The Journalism Department’s Society of Professional Journalists hosted its fifth annual Journalism Jobs Boot Camp for
journalism majors pondering professional prospects. Tweets tell the tale.
The hash tag
#JJOBS13 took over social media on Thursday, September 26, 2013, with two Indiana
University of Pennsylvania journalism alumni arriving on campus for the annual Journalism Jobs Boot Camp.
Mike Wilson (’11), a former SPJ president, is now working as a sports editor for
Mainline Newspapers in Ebensburg. Andrew Carr (’09) is a cops-and-courts
reporter for the Carlisle (Pa.) Sentinel. Both told journalism undergrads in
Eberly 121 how to succeed after they leave IUP.
three dozen students in attendance, questions flowed. Journalism Department
chairwoman Michele Papakie tweeted, “Sitting at the J-Job Boot Camp… so proud
of my colleague, our two alumni, SPJ and all of the j-students who are here
on how technology has helped him and his readers when he has been on the job out
in the field. Twitter has allowed him to report events live with photos and brief
teasers of news developments.
Wilson agreed that rejection in the hunt for jobs will happen, a lot. On the
other hand, persistent graduates will be successful.
“Take full advantage of internships,” Wilson
advised. “They are professional settings and give you a real-world scenario.”
that it is never too soon to network. Wilson said the key is who you know, not
what you know.
with a tweet: “You’re right Mike, it is WHO you know to GET the job; but, WHAT
you know will help you to KEEP that job! #JJobs13.”
conclusion of the hour-and-a-quarter event, members of the audience took the
speakers’ advice and chatted one-on-one with both.
For more information about IUP’s
chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, contact faculty adviser
David Loomis, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
Department of Journalism