What news recruiters look for in student-journalists

The following is a cross-posted entry written by Yong Kyle Kim, a student AAJA Seattle member.

Many of the top U.S. news organizations attended the AAJA 2009 National Convention job fair in Boston.

Since it’s not everyday student journalists get the opportunity to talk to editors and recruiters from the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, USA Today and others, I took the liberty to ask some of them a simple question: what is the most important thing your news company looks for when a student journalist hands in an application for your internship program?

A recruiter from The Washington Post talks to a student journalist during the AAJA 2009 National Convention job fair in Boston
A recruiter from The Washington Post talks to a student journalist during the AAJA 2009 National Convention job fair in Boston
Here are their answers:

The knowledge to shoot and edit video, adapt and edit fast.
– Chona Camomot, multimedia producer for the Boston Globe.

At least one or two previous internship experience.
– Xavier Williams, human resources director for the Associated Press.

Enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge in technical skills and software proficiency.
– Corinne Perkins, editor for Reuters.

At least two years of hands on experience and multiple internships. Being able to tell the news on all platforms.
– Brooke Camp, recruiter for CNN.

Balance between journalism and knowledge of the financial world. Know the finance business and be able to tell it in a interesting way.
– Felise Matlock, human resources director for CNBC.

Ability and proficiency in telling stories on multiple platforms. Being well-rounded.
– Sara Goo, web editor for the Washington Post.

Enthusiasm, passion, skills and potential.
– Catalina Camia, Washington editor for USA Today (and former AAJA president).

Skills Focus, demonstrating a focus of interest and multiple internships. A strong emphasis in multimedia.
– Brent Jones, standards and recruitment editor for USA Today.

About Kyle Kim

Journalist experienced in multi-modal reporting. Throughout my four years of experience as a reporter, I have done everything from live-tweeting, producing video content, packaging online audio-visual galleries, creating websites, managing content systems and writing in-depth reports. He has a strong interest in the current state of the news industry, journalism, new media, digital technology and telling stories on multiple platforms. Aspiring international correspondent. View all posts by Kyle Kim →

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