January 17, 2008

Advice from Joe Grimm

I recently e-mailed Joe Grimm and asked him if he had any advice for college journalists. He responded with a couple tips:
  • "I always advise time-starved students to turn the writing they have to do for classwork into byline opportunities. Double-purposing this way saves time, it can bring clips, perhaps some money and a better grade. Look in 'Writer's Market' to discover a magazine that might buy a variation of that class assignment."
  • "Every college town is loaded with publications. Study them. Treat them as directories of writing opportunities and as sources of stories you can write for out-of-town publications. Smart journalists are always pitching stories that they have access to for distant publications."
Joe Grimm recruits for the Detroit Free Press and this year published "Breaking In: The www.jobspage.com Guide to Newspaper Internships." For more advice, visit newsrecruiter.com.

-Mark Grabowski

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Blogger rknil said...

Nothing for Money by Joe “Dinosaur” Grimm

I look at young journos that’s the way I do it
I try to act like I watch MTV
I ain’t thinkin’ that’s the way I do it
Money for nothin’ and clips for free
Now they like writin’ that’s the way you hook ‘em
Lemme tell ya young journos ain’t dumb
Maybe send a Twitter with their little finger
Maybe send a Twitter with their thumb

They’re hotter than a microwave oven
Summer sublets – with energy
I gotta know these Facebook wall writers
I gotta know these RCG’s

See the little journo with the flip-flops and the iPod
Yeah fuddy that’s what they wear
That little journo got his own Mac G4
That little journo he’s extraordinaire

They’re hotter than a microwave oven
Summer sublets – with energy
I gotta know these Facebook wall writers
I gotta know these RCG’s

I shoulda called my boss a dinosaur
I shoulda learned the word curmudgeon
Look at that drama, they got it bloggin’ in the newsroom
Man they can have some fun
And she’s in there, what’s that? Lovely and talented?
Bangin’ out a news scoop like Woodward and ‘Stein
She’s out bloggin’ that’s the way you do it
You do nothin’ for money get your clips for free

They’re hotter than a microwave oven
Summer sublets – with energy
I gotta know these Facebook wall writers
I gotta know these RCG’s

Now they’re out bloggin’; that’s the way they do it
You put the Webcam on the old PC
That’s their writin’ that’s the way they do it
Nothin’ for money and their clips for free
Nothin’ for money and clips for free

(RCG's = recent college graduates)

July 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM  

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