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.