As the journalism job market continues to change, Ohio University 

iournalism grads fnd themselves in varying positions. Some have Iound
work in their feld; some are completing internships; and others have
chosen to continue their journalism education by obtaining a master’s 
degree. All oI them. however. emphasize the need Ior current and Iuture
iournalism students to gain extensive experience while they`re still in
school and network as much as possible. Read on to gain a glimpse oI
what graduates oI the OU class oI 2009 are fnding as they enter the
iournalism feld.
Journalism Jobs
Jessie Balmert. who completed the News Writing & Editing
sequence. is one oI the students who was able to fnd
work in her feld directly aIter graduation. She writes
Ior the Newark Advocate in Newark. Ohio. covering its
crime and courts beat.
Balmert says that despite Iears that print iournalism
is diminishing. she did not want to do anything else aIter
graduating. 'I`d worked Ior The Post Ior Iour years. and all
oI my internships were in news print iournalism.¨ she said.
'Print was really something I was interested in.¨
    The Newark Advocate position is a perIect example oI
what iournalism grads can fnd iI they are willing to branch
out. Balmert says.
'II you`re willing to look out oI state. or iI you`re willing to
look at diIIerent publications you might not have considered at
frst. there is a lot oI work out there.¨ she said.
The most valuable experience Balmert gained Irom
OU was outside oI the classroom. and she encourages
students to take advantage oI the school`s extracurric­
ular iournalistic opportunities. 'Although I learned a
lot Irom my classes. I learned so much more by actually
applying what I learned in class.¨ she said.
Doing internships during college is important as well. she
added. The hands-on. proIessional experience they oIIer is invalu­
able when a student is looking Ior a iob aIter graduation. 'I can
guarantee I would not have gotten a iob without the internships
that I had.¨ she said.
II students are willing to be fexible in their iob searches and come
armed with experience Irom extracurriculars and internships. Balmert
says. fnding a iob
in journalism should 
be doable.
Internships
   Other grads 
complete additional
internships while
searching Ior a
Iull-time position.
Melanie Barnes 
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and Nicole Batchelor. who completed the Magazine sequence. both
went through two internships while searching Ior a Iull-time iob in the
iournalism feld.
Barnes. who has moved to New York to complete an internship and
search Ior a position with a magazine there. says it is important to be
willing to look at smaller. less common magazines she Iound out about
many oI them through ED2010.
'It made me Ieel that there were more options out there.¨ she said.
  Students who are close to graduating. Barnes says.
should start iob hunting beIore they leave OU and
should make sure they have experience Irom intern­
ships.
'I had no idea there were so many internships out there.¨
she said. 'Students should defnitely get an internship.¨
Similarly. Nicole Batchelor began applying Ior iobs once
she graduated and Iound two unpaid internships in South
Carolina. one with a magazine and the other with a market­
ing and PR frm.
The experience she gained with those internships
changed the way she is conducting her job search, Batch­
elor said.
'The magazine internship was great. but I didn`t have
much opportunity to write.¨ she said. 'I think the market­
ing and PR internship was better because I was putting
together media kits. Now. I`m trying to fnd work in
that area.¨
The education she received Irom Scripps was
valuable. Batchelor said. because she gained expe­
rience in many areas in iournalism.
     'A lot oI people are impressed that I can do design
work  as well as being able to write.¨ she said. 'Don`t iust
stick in your sequence.¨
Graduate School
Some iournalism graduates have decided to go on to grad school
and Iurther their iournalism education in an eIIort to gain a leg up
in today`s iob market. Noelle Albert. who completed the Carr Van
Anda in Advertising and Public Relations. is now attending Syra­
cuse University to obtain a master`s degree in advertising.
Albert searched Ior a iob immediately aIter graduating. but when
nothing turned up and she got into Syracuse. she decided to go the grad
school route.
'The economy is really bad these days. and I know very Iew people
who actually have a iob in some iournalistic or communication area.¨
she said.
Albert will graduate next summer and hopes to become a government
employee doing communication work in the public aIIairs oIfce.
For students who are still looking. Albert says not to give up. 'Be
persistent.¨ she said. 'Be the nagging reporters that Scripps has taught us
to be. That`s the best way to fnd a iob.¨ #
 
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Photoiournalism is an art that has been around Ior decades. but in
today`s technologically advanced society. taking digital photographs has
never been easier. With the technology we have acquired. iournalists can
produce their own photographs in a timely manner. You don`t need to
own expensive equipment to produce an eIIective image. The Iollowing
seven tips are to help you ensure an excellent photo Ior a story.
Tip #1: Scope out the location(s) where you will be shooting photos.
You should Iamiliarize yourselI with the location beIore you actually
start taking pictures. This way you can determine what setting will look
best Ior your shot.
Tip #2: Find the light.
It is important when taking pictures to fnd the best available light.
Lighting can set the mood oI a photo as well as enhance it.
Tip #3: Use the ñash setting on your camera only when necessary.
I`m sure you`ve seen pictures oI individuals who look 'washed out¨.
This is an aIter-eIIect oI using the fash on your camera. The only time
you need to use fash is iI you`re shooting in a low-light setting. This
includes dimly-lit rooms and nighttime.
Tip #4: Fill the frame.
It`s critical to fll the Irame with the obvious subiect matter. You want
to produce an image that is easy to view in print whether it be on a news­
paper. magazine or book.
Tip #5: Compose your photo thoughtfully. 
Try not to shoot a photo with a distracting background. unless the
distractions add context to the picture. Don`t be aIraid to shoot Irom diI­
Ierent angles. Remember. you want your subiect to stand out.
Tip #6: Focus. Focus. Focus.
It`s important to have your subiect matter in Iocus. You can use the
automatic Iocus oI your camera. which is usually done by halI-pressing
the shutter button. For close-ups. use the 'macro¨ mode oI your camera.
Tip #7: Take a lot of photos.
Don`t be scared to fll up your memory card. The more images you
take. the better. This creates a bigger selection Ior you to choose Irom in
the end.
II you Iollow the seven tips listed above. you`ll be on your way to snap­
ping eIIective photographs. It`s up to you to use your creativity to tell a
story; aIter all. we know that stories don`t tell themselves. #
'You`re going to Mexico? Won`t you get swine fu? Isn`t it dangerous?
What about all of the drugs and violence?¨
After telling people my plans of studying abroad for Winter
Quarter in Mérida, Mexico, I receive a ton of mixed reactions
and worried responses. Yes, I`ll be there for 10 weeks. I
have received Hepatitis A, H1N1 and seasonal fu vaccina!
tions, and swallowed four very tiny and tasteless Typhoid
pills. And although drugs and violence can be found in many
places around Mexico, Mérida is one of the safest cities in the
country.
'Do you even know Spanish? How do you prepare for
something like that? You better be careful down there.¨
I may not be fuent in Spanish yet, but I have been taking
language and cultural courses since middle school. There
are about 40 Ohio University students traveling to Mérida
through the Offce of Education Abroad`s Programa Mayab.
All of us met with the program directors for two hours each
week last quarter to learn about the city, cultural differences
and our host families. We heard from former participants who advised
us about what to bring, what to do and what to avoid during our visit.
We listened to several scary stories about students who made the wrong
decisions and got hurt or in trouble and were advised to stray from com!
ing home with similar stories. Yes, of course I will be
careful.
Mérida is the capital of the State of Yucatan and is
located on the northeast side of the peninsula, which
is about a four-hour bus ride from Cancún and a
30-minute cab ride to the city of Progreso`s beaches
on the Gulf of Mexico. So much for snow and ice this
winter.
The program has great benefts that cater to
my magazine journalism major. Learning another
language, and hopefully becoming fuent in it, is an
obvious advantage, while living abroad is a defnite
résumé builder and conversation piece during an
interview.
Winter in Mérida will be flled with eye-opening
experiences and cultural adventures that warm me up
just writing about them. I promise to keep an open
mind and upload pictures to Facebook as often as I can. If you have any
suggestions, questions or thoughts, feel free to contact me at cg197008@
ohio.edu. #
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Writers. photographers. editors and travel enthusiasts are all
encouraged to apply Ior a summer multimedia internship in Urbino.
Italy. The Urbino View magazine is an English-language publication
developed by a group oI iournalism students that includes news and
Ieature stories about the City oI Urbino and
the Marche region oI Central Italy.
The program runs June 3 through July 2.
with some room and board included in the 
$3.900 program cost. Between Iour and 10
students will be accepted and will live in
dormitories at the University oI Urbino.
Although the Institute Ior Education in
International Media (ieiMedia) has been
hosting summer study abroad programs
since 2002. this is the frst Iormal magazine
internship opportunity in Urbino. according
to ieiMedia Executive Director Rachele
Kanigel. Last summer several students created the frst issue oI Urbino
View with the help oI a Iaculty advisor. This summer. Katherine GriIfn.
a Iormer magazine editor and current proIessor UC Berkeley Graduate
School oI Journalism. will be assisting students with the editing and
design process.
'Last year our students interviewed a Franciscan monk. a Iamily oI
beekeepers. a sandal maker. a sommelier/restaurateur. an internationally
known Iashion designer and a luthier. as well as local police. city and
regional oIfcials and residents oI the town.¨
Kanigel said in an e-mail.
Kanigel said that she usually receives up to 35
applications Ior the multimedia internship programs
Irom students and recent college graduates Irom
San Francisco to Maryland as well as Ireland and
Puerto Rico.
'We like to see students who are truly curious
and interested in learning about other cultures.
Students should be open to new experiences and to
developing new skills.¨ Kanigel said. 'Several oI
our students have described the program as a liIe-
changing experience. Students go home armed with
new skills but also with a new way oI looking at the world.¨
For more inIormation. interested students or recent grads should
check out the program`s Web site at ieimedia.com or send an e-mail to
urbinoproiect(gmail.com. #
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Inc: What`s keeping you busy these days?
Hornbeck: I`m an editorial assistant at Law360.com in New York. We`re
a newswire for business lawyers, and our subscribers include all of the
top domestic law frms, government agencies (such as the Department
of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission), special interest groups
and other legal professionals-basically anyone who needs to know the
latest legal developments every business day. We write between 70 and
80 stories each day that go out on 16 wires based on practice area or
industry. I write a couple of stories each week, get case information from
the state and federal courthouses downtown, act as the contact person
between editorial and subscribers and monitor other news sources and
government agencies (such as the Securities and Exchange Commission)
for possible stories. It`s a really cool place to work. The work itself is
very traditional, AP-style journalism, but the business model is com!
pletely digital and targeted at an informed, industry subscriber base. It
was founded by one guy in 2003 and now there are about 60 employees,
most of whom are reporters. I have to pinch myself sometimes to believe
that I`m at a media company that`s not only making money and hiring
people, but where I love the work, too.
Inc: The journalism school is currently going through a curriculum
review. Any suggestions?
Hornbeck: Eliminate the sequences. At least as far as the magazine,
news-editorial and online sequences go, the distinction is pretty mean!
ingless in the professional world. I was in the magazine sequence, but
most of my jobs has been more akin to news-editorial work, and I`ve
done quite a bit of video and multimedia work, too. For example, at
Global Custodian, I wrote news and feature stories for the magazine,
shot and edited video interviews that were posted on the Web and man!
aged the magazine`s online news aggregator. At Law360, we are com!
pletely digital-there has never been a print product-but we write hard
news, inverted pyramid newswire stories. Neither job fts into any sort
of 'sequence.¨ They used to say that the distinction between print and
digital was blurring, but I think that at this point it`s completely gone.
"
Inc: What is one skill that you picked up at Scripps that helped you
succeed after graduation?
Hornbeck: It`s hard to narrow it down to just one, but 'networking¨ has
defnitely been a huge help to me professionally. When I hear people
make suggestions about 'how to network,¨ it usually sounds pushy and
overt, but to me networking is really nothing more than being friendly
and staying in contact with any people you know in a professional
context. You don`t do it because you think it will get you something
some day, although that can certainly happen. I have a lot of friends who
work at media companies in New York, most of whom I knew from my
time in Athens. Knowing people in your industry can be very helpful
when you`re job-hunting, as much for the advice and camaraderie as for
job leads. Plus, if you really are interested in media and journalism, you
should enjoy talking about it, whether it`s the state of the industry, an
article you read or how a Web site is adding multimedia content. Mostly,
my OU/journalism 'network¨ in New York has been nothing more than
my friends who also happen to work in my feld. If you`re working and
proactive in the industry, 'networking¨ should be happening naturally-
in fact, as a student you`re probably already networking without even
knowing it.
"
Inc: What kind of memorable moments do you have from spending
winters in Athens?
Hornbeck: I remember winters being the worst in Athens, but there
were good times, too. When I could drag myself out of bed early on a
weekend morning it was wonderful to curl up with a coffee in Donkey
before it was busy and watch everyone out in the cold walking down
Washington Street.
"
Inc: What do you miss the most about OU/Athens/Scripps?
Hornbeck: Defnitely the people. I spent a day down in Athens when I
was back in Ohio for Christmas, and it made me miss all of the amazing
friends I made during my four years there. Enjoy it, because even though
Athens will always be there, the people that make Athens feel like home
will be gone. Luckily there are a ridiculous number of Scripps grads here
in New York, but it`s still not the same as being in Athens.
"
Inc: If you could go back and change one thing during your college
career, what would it be and why?
Hornbeck: I would have written even more than I did. When I look back,
I did do a lot of writing when I was on campus-I worked for The Post,"
I did freelance work, I did an on-campus PACE internship with Perspec-
tives Magazine and I worked with a photographer on a senior profes!
sional project called 'Patching Up Paradise¨ (http://patchingparadise.
com)-but being in school is perhaps the last time that you can easily
do stories for no other reason than you fnd them interesting. No matter
what you`re telling your parents, being a student doesn`t take nearly
as many hours out of your day as working full-time does. There are so
many great stories in southeast Ohio just waiting to be told, and being
a student gives you the latitude to write without having to worry about
necessarily getting paid for it. When you have to support yourself on
your freelance writing, how much the assignment pays is more important
than if it`s interesting! Chasing possible stories and pitching them for
publication will teach you as much, if not more, than writing an article
for a class. Plus, employers are only interested in your published clips,
not pieces you`ve written for a class. The more you write, the more clips
and the more skills you`ll have. You really can`t write too much. #