Posted by: Madeline Lumley
Today in class, we were lucky enough to have Kendra Williams, Travel Editor for Midwest Living, come in and speak to us about her experiences in the world of journalism. Out of all of the interesting tips and stories she shared with us, one quote in particular stuck out in my mind and kept me thinking all day: “Doing good work is not good enough.” She was telling us a story about an apprentice who did great work, but was very introverted and didn’t really interact with the other Midwest Living employees. Her introversion might cost her a job in the future, Williams told us.
This caught my attention because I am naturally an introverted person. I’m much less shy nowadays, compared to when I was younger, but I think there’s always room for improvement. So, how can someone like me (or, really, any aspiring journalists) get themselves out there?
Andrew Nusca, creator of the The Editorialiste, compiled a list of tips for journalists at any stage in their careers.
- “Don’t be afraid, and try, try, try. Don’t rely on one place to pitch – pitch your story high and low…Most people will be welcome to read what you’ve got, provided they’re not on deadline.”
- “In class, reach higher: Write like you’re writing for a big name publication. Get better sources, write cleaner copy, and think about who you could pitch while writing it.”
- “Mention your best clips [in your resume], or if you have none, emphasize any writing you’ve done, no matter how small.”
All of these tips have something in common: they require confidence. Once a student or a journalist gains more confidence in herself and her writing, introversion would probably become less of a problem in the workplace.
Do you have any tips for introverted journalists?