Note to future journalists: Don’t get your parents to do it
Posted: January 1, 2013 Filed under: J-school, Newsroom | Tags: journalism, Journalism school, LinkedIn, Toronto Star
I got a lot of reaction after a mom reached out to me via LinkedIn looking to get her son, a journalism student, a summer job in our newsroom. (A few people suggested I hire the mom for her social media savvy.)
Sadly, it appears this isn’t the only student with parents more than keen to help.
Exhibit B: from the Toronto Star’s log of calls to its City Desk in 2012:
I’ve always thought the worst insult for a journalist is to be labelled lazy.
Great reporters, great journalists are tenacious. They are dogged. They are driven, sometimes to the point of obsession.
They don’t ask mom and dad for help.