Susan Vail
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I'm Susan Vail, and I have been a journalist for 15 years. Since a very young age, I was fascinated by the world around me, and always wanting to learn more about it and to share my experiences with other people. As I grew older I realized that reporting and writing were my passions which is why I set off on a quest to become a journalist. In this article I'll share my personal story about the path I took to become a journalist, and I will offer suggestions and advice for anyone who wants to pursue this fulfilling and thrilling career. In addition, it is crucial to locate your sources where to select details. I, for example, choose the appropriate tools on
My journey to becoming a journalist started when I was in college. I was studying English as well as creative writing, and I realized that I wanted to use my writing abilities to make an impact in the world. I started writing for the college newspaper, covering local stories and news. The experience gave me an understanding of what it was like to be a journalist. I was convinced that it was the best career choice for me. After graduating from college, I started applying for jobs at publications and newspapers. I was aware that contest for these positions would be fierce, so I made sure to have an impressive portfolio of writing examples and networked with those in the industry. It took me several months, but finally, I got my first job as a reporter in an area newspaper. The newspaper experience was a great experience. I covered a variety of subjects including local politics, community events to breaking news. I learned how to write efficiently and succinctly as well as how to conduct interviews, and how to fact-check my work. I also discovered how important it is to build relationships with my sources and the community.
Networking is a must in the world of journalism. When I was first starting out, I had no idea of anyone in the industry, so I made a point of attending events and conferences that allowed me to connect with other editors and journalists. I also made contact with people on LinkedIn as well as different social networks. Making connections with other editors and journalists has proved an invaluable asset throughout my professional career. Not only have I learned a lot about my fellow colleagues but I have also been able to get information and tips on stories, which has helped me break some important stories in the news over the years.
If you're an aspiring journalist, there are a few steps you can take to increase the chances of being successful. Begin by building a strong portfolio of writing samples. These could include articles you wrote in your school newspaper blogs, blog posts, or freelance work you've completed. The second step is to network with others working in the business. Attend events and conferences, and contact people on social media. Building relationships with editors and other journalists can assist you in getting your foot in the door and also to discover job opportunities. Third, remain persistent. Journalism isn't easy to enter However, if you're persistent and work hard at it, eventually you'll be granted your first break.

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