Q: I have two personal experiences that I'm quite proud of but am nonetheless hesitant to include in my cover letter and resume when applying for reporting internships.
One: I organized a demonstration in support of a controversial political position.
Two: I am currently working as a researcher at a prominent conservative institution.
I'm a liberal, actually, but I feel that I might scare some editors off as a Scary Conservative Activist Man. What do you think?
Not so Scary
A: I can understand you're proud for these experiences, but I would leave off the first one. It is a one-time, short-term event that speaks well of your organizational abilities but doesn't amount to a resume-length experience.
The research experience is a job and needs to be on your resume. Omitting it would be evasive. You'll just have to let the editors decide how they want to consider that experience.
As newspapers try to separate news reporting from editorials, reporters need to be very careful about taking sides. But you cannot simply leave the jobs off your resume.
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