“Build the news upon the rock of truth and righteousness. Conduct it always upon the lines of fairness and integrity. Acknowledge the right of the people to get from the newspaper both sides of every important question.” – C.B. Dealy
This quote was engraved in the stone front of the Dallas Morning News building, towering above my head as I craned my neck to look at it this past Friday morning. As I walked in for my first informational interview, I did not know what to expect. Walking out of it, I felt like my entire view on the journalism industry had been shaken. This week, in my first ever informational interview, I gained extremely valuable knowledge from a very knowledgable professional. Many of my assumptions about the journalism field were debunked, and many of my questions were answered; I now feel as though I have a sense of direction in the vast journalism field.
For example, I was given the advice that if you want to be a journalist, don’t major in journalism, major in what you want to write about. This thought never even crossed my mind before it was presented to me, but it does make perfect sense. Wouldn’t it help more to be educated in the subjects you will be writing about rather than in how to write them? Additionally, I got some insight as to the differences between broadcast and print journalism from somebody who has experience in both fields. With this new knowledge and professional interview experience, I feel notably more confident taking further steps in my journalism study. With a new sense of direction and intention, I am looking forward to conducting more interviews and expanding my knowledge of the field even further.