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Published Work

Often, big newspapers are a scary place. They have a large staff, tight budget and not a lot of time for amateurs. Who cares? Call them anyway, ask to shadow a photographer, make copies, get coffee. Do whatever you can to get in the door. Ask as many questions as you can without sounding annoying and learn from anyone who will talk to you. I started with an unpaid internship at The Orlando Sentinel. In six weeks, I learned how to be a professional photographer and by the time I left, everyone in the office knew who that young kid was. Make that new kid you.

A Message from the Professional

Julie Dodd is a professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication, she teaches writing for mass media communications and advises many students looking to go into a career in journalism.

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