I’m giving a quick beginning-of-the-semester lesson in
professionalism with my class tomorrow — one that I hope will help my
team ingratiate themselves to the rest of the newsroom. Some of my students have a lot of experience in office or newsroom settings, and some do not. Some have worked in my newsroom before, and some have not.
I want to
emphasize that how they conduct themselves — in the newsroom and out —
plays a huge role in their perceived credibility, their working
relationships and their ability to collaborate.
After all, you can’t get anything done in a newsroom by yourself. If you want to work solo, find a new profession.
So, here we go.
I’m all about the life lessons today. “When you stop in someone’s office, it’s a good idea to first introduce yourself.”
This one from a former student is practical. Feel free to be a squeaky wheel if you think your editor, or a colleague, has forgotten to follow up on something. But don’t squeak at an annoying decibel. (Rachel has experience squeaking at me, and she does it professionally.)
@mayerjoy Send friendly reminder emails–things get lost. Key word: friendly.