When he landed everyone’s dream job at brand name journalism’s best funded roach motel Fusion, Felix Salmon became the target of a lot of hopeful young go-getters who want to “meet for coffee” (i.e. ask him for a dream job at Fusion). In the guise of “Advice For Young Journalists” he wrote them an open letter telling them yes, he made it, but sadly they will not. The good times ended the moment I signed my fat Fusion deal, says Felix. So sorry for your pathetic dreams, but you should go into P.R. He has a point: if you can be discouraged from any career by a well-paid Old telling you to give up, then you should give up! It’s probably not for you. But Salmon’s actual story is that of a hard-working reporter who put in years learning his craft, and there’s no particular reason to think that won’t work for anyone now.
Of course this opened the floodgates and everyone wanted to share their #AdviceForYoungJournalists, which is somehow still trending? It’s been a couple of really slow days in tabs, to be honest. Ezra Klein, never one to shy away from a trending hashtag, offered his advice, which is, you know, fine. Yglesias found the data-journalism angle, reporting that journalist salaries are also basically fine. Chris “Take Off Every” Ziegler positively encourages the young’uns to get into journalizing which may be a little too strong? Kristin Hare aggregated a recent history of advice for young journalists for Poynter. This is a few years old, but you can literally never go wrong asking Ann Friedman for advice. Alexandra Petri implemented the Washington Post’s new “create puzzlement” content strat in her advice for young journalists, but she also offers some incontrovertibly-true nuggets of wisdom such as: “Exchange places with an old (in journalism, 40) year-old man. / Leave his body at a cross-roads. Put coins on his tongue to compensate him for his content.” That’s how I made it, and in two more years, that’s how I’ll go out.
— Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) February 10, 2015
Finally Alex Balk offers his advice to young people in general, summed up by the url slug “/die-early.” It’s pretty good advice, until he gets to the usual nonsense about how everything is getting worse, which Olds have been telling Youngs since God was like “everything really was a lot better before you ate that apple, asshole.”
My own advice for young journalists? Write words. Not too many. Mostly good.
#AdviceForOldMediaOrgs: What was the internet? Who cares, it’s just Facebook now. Shut down the home page, or gamify it, or whatever. Forget everything you thought you knew and distribute your content to the platforms!
You know it’s a slow news day when the intern is watching MSNBC:
This intern has some things to say. Someone give her a writing job before the intern tab turns into a daily #longread.
It Will Never Stop Being Funny: that Bitcoin owners give their digital cash to someone else and then are shocked when they don’t get it back.
Today’s Song: Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker the Berry“
~Do not listen to your comrades. Do not release the tabs from the bag.~
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