Journalism along with engineering is the most common major which students study each and every year across the country. It makes sense that this is the case, especially given the boom in news outlets and communications ever since the internet age began. Journalism is a subject which not only helps people to become reporters, but it is also a favorite of those who are looking to get involved in lawsuits later in life, that’s right, an attorney will often have specialized in journalism before getting in to law school. Jonathan Levin Philadelphia based journalist has been in the industry for many years and throughout those years he has perfected his craft, I caught up with him to see what he thought makes the perfect news writer.
Jonathan tells me that as foolish as it may sound, it is vital that a journalist has a real skill when it comes to writing and that without it, one will never succeed in this industry. Journalists must have a certain style and they must be able to turn this to any kind of subject. Without having gifted penmanship, Jonathan says that someone is doomed to fail.
Over the years Jonathan has written about all manner of topics for his newspaper including a huge expose which gained him great respect in the industry. Whether writing about state funds being allocated to those in need, last night’s football result or changing the serial numbers on the new bank notes, Jonathan tells me that you must give each topic the same attention and the same dedication.
I have been friends with this great journalist for many years and something which I have always respected about Jonathan is is drive and passion for the industry. I asked him about this and he simply responded by telling me that the reason he gives so much time and effort to his job, tis because he is super passionate about journalism.
Search for the Truth
The expose which Jonathan published 2 years ago would have been a none story if he hadn’t have persevered to find out the truth, and this he tells me is truly the make of a great journalist. Seeking out the truth is ultimately the job of a news reporter and this is why it is a career choice which is open to everyone from the misfits to the straight A students. Jonathan always tries to dig as deep as he can to uncover the real truth behind a story, even when it may appear as though there is nothing more to be found.
If you ever have dreams of becoming a great journalist then someone like Jonathan is exactly who you should be inspired by, and who you should try to follow in the footsteps of.
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