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This guide is for young journalists in the first years of their careers. As journalism programs director at the Institute for Humane Studies, I work primarily with undergraduates and graduate students between the ages of twenty and twenty-six. My work editing this guide reflects my experiences helping my mentees move from school newspapers through internships into first jobs. The second edition adds television news and investigative journalism to the first edition, which focused on print journalism.
Thirteen journalists contributed chapters. Matt Welch is the editor of Reason magazine; Mollie Hemingway is a freelance journalist in DC; Megan Ward is the editor of the High Point Enterprise in High Point, North Carolina.; Lene Johansen is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia; Josiah Ryan is director of communications for the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute; Abby Alger directs New Media at the Leadership Institute; Brian DeNeve is a morning radio anchor for Wisconsin Radio News in Madison, Wisconsin; Katherine Mangu-Ward is the managing editor of Reason magazine; Radley Balko is an investigative journalist with the Huffington Post; Pete Weitzner is the director of the Broadcast Journalism Program at Chapman University; Kristen Cosby Diaz is a freelance television reporter in Jacksonville, Florida; Patrick McMenanim is senior producer with the Huffington Post’s online network; and Beverly Halberg is the president of the District Media Group. Most of the contributors have been journalists for ten to twenty years. They offer practical advice and anecdotes from their own careers. My aim is for them to serve as counselors and role models for you.
I want to thank the management team at the Institute for Humane Studies for their support. Chad Wilcox and Jennifer Thompson, my supervisors in 2011 and 2012, have been a constant encouragement.
I also want to thank Jennifer Zambone, Emma Elliott, Amanda Martin, and Corrie Schwab for editing the contributions.
I wish to particularly thank Jessica Cantelon, Senior Graphic Designer at the Institute for Humane Studies, for her indispensable help in putting this journalism career guide together.
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