While Michigan was cold and blustery on Thursday, Adam Neal was basking in the sun of a 70 degree day in Florida. Neal, the metro/investigative editor at TCPalm, skyped with my convergence journalism class. TCPalm is a multimedia news site that uses different forms of media to tell stories. It utilizes programs such as Dipity,Vimeo, and Prezi.
Neal talked about modern day journalism and the importance of technology in the changing business. He included some great tips for journalism students looking to break into the field.
1) Don’t be afraid to try something new: Be creative and be competitive.
According to Neal, employers are always looking for employees who stand out from others. Journalists should try out stories that are different and unique.
2) Always remember basic journalism.
Editors don’t have time to review AP Style with a new employee. Journalists should have knowledge of social media and new technologies, but it is important to not forget basic fundamentals of journalistic writing.
3) Don’t be afraid to leave the area and try new places.
Neal left Michigan to work in Florida. Working in a place that is not familiar can lead to exciting stories and great learning experiences.