Getting Started as a Journalist
Do you teach or are you a student interested in a journalism career? IHS has many resources available for people interested in journalism.
- First, download the free Journalism Career Guide from LibertyGuide.com. The introduction provides a good overview and direction for further developing as a journalist.
- Next, look into the journalism seminar at IHS. Also, aspiring journalists should not hesitate to contact John Elliott, the Journalism Program Director at IHS.
- Journalism is learned on the job. Write for the school newspaper or a local paper and learn by doing, not by majoring in journalism. Also remember: reporting, not op-eds.
Internships are another great way to gain experience on the job and often a necessary step in your career as a journalist.
- Through the Journalism Internship Program, IHS helps to place aspiring journalists in internships in the Summer, Fall and Spring. Deadlines are February 1st, July 1st and November 1st.
- The National Journalism Center offers internships in Washington, DC year round. NJC accepts applications on a rolling basis. They have 40 interns in the summer and 10 each in the Fall and Spring.
- The Collegiate Network has a limited number of summer internships. The early deadline is December 15th.
- The Student Free Press Association has an internship program which places interns primarily in Washington, DC. Please check their website for deadlines.