Roll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.
The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the “Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.
Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.
On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”
Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”