Sunday, January 31, 2010
"THE ONLY WAY to Get a Job at a Newspaper is to take a Newspaper Journalism Course"
This is nothing personal against Ted Woloshyn. I don't know him and I hear he's a nice guy but if he never took a Newspaper Journalism course the Toronto Sun editor Rob Granatstein should not have called him(Woloshyn) asking if he wants to write a column for them.
If Mr. Woloshyn wanted to be a newspaper columnist then he should have taken a Newspaper Journalism course and after graduating from it apply to work at the Toronto Sun(or any other newspaper he so chooses).
Granatstein should have gone around to local colleges and universites and looked around at the work of the students and chosen one of the students who recently graduated from the Newspaper Journalism course(all newspaper editors should be doing that).
Doesn't matter if Mr. Woloshyn was a radio broadcaster before and took a Radio Broadcasting course.
DID HE TAKE A NEWSPAPER JOURNALISM COURSE? Yes? No?
If the answer is "no" this proves what I've been saying for many years, that you don't need to go to school to be a newspaper columnist. All you need is the right connections and a newspaper editor who doesn't care if you took the course for that job.
Any editor will always tell anybody
"THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET A JOB AT A NEWSPAPER IS BY TAKING A NEWSPAPER JOURNALISM COURSE."
"The ONLY way?" Hmmm?
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.
Pity all the students taking Newspaper Journalism classes. They're wasting their time it seems, especially if they don't have the right connections to call them asking "How'd you like to write for us?"