So as you read in my last blog, my latest internship has come to an end. My college semester is coming to an end, too. For a month I will have free time. Now, most college students would go home and surrender to a workless month, but since when as a striving journalist have you been able to take a break?
I hope young journalists see that when these opportune moments arise to “make the next chess move” in a career, or essentially when things end, that they get into something new right off the bat. I mean, when you quit writing for one, get right back into another. You’re fresh off the press. Your pens are hot from writing in the last job. Don’t stop getting published now.
I think what I am trying to say is that you can’t stop your stride. For the last three months and before that a year; and before that a year, I have been writing. I never stopped my stride. I think that it is always important, as a journalist building a career, to keep an eye on what you are doing.
(Check out what Steve Martin has to say about building a dream career.)
Are you gaining reputation in the business? Are you networking? Are you out there writing and creating news? If you stop, people stop thinking about you. Editors and connections quit saying your name, and faster than you know you’re out of the loop. Back out there trying to get connections to find somewhere to write.
My internship ended yesterday, so today I applied to a few writing gigs. Two magazines, a online blog and some other small things. It is about keeping your name in the loop and keeping your chess moves sharp, and thought out.
Don’t stop your stride.