The various media organizations we visited in New York provided valuable insight into the intersections of journalism, public relations and communication. It was interesting to learn about how our hosts got their jobs— especially given the diverse range of talents and specialties they all possessed, and how they each ft into a media-oriented profession.
One of my biggest takeaways was the importance of knowing how to write concisely and intelligently. Whether being proficient in a journalistic style of writing, or simply knowing how to draft professional emails or reports— writing skills are crucial to being an employable college graduate. Communicating efficiently through the written word is a skill that is necessary to work for any of the organizations we visited.
Knowing that good writing skills can be the deciding factor when a potential employer is considering you is encouraging to me as someone who is double-majoring in journalism and English writing. It also emphasized the fact that this is a prime time to be studying communication, as so much of what we experience as humans must be communicated through words by people such as journalists. Talking to Ryan at ProPublica about his investigative work confirmed our nation’s need for strong writers to tell untold stories.