JSchool students attend NY Times workshop
By Kate Hiller
On the 15th floor of a New York City skyscraper, there is an entire wall dedicated to Pulitzer Prize winners and their stories, conference rooms named after war correspondents killed on the job, and a room simply labeled “ideas.”
On April 12, 2013, approximately 100 collegiate journalists from across the country converged for advice and anecdotes about working as professional journalists.
“You’re hungry – and I really love that about you.”
With these words spoken, Janet Elder, Assistant Managing Editor for the New York Times, began her speech at the 2013 Student Editors’ Workshop at the Times building in Manhattan.
This year marked the 5th annual conference for collegiate newspaper editors whose schools participate in the New York Times Newspaper Readership Program. Sophomores Lindsay Friedman and Jim Ryan flew to New York City last weekend to represent Ohio University.
“Find the right environment.”
“Take the time to take a class on shorthand, or develop your own.”
“Learn the language of your beat.”
“Use every sense – that’s what makes the reporting come alive.”
Advice was offered to students from various speakers. Among the most notable were media columnist and culture reporter David Carr and religion beat reporter Laurie Goodstein.
Carr’s 30-minute speech was about social media and branding oneself online.
“You’ve gotta make sure you use Twitter, and that it doesn’t use you,” he said. “It’s a thing, not the thing.”
Carr also stressed the importance of respecting and representing the organization.
“Even though I swear a lot in real life, I don’t swear a lot of Twitter because I work at The New York Times,” he said. “There are not many rules at The New York Times – (but) the fundamental rule is that you compose yourself like you work for The New York Times.”
Goodstein’s speech concentrated on the value of reporting, which she explained by parodying a bible verse (1 Corinthians 13:13):
“And now these three remain: writing, editing, and reporting. But the greatest of these is reporting.”
Reporting, she added, is where the real value is in journalism. It is what leaves a mark on the world.
The staff at The New York Times is the same size as it was 10 years ago, even with the modernization of the newsroom, Elder said.
“It’s soon to be your time,” she said. “It’s soon to be in your hands. Let’s see what you can do.”
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