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Becoming a journalist

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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby cfimages » 09 Dec 2011, 15:02

The first question to ask - can you write?

Seriously.

Post a link to some samples of previous work and maybe some people can point you in the right direction.

Never written before? Then at the very least, pick a topic, start a blog and get cracking.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby Incubus » 09 Dec 2011, 15:36

Funk500 wrote:Ladyfunk used to be a reporter/anchor.

Wow, really? What channel was she on? Wonder if she's one of those I had the hots for.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby joshuaintaiwan » 09 Dec 2011, 22:19

cfimages wrote:The first question to ask - can you write?

Seriously.

Post a link to some samples of previous work and maybe some people can point you in the right direction.

Never written before? Then at the very least, pick a topic, start a blog and get cracking.


I don't have a blog yet. Here's a poem I wrote last year. Tell me what you think:

Midnight in Toronto
Crossroads of Cultures
Revolution of Races
Is that a dog I see?
A cat?
A fixture of collective imagination?
Midnight
In Toronto
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby ironlady » 09 Dec 2011, 23:20

Based on that, I'd call the China Post.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby joshuaintaiwan » 10 Dec 2011, 06:18

ironlady wrote:Based on that, I'd call the China Post.


Thanks very much. I'm glad you like the poem. China Post is looking for people right now. Is it a good place to work? I don't care too much about the pay, but I'd like to learn from some experienced journalists.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby sam_wong » 13 Dec 2011, 00:26

China Post Taipei Times both have job.
I think China Post better newspaper.
Have more news.
But I think politics China Post not same same Taipei Times.
Taipei Times like DPP.
China Post like KMT.
I think ask both give you a job.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby Dial » 13 Dec 2011, 03:01

joshuaintaiwan wrote:
cfimages wrote:The first question to ask - can you write?

Seriously.

Post a link to some samples of previous work and maybe some people can point you in the right direction.

Never written before? Then at the very least, pick a topic, start a blog and get cracking.


I don't have a blog yet. Here's a poem I wrote last year. Tell me what you think:

Midnight in Toronto
Crossroads of Cultures
Revolution of Races
Is that a dog I see?
A cat?
A fixture of collective imagination?
Midnight
In Toronto


That's an awesome poem. Have you thought of writing poetry for a living? I've heard that some English teachers make quite a decent supplementary income by moonlighting as poets.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby tango42 » 13 Dec 2011, 03:29

sam_wong wrote:China Post Taipei Times both have job.
I think China Post better newspaper.
Have more news.
But I think politics China Post not same same Taipei Times.
Taipei Times like DPP.
China Post like KMT.
I think ask both give you a job.


Following up on (fictional) sam_wong you can probably get a job at Taipei Times or China Post. They have ads in their papers, or go hang out at some pubs in Taipei, or attend some events like socials, business meet ups, holiday partys, golf, and you'll bump into other journalists that work/have worked for them and they can hook you up. Buy 'em a beer, introduce them to a hot chick, you are in.

Oh, and try to get familiar with a specific area of journalism, like local politics, entertainment, military, economics, agriculture, regional politics, or something and get to know the names and try to meet some of the people in the industry you are interested in and that will help a lot.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby Flicka » 14 Dec 2011, 11:31

I can't believe the number of smart ass answers to this newcomer's questions.

If you are just starting out, an editing or reporting job at one of the local English papers is probably the way to go, although if you don't have any work experience, getting a work permit in order to be able to work at one of these places might be hard. Expect to have to edit the paper at nights, several weeks without a day off, and no social life for a while, until your Chinese improves and you have the experience to move to one of the new agencies.
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Re: Becoming a journalist

Postby the bear » 14 Dec 2011, 12:02

Flicka wrote:I can't believe the number of smart ass answers to this newcomer's questions.



Sorry Flicka but I think you'll find the OP is no longer with us...he was posting a succession of deliberately asinine questions and suffered the inevitable consequences.
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