Advice from Canada’s promising young journalists

Figuring out how and whether you want to get into journalism can be a challenge for students as they embark on their college education.

We had several questions around this topic in the first-year undergraduate course at UBC in new media and journalism that I teach with my colleague Candis Callison.

In particular, students wanted to know about promising, emerging journalists in Canada who they could look to as role models.

Our TA, UBC j-student Fabiola Carletti, took it upon herself to get in touch with a bunch of new journalists and publish their advice online.

The site is a treasure trove of gems, from take every opportunity to being relentless to living an interesting life.

Please take a look at So, you want to be a journalist?, recommend it to students or let us know who we should add.

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  • February 11, 2011

    RBeezy

    I worked in the media industry for 7 years and I now work in communications.

    My advice to aspiring journos is to do the following:

    1. Be highly literate. I can’t tell you how many journalists I’ve come across who can’t string a sentence together properly. I won’t even get started on spelling and grammatical errors.

    2. Study History.

    3. Study culture, including pop culture. It’s awful to watch a broadcaster or writer who doesn’t know squat beyond what’s immediately before them.

    4. Don’t seek fame.

  • February 24, 2011

    University Bound

    Great advice from RBreezy above. But I would also say the same for many other professions. Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you have the know-how.