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Key to Success, Power of the Press

Key to Success, Power of the Press

By Alexis Clark

Meter Staff Writer

“Get your feet wet with The Meter, then from there go for the next step,” says Gethan Ward who paid The Meter staff a visit to inform us of the steps to succeed.

Ward is business journalist who writes for the Tennessean and an active member of the National Association of Black Journalist. Ward is also a TSU professor teaching fundamentals of media writing.

Ward, a business journalist for the Tennessean, started off writing for a local newspaper in West Africa at the age of 15, became the editor of his high school newspaper then traveled to the states to farther his education in Nashville.

He gave the Meter staffs tips on how your career should be your passion.

“What do you like to write about? You have to become flexible,” says Ward. He explained how newspapers are looking for people who can tell stories on a diverse platform. Not only are writing skills important, but knowing how to work the camera, record, and edit are essential abilities as well because technology’s growing at a rapid past.

Also, try to get your name out there, start networking and grabbing viewer’s attention.  

Ward details the importance of becoming adaptable and open minded to learn new things.

Start blogging, even try creating your own online publication. Learn how to manage your time better and how to prioritize. We all know that being successful takes time, knowledge, money and plenty of resource but it all pays off in the long run.

“Be the best reporter you can be because when people look to hire they look for range.”

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

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