Publishing, Journalism, and Writing
Publishing, journalism, and writing leverages the written word in the transmission of knowledge through the creation of books, newspapers and broadcasts, magazines, and online content. While traditional print media are being rapidly digitized, the process of writing and conveying information is still a critical skill. In addition, those interested in entering the field must be able to conduct independent, unbiased, and nonpartisan research and reporting. Subfields include creative writing, print and broadcast journalism, technical and niche writing, editorial and copywriting, and online content development and web writing.
Those interested in writing careers should explore the variety of ways in which knowledge is created and communicated. Creative writers should explore how books, plays, poetry, and other genres are authored and distributed. Aspiring publishers can intern in a variety of settings, including corporate and independent publishing houses, literary agencies, magazine publishers, and online content distributors. Additionally, niche and technical writing can include a wide variety of interests such as food, science, technology, environmental, and other fields.
Successful candidates have:
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills, with a strong emphasis on detail
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to ask questions and remain attentive to details in conversations
- Excellent writing and communications skills, both online and in person
- Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in publishing and/or writing
- Time management and multitasking skills with proven ability to meet deadlines
- Solid computer skills, including desktop publishing, social media, online content creation, and research
- Ability to drive change and innovation by improving work product or process where appropriate
- Internship Cycle - Occurs later than many other industries with heaviest being throughout the spring semester and summer; applications typically become available in the fall or winter (start early!)
- Job Cycle - Occurs later than many other industries with heaviest being throughout the spring semester
- Vault Guide (access within Handshake*)
- American Copy Editors Society
- American Society of Magazine Editors
- Radio and Television Digital News Association
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- Society of American Business Editors and Writers
- Investigative Reporters and Editors
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