Journalism, Writing & Publishing

Newspaper journalists usually begin their career in small markets, and often follow their undergraduate degree with another summer internship or longer post-grad internship in the field before finding work. Most creative writers begin by submitting their work to literary journals, editors, agents, film production companies, or television series, as well as finding an audience through social media, blogging, and self-publishing. Also keep in mind that many careers require writing skills—advertising, public relations, corporate communications, speech or position paper writing, and development are all good examples. The business focus of publishing is significantly different from the creative focus of journalism and writing. Typical entry level positions in the field of publishing include editorial assistant and assistant editor, publicity assistant, and other assistant positions in areas such as technology, marketing, production, and sales.

Finding Internships

If you’re looking for your first or second print journalism internship, think small. Many larger papers/prominent magazines won’t consider you unless you’ve already had at least two previous journalism internships. Publishing internships can be found in all areas of the industry, from editorial to publicity to digital to sales to subsidiary rights, and may be found in large publishing houses, university presses, and small independent houses and presses. For writing and illustrating, look for internships that will enable you to develop and hone your creative skills and learn more about the industry in which you’d ultimately like to work.

Mary Ortega, ALM Journalism

Where will you be living next year, and what will you be doing?
Wilmington, DE – This week, I started my new position at Lasko Products. I am the communications manager for Lasko and managing the PR agency to ensure …

By Thomas Oppong
Thomas Oppong Marketing, Branding, and Communications Coordinator
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Andrew Peterson, ALM Liberal Arts

Where will you be living next year, and what will you be doing?
United States – I will be working on short stories, a novel, and getting my work published. I am also exploring the possibility of adjunct positions near …

By Thomas Oppong
Thomas Oppong Marketing, Branding, and Communications Coordinator
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Cassandra Luca, A.B., English

Where are you located now?
Montreal, Canada

What are you doing?
I’m pursuing my MA in English at McGill University.

What advice do you have for Harvard undergraduates, now that you’ve graduated?
Let yourself be spontaneous: the best use of …

By Thomas Oppong
Thomas Oppong Marketing, Branding, and Communications Coordinator
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