“When you say a story is going to be published, it raises it to a whole different level.”
I think NYU‘s journalism program has the right attitude. It recognizes that students in its program will have a tough time if they don’t have any experience writing for newspapers in the real world. Even working for a student paper doesn’t appear to be enough, not that is any less “real.”
Well, with Live Wire, NYU’s news service, articles by student writers actually get played out in publications across the country. Apparently Columbia University and Northwestern University both have a student wire service similar to NYU’s.
“Christy Slewinski, a specialty sections editor at the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel who subscribes to Live Wire, was especially interested in the option to offer story ideas and have students write them. “
Sure, you won’t get paid for it, but it’s all about having a clutch of clips when you graduate. It’s one way to avoid becoming a statistic in a tough job market.
I wonder if something like this could be established for student photojournalists.