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1 How to survive in a newsroom

2 Understand the newsroom hierarchy and nuances Copy editors v. reporters Sports v. hard news Pay attention to the personalities and who does what Get to know everyone

3 Find a mentor (or mentors) Ask for advice Listen to old war stories (and smile) Stay in touch

4 Be good at your job A well-edited story is a work of art The best copy editors are the ones with questions. Study grammar as a matter of habit –http://www.newsroom101.com/http://www.newsroom101.com/ –Sign up for Grammar Girl sGrammar Girl Become a journophile –The history: The Paper and All the Presidents Men –The here and now: trade news (RSS feeds) -- RomeneskoRomenesko Become an expert in something Become invaluable and use your summer wiselyBecome invaluablesummer

5 Be ethical Use your instincts Be skeptical Dont be in a hurry – take a breath and avoid the pressure to go to press Know the code Be aware of sticky areas Police items Unidentified sources Accuracy in headlines Verify, verify, verify Plagiarism Photographs

6 Have a great attitude Come to work with story ideas – show initiative Dont complain or whine in public Be enthusiastic at all times Earn a nickname

7 Enjoy! No better job in world Rejoice in the idiosyncrasies of the newsroom personalities Laugh a lot Camaraderie Newsroom as a refuge

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