My Favourite #AdviceForYoungJournalists

Recently, the hashtag #AdviceForYoungJournalists was trending on Twitter after financial writer Felix Salmon tweeted a piece he wrote for Fusion entitled ‘To all the young journalists asking for advice…’ His advice, in a nutshell, was “don’t do it”. Ouch.

As a journalism student myself, I naturally preferred Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein’s response to Salmon, which is less cynical. Some of the advice offered on Twitter was hilarious, some of it was shady but lots of it was genuinely helpful. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite tweets below. 

Please read and bookmark this if you’re a non-white wannabe journalist because it’s brilliant.

And here’s me offering my own advice…

Writer Laurie Penny offered lots of useful advice, check out this Storify to see all her tweets.

In addition to the tweets above, here are my own pieces of advice, as a fellow young journalist:

  • Be a nice person.
  • Be proactive. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you.
  • Say yes to things because you never will know what an opportunity may lead to.
  • Network. This might not be the easiest thing to do if you’re shy or don’t consider yourself the “networking type” but try to get into the habit of it and build relationships. Maybe start by asking yourself why you want to network and come up with a plan and decide what your goals are.
  • Social media is great, but don’t be on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram 24/7. Go out and do stuff. Start practising journalism now. What’s stopping you?

I’m sure Salmon meant well with his piece but if you really want to be a journalist, you can. Believe in yourself, work very hard and don’t give up. Now is honestly the most exciting time to be a journalist, regardless of what others might tell you.

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