Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times: ‘Persistence over talent wins every day’

With the New York Times financial column Dealbook and an upcoming HBO movie based on his critically acclaimed book Too Big To Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin has had a journalism career many would envy. Surprisingly, it all started with an unofficial “internship” at the paper while he was still in high school.

“I actually wasn’t really even supposed to be in the building. I came to xerox and staple for Stuart Elliott who’s the advertising columnist,” he recalled in our Media Beat interview. “I had no intention of putting two words together, let alone a sentence. I thought I would be in and out, but I was just thrilled to be there.”

His advice for aspiring journos and college grads is simple. “One is just persistence, to get in the room. Part of it is just getting your foot in the door. Persistence over talent seems to win every day,” he said.

We also got Sorkin to answer this question from @theknowitXP, one of our @mediabeat Twitter followers: “Where do you get your inspiration, and when did you know this was ‘your thing’?” Watch the full video for the surprising details.

Part 1: Andrew Ross Sorkin on Launching and Growing The New York Times Dealbook

Part 2: NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin Answers His Critics