Category: Careers

The Skills of a Journalist

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Ohio University
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Looking to contribute his skills, Benjamin L. Schwartz from Glenview, Illinois, is looking for either a paid or unpaid internship in the Chicago area for the summer of 2017. Formerly a programming director at WGBK-FM in Glenview, Ben L. Schwartz is currently employed with the ACRN Radio Network in Athens, Ohio, where he develops and promotes on-campus events and concerts. He is dedicated to his current internship to expand his skills for his future career as a journalist and reporter.

Several qualities and skills contribute to being a successful journalist. The ability to multitask is a skill a reporter should have, as they will typically need to take instructions from their boss while finding reliable information to develop a story. The reporter should be scanning news sources, viewing related information, and interviewing sources while developing a legitimate, quality story.

Aside from multitasking, a journalist must be an efficient writer. Most people can sit down and write something, but a successful journalist should have immaculate writing skills, so they can effectively write a story that will go deep into into the subject, allowing readers an insightful and comprehensible description of the situation or event.

In addition to multi-tasking and being an efficient writer, a reporter needs to be open-minded. There will always be topics they don’t care for, or that they have strong views on, but in the interest of objectivity and for the sake and their readers, they need to resist the temptation of injecting their own views or biases while covering the story.

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Three Tips for Finding Your Radio Voice

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All Campus Radio Network
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In high school, Ben Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois, worked as his school radio station’s programming director. Now in college at Ohio University studying journalism, Benjamin L. Schwartz has his own radio show with the school’s online radio station.

Many radio hosts and on-air personalities seem to have a golden voice handed to them from on high, but a great radio voice only comes after years of practice and hard work. Follow these three tips to help you find your own radio voice.

1. Enunciate – With your voice being all your listeners have to go by, you cannot mumble or mince your words. One of the first keys to a good radio voice is enunciating your speech well. Say each word clearly and slowly. If it feels weird or silly, practice in front of the mirror until speaking clearly feels more natural.

2. Recover Quickly from Misspeaking – No matter how articulate and seasoned you are, you will make the occasional mistake on air, like mixing two words or pronouncing something incorrectly. Prevent the mistake from getting too much attention by quickly recovering and moving on. The more you focus on the mistake, the more your listeners will, too.

3. Be Authentically You – Your first instinct might be to put on an act or to try and sound how you think radio announcers are supposed to sound, but pretending to be something you are not hides the qualities that make you unique. While you can always strive to make your delivery and quality better, there is no need to try hiding an accent, speaking with inauthentic vocabulary, or pretending to be someone else.

Job Responsibilities of Journalists

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Ohio University
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Benjamin “Ben” L. Schwartz has worked as a summer camp assistant for Temple Beth-El, located just outside of Chicago in Glenview, Illinois. Currently, Ben Schwartz of Glenville is a student at Ohio University, where he is a member of the all campus radio network and pursues a journalism degree.

Individuals educated in the field of journalism have the skill set to enter career fields such as correspondents, news analysts, and reporters. Those working in these career fields are often generally referred to as journalists. Journalists can work on the staffs of newspapers, television or radio stations, Internet sites, or magazines, or they can act as freelance journalists. A 2014 survey indicates approximately 54,000 journalist jobs in the United States. In addition approximately 17 percent of journalists reported working on a freelance basis.

Journalists are responsible for keeping the public informed on news and events of interest. This work includes ongoing research into potential news topics. Additionally, journalist often interview individuals who are considered experts in a topic area or involved in a story in some way. Other work duties include writing and reviewing articles, analyzing and presenting information to an audience in an understandable way, and maintaining relationships with news sources and contacts.