Ok, so you just got a new journalism gig and a moving truck dropped you off in a town you’ve never been to or maybe never heard of! As a journalist, you’re expected to tell the stories of the people who live there, become a part of their community, and give a voice to the voiceless. That sounds like a tall task to a newcomer. Or maybe you’ve had a rough patch with building contacts and pitching original story ideas in a market you’ve been in for a while. It’s too late to turn back now. You’ve prayed for this and prepared for this now let me give you a tool to crush this.
The Journalist Journey is a yearlong daily planner I created specifically with you in mind. This planner allows you to structure your day, week, and month around your goals of becoming that go-to journalist in your newsroom. We all want to bring those lead story ideas to the table, break stories, and be a shining example of how to engage on social media. That doesn’t just happen. You have to plan for it. Inside this guide to navigate your own journey, you will find each section prompts you to perform a task and offers suggestions on how to complete it.
For example, one of my favorite sections: Hit The Ground Running, and don’t slow down! Don’t waste your week by just feeling your way through – hoping story ideas land in your lap. In this section, you’ll focus on source building and how to get yourself to the point people call YOU with story pitches. I’ll also dish out some of my useful or purpose-filled techniques like: setting up coffee meetings, attending community events, and introducing yourself to new contacts.