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“Donald J. Trump” by Nathan Congleton is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Fledgling POC journalists are sick of the faux pas. If we don’t reform, they might just leave the industry.

“I took a year off from reporting,” I tell the hiring manager over the phone. I can imagine they viewed the conspicuous year-long gap on my resume between my last reporting fellowship and the present moment with a furrowed brow, their hand stayed from dropping it in the “pass” pile only by the school name in my education section.

Depending on the job I’m applying to, the stated reasons for the hiatus vary. Health complications (true). A need to focus on my thesis, which I foolishly anticipated would be some sort of writing magnus opus (also true). …

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Harvard affiliates at a demonstration during the dining workers’ 2016 strike. — Brandon J. Dixon

The labor beat is not dead. Covering it could teach you a thing or two.

What the hell was labor reporting?

That was the first thing I thought when my editors at The Harvard Crimson gave me my first reporting beat assignment after a semester of trying out for the paper my freshman year of college. Then, a second later: do I even want to do this?

I knew vaguely that covering the labor beat meant I was covering work — how it was done, who did it, and how much they got paid. I knew that unions were involved, and because of my attendance at a high school with a fraught negotiation history with…

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Great — I do too. Let’s learn together.

I’m about three weeks into actively searching for a job in journalism. That’s three weeks of pouring over job boards, three weeks of DMing folks on Twitter for the skinny on recently-opened positions, and three weeks of nearly hurling my coffee at the wall in frustration. Finding a job is hard—harder still when you may not have a network or the experience to help decode the mountains of jargon endemic to any professional industry. Like any journalist worth their salt, I have questions. Lots of them. And I imagine you do too.

From local reporting positions to digital strategy roles…

Brandon Dixon

Recent grad. I still have a lot of questions about what it takes to be a reporter in the 21st century. And I imagine some of you do, too. Let’s learn together.

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