For students interested in a career in journalism, here are three important items you will need.
Internships, great communication and a portfolio with a variety of skill sets.
Saturday during the Region 8 conference, students were told to intern as much as possible and when applying for jobs, develop a portfolio with a limitless amount of skills. The panelists also encouraged open communication between fellow journalists.
Panelists Maritza Calderon, meteorologist for Univision, Chris Eudally with Texas Public Radio, and David Saleh Rauf, reporter with the San Antonio Express-News said students wanting a career in journalism should always apply for internships. They told students that paid internships are not uncommon but do require a bit of searching.
David Rauf says he used his time from working for the Austin American Statesman as a full-time student and his internship with a small newspaper in New Braunfels to acquire a paid internship and then a full-time job for the San Antonio Express-News. Rauf says paid internships are available but requires searching and hunting to get them. He says they are super competitive and rejection should be expected.
Rauf said students shouldn't take internships for granted. "You shouldn't go in there like this is something that you're just going to walk away from; this is something that you're going to have this connection for the rest of your life," Rauf said.
Calderon says she didn't focus on broadcasting but on different organizations that were based under promotions and community affairs. She says, the Adelante fund helped her to get the internship after convincing she convinced them that it would help with her career.
Moderator Sanford Nowlin said student journalists who go above and beyond what is expected of them during their internship can gain more from their fellow journalists and those journalists will continue to be an advocate for them.
The panelists agree that most employers don't look at your degree and look at what you do in the field when they consider you for an internship or hiring.