Want to become a Journalist?
This thursday, we had not one, but two guest speakers from the same field!
Natalia Vlasova - journalist, producer and PR manager, and Alea Gordienko - journalist, show presenter of Istorii Urbane. Natalia introduced herself and opened the event in an interactive manner. She identified the potential journalists from our audience and gave the word to Alea to explain them the basics of the job:
Be open and easy with communication.
Be honest and truthful with your reporting.
Always wear a smile when conducting interviews and leave people with positive emotions.
Dress accordingly for the event you are attending or interview you are taking.
Don’t drink coffee, it can give you voice issues.
Alea graduated in economics, but later decided she wanted to do journalism. She says “Anyone can be journalist you don’t really need an academic background. Its a work technique that you learn in practice.” Its very important how you communicate with people, to be likeable on inside and on the outside as well, especially if you work on camera. You need to take care of how you look and what impressions you transmit to people.
Another important ability of a journalist is to make people trust you and feel comfortable, so you can get the most out of an interview. Unfortunately this is not something you learn in university, but more in practice. Natalia advised the Guest Thursday participants to do an internship first at a local Media company and see what it's like and then decide if this is something they envision pursuing.
“Always be positive, always smile, that way the person you interview will tell you interesting things”, Natalia said, “even if you have already worked 8 long and tired hours, you still need to smile and transmit positive energy to people around you.”
Besides the behavioral traits of a journalist, Natalia advised the participants about journalism ethics:
Be careful about what you say as journalist or media representative, even if you don’t like a particular public representative, you can’t show negative emotions about or towards them. Otherwise, you might lose your job or get an amerce.
Don’t get involved with propagandistic companies. It can be very difficult to get a job after working for such companies and may lead to you being avoided by other media companies for a very long time.
Don’t run to the catering after an event; rather, network. Communicate with people and make useful connections.
When telling us about different situations that can happen in journalism, Natalia stated that a journalist must be a strong and calm person. Unexpected things can happen, the camera might not work or you can miss an interview, but remember that this is your job and you need to keep going.
“Start practicing from the first year of university. Don’t wait until you finish! Simply go to a media company to learn through volunteering, taking on new challenges, and developing your skills. After two or three years you will know exactly what you like and want from the job. You will have relevant experience and actual professional skills to offer to your employer.”
A very important aspect that Natalia told the participants:
Find your individuality, its the only way people will notice you as an actual journalist. Be interesting, be someone they can’t ignore. Your individuality is your key to success.
Figure out what will be your working field: economy, sport, politics, etc. Choose what you like and learn your field like a pro.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Work on your passion and keep moving forward.
Natalia said that: “The first rule in any field of work is to start. If you have a dream or a thought, do it! Even if it's not perfect, still do it. Only through hardship you can reach the stars.”
At the end of the event, Natalia stated that the most important thing for a journalist its their reputation. This will determine their career path. If a journalist is working for a propagandistic channel, or publishes untrue information, they are likely to suffer the consequences of their poor work ethics.
Both Natalia and Alea said that they are willing to help young people and guide them in the field of journalism. So don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you may have.