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What steps did you take in high school to start your career in journalism?

I'm Luc, a 17 year old junior looking to start a career in journalism after high school. Specifically I was hoping to get into Video Games. I am very enthusiastic about the gaming industry, and writing has always been my strongest attribute. Now is the time to start preparing for my future and I was hoping to get some pointers. Thank you! #journalism #video-games #writer

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Emily’s Answer

Hi Luc,
Good question. My advice would be to start writing now. It could be a video game column for the school paper or your own blog. Just write. And promote yourself. Get to know the writers who cover topics you're interested in, send them questions and ask them for feedback on your pieces once in a while. The best reporters are experts in their field because they're personally interested in the topic.


You'll probably find that there is a lot of competition for those writing positions. Figure out what makes you special. Ask for advice from writers you like. I've found journalists to be some of the most helpful people throughout my professional life.


Also, develop your online presence through social networks geared toward gamers. It'll help you keep up with industry trends.
Hope this helps!

Thank you comment icon This is very helpful. Thank you! Luc
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Lou’s Answer

Write, write, write, write! You can start a blog very easily, writing video game reviews, interviewing game designers, comparing new systems. Once you've established a presence, you'll find that people start coming to your website each time you post. From there, you can start making connections to other bloggers, and being known as an expert.


I would reach out to some of the bigger sites that focus on video games, asking if you can intern with them. This is probably easier once you get to college, but it's never to early to start reaching out for experience. You could also write reviews and send them to your local newspaper, or as mentioned, write a column for your school paper.


The biggest key is to practice writing - I can't stress that enough.

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Shelagh’s Answer

Luc, here's an idea that could get you writing and possibly get some good profile, too. I don't know where you live, but chances are your community has a local paper with a lifestyle section, however small. Call the lifestyle editor (I was one for a long time) and ask if they would consider running a weekly or monthly short story from you on the latest game and trends in the industry, targeted to your demographic up to readers in their mid-20s. Newspapers are looking hard for ways to reach readers your age, around topics you care about. Tell them you will promote everything you write through your own social media channels (I'm making the short assumption that you are on social media) and will work hard to increase your followers. Maybe you could also blog it, or produce it by video through your YouTube channel. These are really valuable to papers right now, because they're still trying to figure out how to make the leap to digital coverage. Be part of the solution and they will love you for it!

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