Like most people who come into journalism, I intended to be a writer.
The journalism job market was tough when I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 1975 and, frankly, I wasn't as well prepared as a lot of the people I meet nowadays. I had no internships and my campus journalism experience was negligible. All I really had was a good pile of freelance clips.
Unable to land an internship or job, I returned to school to get a master's degree. Some great things happened in that year. For one thing, they trained us in newspapers, television and radio journalism. For another, Prof. Paul Jess suggested that I try copy editing because I could hit a deadline -- and copy editors were in demand.
Most of my writing goes into Ask the Recruiter, UNITY's site, the JobsPage and this Web site. Here are links to some more:
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Let's Do it Better program
Growing your own: A best practices guide to diversity
American Society of Newspaper Editors
Getting through the first three months
Newspaper Association of America
Sowing your own
J-Ideas, Ball State University
Your first steps to a career in journalism
No train, no gain Web site
Advice on recruiting Latino journalists and interns
I am a history buff. Michigan and Great Lakes history fascinate me. In addition to my books in the Newsrecruiter.com bookstore, I have written three books along historical lines, all published by Wayne State University Press:
Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors, 2002, winner, non-fiction book of the year, Center for Great Lakes Culture