My Advice to Conservative College Students Who Want to Become Journalists

As my last post discusses, it’s not to go to journalism school.

Instead, my advice is to attend one of the media internship programs at the National Journalism Center.

The NJC runs a series of programs in which it helps participants find internships at media outlets.  Monday through Thursday, the participants work at their internships; then on Friday they attend lectures about journalism and the media.  Some of the outlets where the NJC frequently place interns include: Fox News, the Daily Caller, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator and Human Events.

Alumni of the NJC include Ann Coulter, Malcolm Gladwell, Greg Gutfeld, and John Fund.

As my last post discusses, journalism schools do not do as well at placing their graduates in journalism jobs and internships. Meanwhile, however, the NJC thrives. By design, all of the students accepted to one of the NJC’s programs obtain an internship in journalism. Of the students who graduate and are “truly committed to a career in journalism,” nearly all find a job in journalism, says Hannah Jackman, the Program Director at the NJC.

According to Jackman, many conservative news outlets based near NJC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. are especially interested in hiring NJC interms. Outlets like the Daily Caller, the Washingon Examiner, the Washington Times and Human Events are “constantly asking us to recommend candidates to work for them,” says Jackman.

  1. genferei

    Do you not think that pretending the journalistic virtues are the “responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting” and that it is possible and desirable to “combat[] bias in the mainstream media” the NJC is just entrenching the position of that same mainstream media which celebrates and rewards progressive advocacy, while pretending otherwise?

    Now, a National Journalism Eradication Centre I could get behind…

  2. Duane Oyen

    Wouldn’t you add “become wonkishly knowledgeable about something”?

    The world is full of empty-headed, slogan-spouting kids on both Left and Right whose goal is to become a Famous Talking Head.  Who cares to listen to that stuff, as opposed to, say, Avik Roy, who has strong education and training and understands many policy issues? 

    Everyone is in a hurry to become famous without doing the real prep.

  3. Reckless Endangerment

    Hannah was a tremendous presence at CPAC and said hi to us at the Ricochet booth. She is really top notch.

  4. Tim Groseclose
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    Duane Oyen: Wouldn’t you add “become wonkishly knowledgeable about something”?

    Good point.  And Michael Lewis agrees.  ”And if you really feel the need to be in school,” he says,  ”the best things to study are history, economics, law — subjects where there is actually a body of knowledge you can draw from.”

  5. Tim Groseclose
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    Reckless Endangerment: Hannah was a tremendous presence at CPAC and said hi to us at the Ricochet booth. She is really top notch. · 21 minutes ago

    Amen!  And doing a great job to keep NJC great.

  6. Crow
    Duane Oyen: Wouldn’t you add “become wonkishly knowledgeable about something”?

    The world is full of empty-headed, slogan-spouting kids on both Left and Right whose goal is to become a Famous Talking Head.  Who cares to listen to that stuff, as opposed to, say, Avik Roy, who has strong education and training and understands many policy issues? 

    Everyone is in a hurry to become famous without doing the real prep. · 1 hour ago

    Couldn’t agree more, Duane. 24hr cable news exacerbates this tendency because it needs commentary and guests, and so frequently people with very little grounding on the issues–but who aren’t shy about their opinions (and thus, to anyone who knows anything about the issue, they aren’t shy about putting their own ignorance on public display)–get invited to speak.

  7. Troy Senik, Ed.

    Alumni of the NJC include Ann Coulter, Malcolm Gladwell, Greg Gutfeld, and John Fund.

    (Ahem) … and Troy Senik … so they’re not perfect. But I would very much recommend this for anyone who knows a young conservative looking to go into journalism.

    Also, Duane’s point above is spot on. As I’ve told every college audience I’ve ever spoken to, the two greatest forms of professional malpractice are writers who get journalism degrees and teachers who get education degrees. Learn a subject. A craft can only be learned on the job anyway.

  8. Tim Groseclose
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    Troy Senik, Ed.

    Alumni of the NJC include Ann Coulter, Malcolm Gladwell, Greg Gutfeld, and John Fund.

    (Ahem) … and Troy Senik … · 1 hour ago

    Whoa!  How fantastic!  NJC is even more awesome than I thought!!