tip: Avoid jargon

Avoid jargon. If you don’t know what something means, your readers probably won’t either. Explain it in terms an ordinary person can understand.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Writing Tip: Avoid run-on sentences

Avoid long sentences.

These are also known as "run-on" sentences because they keep running on and on. Even if your sentence is well-written and correctly punctuated, it's still difficult for readers to follow. After 25 or so words, readers begin getting lost in a sentence.

So, if you have a sentence that's over 30 words, consider rewording it or breaking it down into two separate sentences. Also, mix up the length of your sentences. Have short ones, medium-sized ones and longer ones.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Writing Tip: Don't read minds

Don't read minds. Tell readers only what you know. For example:

NOT: She feels that problems can be solved…

INSTEAD: She said problems can be solved.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Writing Tip: Show, don't tell readers

Show, don’t tell the reader. Readers need details to visualize your words. They need to smell the perfume, taste the wine, feel the cashmere. Don’t just say it was a beautiful sunset; describe it in vivid detail. Good writers paint portraits with their prose.

-Mark Grabowski

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Writing Tip: Show you care

Write about things you care about and are interested in. Otherwise, your indifference will likely be reflected in your writing.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Writing Tip: Be ready to slash

W hen I was a cub reporter, an editor told me, “The best way to improve as a writer is to have someone rip your work to shreds.”

Now I'm a journalism professor, and I tell my students the same thing. You can’t be married to your words. You need to be open to feedback and even harsh criticism. In fact, you should invite it. It will make you a better writer.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

How to get a job in the U.K. media

The Independent, a large British daily newspaper, has put together various articles on getting a job in the U.K. media, including:
These are just some of the many and varied careers covered in the newspaper's handy Career Planning section.

-Mark Grabowski

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Paid internship @ Washingtonian Magazine

Washingtonian, a monthly magazine read by 400,000 people in the D.C. area, offers year-round paid internships to college students and recent graduates.

Editorial interns work full-time, make $7 per hour and factcheck, research and write stories. In addition, interns receive significant mentoring. Photography and online editing internships are also available.

Application deadlines: Nov. 1 for a Spring internship (running from January to May); March 1 for Summer (June-August); and July 1 for Fall (September-December).

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fulbright scholarships for journalists

Applications continue to be accepted for some Fulbright Scholar awards in journalism during the 2009-2010 academic year, e-mails the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Professionals and faculty in journalism may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many “All Discipline” awards open to any field.

For more info, visit for descriptions of available awards and new eligibility requirements. Awards are closing daily, so consult the relevant program officer before applying.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Job market good for young journalists

Despite large layoffs in the traditional media, the job market for journalism graduates has remained largely unchanged, a newly-released survey finds. The employment rate is holding steady, while salaries are increasing in some cases.

The findings, by
the University of Georgia's James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, include:
  • On Oct. 31, 2007, 63.3% of the bachelor's degree recipients had a full-time job, a figure nearly identical to the 2006 report of 64%. Almost all of the 2007 bachelor's degree recipients who looked for work had at least one in-person job interview in the six to eight months after graduation.
  • The median salary for 2007 bachelor's degree recipients was $30,000 -- exactly the same as the median salary for 2006 grads. Meanwhile, the median salary for 2007 master's degree recipients was $40,000 -- $2,000 higher than a year earlier.
Given the current turmoil of the industry, many analysts consider this good news.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

One-year internships available @ Toronto Star

The Toronto Star offers year-long paid internships for graduates under the age of 30, who have never held a full-time, permanent staff position at a Canadian daily newspaper.

"Successful reporting candidates rotate through teams in the city department," according to the Star's website. "Copy editing interns are assigned to at least three different editing desks during the year. The program begins with orientation and there are regular, mandatory seminar days. A demonstrated commitment to journalism is required, either through a combination of formal journalism training and experience, or extensive experience. We will consider candidates with non-traditional qualifications and credentials. The 2007 program includes six reporters, a photographer, two copy editors and graphic artist. This mix can vary from year to year."

-Mark Grabowski

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Freelance for Raleigh paper

The Raleigh Telegram, a local general interest newspaper, is seeking freelance writers for shorter, feature-type stories and short news items. Specifically, the editors want "LOCAL stories about local people, places, things to do, etc. in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, etc. area." The pay is $10 - $20 per article, depending on the length and subject.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Paid fall reporting internships at Bronx papers

Norwood News, Mount Hope Monitor and Highbridge Horizon -- biweekly newspapers in the Bronx -- are seeking interns for the fall and possibly beyond.

"We rely heavily on contributions from our interns," the ad says. "You will not be pushing papers or making coffee. You will be writing serious news stories and other feature articles in a fascinating urban environment. It’s an opportunity to grow as a journalist and improve your reporting/writing skills on every level, while having an impact on a diverse and developing community."

Interns are asked to take photos as well, but experience isn't necessary. They will be paid a small fee per article and/or photograph that is published. College students, graduate students and aspiring journalists are all invited to apply.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Freelance reporters wanted in Ontario

Metroland, an Ontario-based media company that owns 100 community newspapers and several trade magazines, is seeking paid freelancers to write feature stories and take photographs for its publications. Students are welcome to apply.

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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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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fall internship at Philly paper

The Spirit, a 35,000 circulation weekly newspaper distributed in Northern Philadelphia, is seeking interns this fall to writer articles and keep track of community events.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reporter openings at Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Star, a 260,000 circulation Gannett newspaper, is seeking two community reporters to cover local government, schools and other news. The Star has hired young reporters, including recent college grads, lately, so it's worth a shot.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Temporary reporter sought in Sacramento

The Sacramento Business Journal is looking for a full-time reporter for a job that will last for 8 to 12 weeks. The deadline to apply is July 12. It might be a good opportunity for a recent grad with solid internship experience.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Fall internships at Washington Post, CNN, etc.

Several journalism internship opportunities this fall in Washington, D.C.:
  1. The Washington Post is seeking a college student for an internship in its Arts & Living section.
  2. The newspaper is also seeking interns for the Sports section and Features section of The Express, its free 190,000-circulation weekday tabloid that's distributed on public transportation.
  3. CNN en Espanol is also looking for an intern in its D.C. bureau.
  4. Foreign Policy is also considering editorial interns for its magazine and website.
If you're attending college in the D.C. area or participating in an internship program such as The Washington Center, these internships might be a good way to get some journalism experience.

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Fall internship at seeks college students to intern on its copy desk in its Bristol, Conn. headquarters for 10 weeks starting in September.

-Mark Grabowski

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

N.Y. Times seeks stringer

The New York Times is seeking a full-time stringer/researcher in its Southern bureau in Atlanta. In addition to assisting National Desk reporters with stories, the stringer will have an opportunity to earn his/her own bylines.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Paid internship: travel world and write about wine

The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia Journalism Internship sounds like a dream internship:

"Become a wine correspondent with press credentials, and a ticket and expenses to travel to some of the most famous wine countries in the world (and some of the least famous). There are 71 countries making wine in the world, and our correspondents will travel to many of them. Your reports will be published on the ENCYCLOPEDIA Wines website"

Internships are available for summer and fall. Must be 21+.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Investigative journalism job for recent grad

Rotten Dog Productions has a paid internship position available for a recent graduate looking to do independent, investigative journalism.

"You should be comfortable researching a subject in depth and covering environmental, science and political stories," according to the ad. "You'll be responsible for finding stories along the Atlantic Coast from New York through Newfoundland. You should be able to find a human interest angle to the stories illustrating scientific or political event with a story about its impact on people. Your stories will be published online and combined with video and photos for documentary production."

To apply, e-mail your resume and a few work samples to Bill@Southworth.TV.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Paid internships at Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is looking for local college students to report and take photos for The Loop, a new, innovative, interactive Web site created entirely for and by college students.

The internship involves working 10 to 16 hours per week and pays $10 per hour. Students will spend the majority of their time at the Democrat & Chronicle, though some reporting and fieldwork will be required.

-Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

China Daily seeks student freelancers

China Daily, the self-proclaimed "only national English-language daily newspaper in China," is seeking freelance writers in key U.S. cities -- and they're willing to "consider outstanding college juniors or seniors." If you live in or near Chicago, D.C., Atlanta or Texas and want to get some bylines while earning up to $100 per article, you might want to check out this opportunity. The deadline to apply is June 15.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Find a job writing features

The American Society of Sunday and Features Editors has a jobs page listing several features section openings along with other journalism jobs.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Find business journalism jobs

Looking for a journalism job covering business? The American Society of Business Publication Editors has a job bank that contains exclusive listings that are regularly updated. I've added the link to's journalism jobs page.

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Mini-internship opportunity for Fall '08

The Society for Professional Journalists is looking for 12 interns to cover its upcoming annual convention in Atlanta. The interns -- reporters, photographers and designers -- will "staff The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper that covers the SPJ National Convention." Professional journalists oversee the publication and provide editing and feedback. It's a great way for college students to quickly get lots of work samples.

This year's convention is set for Sept. 4-6 in Atlanta. Interns will need to arrive in Atlanta by noon Wednesday, Sept. 3, and the internship ends Sunday, Sept. 7. Accommodations, mentoring and other perks will be provided. The application deadline is April 19.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Free N.J. Event: Reporter offers advice to college journos

Alex Biese, an award-winning young reporter at the Asbury Park Press, will speak at Monmouth University in Northern Jersey on March 24.

Biese, a 24-year-old MU alumnus, will discuss life as a professional journalist, offer advice to college journalists, and provide tips on landing an internship or first job. A Q&A will follow.

The discussion begins at 2:30 p.m. in Room 135 of MU's Plangere Center, in West Long Branch, N.J. Click here for directions. For more info, contact Professor Mark Grabowski at mark(at)cubreporters(dot)org.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Orlando Sentinel hiring editor offers advice

I asked the Orlando Sentinel's staff development editor if he had any advice for young journalists. Dana Eagles suggests that college journalists create their own opportunities by offering to intern somewhere for college credit:
"It might be worth noting that some newspapers and magazines will allow students to intern part time for academic credit for a semester at a time. This can be an excellent way for younger students to gain some experience even if they don't qualify for a full-time, paid summer internship. For example, every semester we have four or five University of Central Florida students working for us part-time as interns in reporting, editing, photography and online producing. These arrangements might not be formalized in every case. The student might need to take the initiative to invent an opportunity, armed with information about what sort of credit his school is willing to give and how many hours of work are required to get it."
Eagles has also written a must-read article, "How to get a newspaper internship," that outlines how to go about finding and applying for journalism internships.

For more info on both paid and academic internships at the Orlando Sentinel, click here.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, February 29, 2008

50 more journalism internships

Medill recently assembled a pretty good spreadsheet listing about 50 newspaper internships across the country. It contains newspapers, big and small, along with their application deadline, internship positions available, pay and other details.

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Public relations internships

I’ve created a public relations internship guide for college students.

It’s very much a work-in-progress (feel free to send feedback), and nowhere near matching my journalism internship website in its depth and breadth. But it’s a start, and there doesn’t seem to be too many good PR internship websites.

It may seem odd to be talking about PR on a journalism blog. After all, many journalists view PR as “the Dark Side.” It’s all about “spin” and misinforming the public, they believe.

Guess what? Many PR people are equally wary of journalists, believing that the media is out to get them. They frequently accuse reporters of “spinning” stories.

As someone who’s worked on both sides of the fence, I know that both viewpoints are silly. When practiced ethically – as the vast majority of professionals in both journalism and PR do – both fields have similar goals. Basically, inform the public and tell the truth. Unfortunately, a few bad apples have given both fields an inaccurate reputation.

The reality is that there’s a lot of crossover between journalism and PR.

At many media outlets, for better or worse, we’re seeing a blurring of the lines between journalism and public relations. Many journalists eventually switch careers to public relations. At the university where I teach, public relations and journalism are combined into one major. I’m not saying that’s the way it should be. I’m just saying, that’s the way it is these days.

So, that’s why I’m writing about public relations on a journalism website. Because I know many of my site’s visitors may also be interested in careers in public relations.

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Online editor offers advice for young journalists

From time to time, I ask successful journalists and editors what advice they have for young journalists. Robert Niles, editor of the Online Journalism Review, says young journalists should go digital with their resumes and reporting. He adds that new media offers great freelance opportunities:

"Blogs are the new resumes. Every journalism student ought to have his or her own blog, ideally located at Blogs should include links to the student's best published work, as well as regular Q&As, observations, photo essays, video features, reviews and commentary -- to fully demonstrate their abilities.

"Online sites, especially ones built on user-generated content, have an insatiable appetite for good copy. Students should engage in online discussion communities, and link to them from their blog, to show hiring editors their ability to participate and manage interactive communities. Volunteering to create original reporting features and reviews for such sites is a great way both to gain leadership status in those communities and to get impressive clips for the student."

Robert Niles
Editor, University of Southern California
Online Journalism Review

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Free D.C. event: Helen Thomas to give talk

Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be speaking at a free event in the D.C. area on March 2.

WHAT: "A Conversation with Journalism Legend Helen Thomas"

WHEN: March 2, 2008, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, Virginia

Often called "The First Lady of the Press," veteran White House reporter, author and Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas looks back as an eyewitness to history and delves into her story when she sits for a conversation with Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh. This event is in recognition of National Women's History Month. A book signing will follow the remarks.

For more information, click here.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Gharib, Johnston & Hoyt to speak at Baruch College

CUNY-Baruch is hosting several journalism talks this semester that are open to the public:

Wed, Feb. 27: 9 a.m. -- Susie Gharib of PBS's "Nightly Business News" will discuss broadcasting and business news, and how complex stories can be told on the air. Room 14-250, Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th St.

Thu, March 27, 6-7 p.m. -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer winner from the New York Times, will discuss "how to cover the rich and the poor without invading their privacy." He will cover investigative techniques he uses, the growing popularity of papers having a beat on the super-rich and the renewed interest in poverty, and drawon his new book, "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest American Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)". Room 14-250, Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th St.

Monday, May 5, 6 p.m. -- Clark Hoyt, public editor of The New York Times, will do a Q&A. Newman Conference Center, Baruch College Library, 151 East 25th Street (between 3d and Lex), 7th floor.

Baruch College is located at 55 Lexington at 24th Street in New York City.
All are welcome to attend these free events; please RSVP to Professor Joshua Mills at

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Panel on covering youth violence

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma presents:
Getting it Right: Reporting on Youth Violence

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
5:30 - 7:00PM

Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
World Pulitzer Room
116th Street and Broadway
New York, New York

Even as crime hits record lows in New York, among teenagers around the nation gun homicides, gang violence and police shootings of young people are on the rise. Yet while shootings in suburban schools, churches and malls generate media controversy, epidemic levels of teen homicide in cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New Orleans attract scant attention.

Covering violence by and against young people in cities around the country poses particular challenges to journalists. What stories are being told, and not told? How can the roots of this national crisis be explained? How can the voices of teenagers, neighborhoods and communities be represented more effectively? How can journalists get the story right?

David Meeks, City Editor, Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA
Joseph Rodriguez, Photojournalist, author of East Side Stories and Juvenile,
Brooklyn, NY
Clarivel Ruiz, Director, Youth Programs, DCTV, New York, NY
Susan Snyder, Staff Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

To RSVP, email Kate Black at

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Internships at The Economist

The journalism internships webpage now has a link to summer internships at The Economist, a publication which needs no qualification. But here's one anyway: a London-based weekly news and international affairs magazine with a worldwide circulation of 1.2 million.

"Interns are treated much as members of staff and expected to join in accordingly," The Economist notes on its journalism internship webpage. "The internships are generally for a three-month period and take place over the summer (at the London office)."

-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Freelance writing gigs

I highly recommend this website, which offers a number of freelance writing opportunities and is updated every weekday. Of course, some days are more promising than others. But I know someone who recently landed some pretty high-profile and lucrative freelance assignments off of it.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

The 8th way to get bylines

Quill recently ran a story on "Seven Strategies for Getting Bylines," which I wrote. There are actually eight ways to get bylines, but one got edited out:

Study abroad.

Help out in a newspaper’s foreign bureau. Or look into writing for English publications in the foreign country.

“While the crunch on foreign news budgets may limit the amount of staff correspondent posts available, it presents a golden opportunity for upstart journalists,” said Jason Motlagh, a freelancer who’s reported from West Africa, the Caucasus and Haiti. “I’ve met many other full-time reporters who broke in simply by showing up at a far-flung bureau and asking to lend a hand.”

Sorry about the deletion, Jason -- you know how editors can be.

I'm sure y'all can think of more strategies for getting bylines. Please share your ideas in the comments section below.

-Professor Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Seven ways to get bylines

Don’t wait until you’re hired as a reporter to start acting like one.

Getting articles published is vital to landing a reporting job. Most editors want to see four to six — and sometimes many more — samples of your work.

“It shows much more to those hiring that you’re ambitious about being published, rather than having a resume with a college term paper that never was published attached to it,” said Joe Hight, managing editor of The Oklahoman. “And I can tell you it’s a lot more exciting to see your byline in a publication than the grade that you’ll receive for the term paper.”

While in school, develop a portfolio of good clips that demonstrates your journalism skills. Visit my journalism website to find out how to get bylines.

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Advice from a managing editor

Wish you could pick the brain of a managing editor at a major daily newspaper? My journalism website recently did. Find out what advice Joe Hight, managing editor of The Oklahoman, has for college journalists and young reporters.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Stop the Presses! Watch this film

Monmouth University will premiere The Paper, a journalism documentary film, on Wed., Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. in Bey Hall's Young Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The film spends 78 mins. tracking the trials and tribulations of Penn State's daily student newspaper as a way to illustrate issues that every newspaper faces: plummeting circulation, barriers to investigative reporting, and criticism of coverage.

Students and young journalists alike might find it more interesting than other journalism films because 1) it's real and 2) it's told through the eyes of college students. The Boston Globe reviewer recommended it.

Audience members can be among the first to see this documentary, which does not make its national premiere until Dec. 11. Food and refreshments will be served following the film.

Monmouth University is located in West Long Branch, exit 105 off the Garden State Parkway. For directions, click here.

-Professor Grabowski

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Journalist: "Don't let anyone intimidate you"

Award-winning 24-year-old Asbury Park Press reporter Alex Biese told students at his alma mater that the toughest part of reporting is getting public officials to talk.

"Don't let anyone intimidate you," he advised a Monmouth University journalism class on Oct. 22. The public needs reporters to be inquisitive and dogged in getting answers. "You are a conduit for the public to know."

Biese, a 2006 graduate, also offered advice on breaking into journalism, including landing an internship. For more info, see The Outlook story on page 11.

Biese's talk was part of an ongoing series of talks by professional journalists sponsored by the Communication Department.

Upcoming journalism talks this semester include:

Nov. 26: Tony Romeo, state capital bureau chief for KYW News Radio 1060 in Philadelphia, will discuss broadcast journalism. Tony has more than 20 years experience as a broadcast journalist and has covered many major stories. As an 18-year-old Penn State student, he began his professional career, covering the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster for WSBA Radio in York, Pa. He'll speak from 6:30 to 7:15 pm in room 234 of Plangere.

Dec. 10: Steve Chiger, president of the Garden State Scholastic Association, will speak about online journalism from 6 to 7:15 in room 234 of Plangere. Chiger has an M.A. in new media journalism from Northwestern and was project manager of the E-zine @Chicago. He' s also a former reporter for The Courier News and Westfield Leader. Additionally, he runs the annual summer Diversity Journalism Workshop at Monmouth.

All talks are open to the public. For more information, e-mail mgrabows(at)monmouth(dot)edu.

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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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Sunday, September 2, 2007

2007-08 Presentations

This academic year, I will be speaking at the following conferences:
  • Society of Professional Journalists; Oct. 6 in Washington, DC.
  • Journalism Education Association; Nov. 9 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Institute on Political Journalism, Decision 2008; Dec. 1 in Washington, DC.
  • Garden State Scholastic Press Association; Spring 2008 in New Jersey.
If you're in the area, stop by.

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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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