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December 5th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

As I chatted with numerous college students and provided résumé critiques at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference, I was shocked by how many were majoring in print journalism. In fact, I’m pretty sure I laughed at the first “print journalism” major I met.


October 3rd, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Sometimes it’s obvious why you and a co-worker don’t get along. But what do you do when you and a co-worker have a chilly relationship, and you don’t know why? It’s not always clear what started it. Here are some things to consider if you want to improve a relationship with a difficult co-worker.


August 7th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Gen-J Toolbox

Ever been teased for how much you are on your phone? What about for how many apps you download? Most of you probably have, especially if you are one of the younger ones in the newsroom. Our ability to use and adapt to new technology is one of the reasons most “green” journalists are invaluable to a newsroom.


June 21st, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Gen-J Toolbox

April 2012 marked the end of a daunting job search that lasted more than six months. Goal: Land in a Top 20 Market or stay at my current station and wait for my contract to expire. The challenge was laid out, and it was the longest fight — albeit psychological — in my life.


April 5th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Gen J Toolbox

If you’re a reporter, interviewing a celebrity should be like interviewing an average Joe, right? Well, almost. Although you use the same J-school interviewing techniques, chatting with a famous person — even reality show personalities or D-listers — means dealing with a publicist, time or topic limitations, and possibly your own nerves.


February 6th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

If you’re at all interested in journalism in today’s world, you need a brand. A brand can be many things — it can be your name, or a pen name, or one of your interests. It becomes your Web calling card, and that is something you want to be consistent, strong and presentable.


December 2nd, 2011 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Embarking on the “broadcast television tour” can evoke excitement and panic. I have always compared it to a game of hopscotch: You can land in any state or country when you make jumps in your career. For this column I’ll assume you’ve landed that first reporting job.


October 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Make beat calls. Pitch three solid stories. Call and set up interviews. Wait for people to call you back to confirm interviews. Drive yourself to interviews. Pick up, carry and set up your own equipment. Take still photographs that represent your story on the Web.


August 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about happiness and making major life changes. Perhaps it’s because that’s the kind of thing I’ve been doing lately, so I want to read about other people doing it. Maybe it’s crazy, maybe it’s too abstract to be constructive, but at the same time, most of the books have been written by people at least 10 years older than me.


June 1st, 2011 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Lately I’ve been a walking commercial for LinkedIn — because if it weren’t for the professional social networking site, I might never have landed my current magazine job. When I moved to New York City from Rhode Island in December for my husband’s job, I applied to dozens of positions but, alas, received no bites.


April 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

It’s no secret that when a newsroom faces an ethical dilemma, the established veteran news manager who has seen it all gets the final say. An ethical guideline never originates from the new hire, or the straight-out-of-school cub reporter. Young, amateur journalists today are increasingly part of the millennial generation —those born after 1979.


December 2nd, 2010 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

It’s the end of yet another year, and as the holiday season begins to consume our lives and singers of the past attempt to entertain (or haunt) us with holiday music downloads, “best of” and “worst of” lists are taking over the radio, television and Internet.


October 11th, 2010 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

Saying the journalism job market is tough is like saying the Deepwater Horizon oil spill made a little mess: It’s an awesomely gross understatement. It’s hard out there. A small daily paper here in Alabama recently posted an entry-level reporting job on JournalismJobs.com.


August 2nd, 2010 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

With the U.S. economy still in a vulnerable position, more and more journalists are looking for extra work to supplement their incomes. And with so many non-journalists also looking for extra work, it’s easier for those in journalism to find work on the side as a freelancer.


March 31st, 2010 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Gen J Toolbox

Like most young journalists, I remember Facebook’s infancy. Back then, it was a way to maintain friendships and tag goofy photos of friends. Now, co-workers, superiors and grandparents send me friend requests. Suddenly, that image of me shot-gunning a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon isn’t so funny.


January 31st, 2010 • Quill Archives, Generation J Toolbox
Generation J Toolbox

All eyes were on Detroit in the spring when its two hometown papers, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, unveiled a radical plan for saving the newsroom and serving readers. Both papers cut home delivery to the three most popular days of the week —Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays — with single copies available at newsstands every day.