I try to bring as many guests into my classroom as possible. For starters, this is an excellent way to decrease the amount of time I need to prepare for any given class … I kid, of course.

In reality, I bring folks in to offer up different perspectives, to help flush out something that I’ve discussed or to add new knowledge that I don’t have to share. The last few folks have all been asked the same question towards the end of their discussions, and I’m going to start sharing those answers with all of you because today’s was just simply amazing.

Mandrallius Robinson from the Greenville (S.C.) News was with my Multimedia Journalism class this afternoon. Robinson, a six-year veteran of the News, was “volunteered” last spring to go through Gannett’s video training. He has quickly become a rising star, putting together two sports “shows” every week for the paper.

The question: What five things must every newly-graduated journalist know?

  1. Have an open mind
  2. Precision – be careful in your choice of words, avoid clichés
  3. Pay attention to co-workers – they can help
  4. Find a way to keep your drive
  5. Journalism is a service

An excellent list, I thought.

Mark E. Johnson

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