Over the course of this week, I have corresponded with five professional individuals in journalism about informational interviews, have scheduled two, and am in the process of scheduling the other three. I am finding that my professional communications skills get better with each encounter, and I hope that my interview skills will follow suit with each subsequent interview. My first six-weeks marking period in ISM has been a great start to my journalism experience, as I have acquired many important lessons in professionalism. Through my interview experience as well as in-class aid, I have learned how to effectively communicate with professionals, conduct interviews, manage my time, and create a professional résumé.
However, I would still like to gain more insight on topics specific to journalism, such as the inner workings of print and online journalism, how writing about different types of stories affects the way a journalist approaches it, and the many career paths that one can take to become a journalist.
Moving into the coming weeks, I will be focusing on conducting successful interviews and absorbing as much new information as possible. My growing network of contacts and my consistently expanding knowledge of the journalism field will be instrumental to my success in ISM, so building these will be my primary focus in the near future. I am growing increasingly comfortable in the professional world, and I look forward to more experience in it.