Make a statement: Journalists need to work on more than our craft
David Cohn
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As an editor, I often thought about the team I was assembling as a band. Duke Ellington famously recruited many different types of musicians to his big bands…always the very best he could hire, but with distinct talents and styles. Then he would write music that would let each of them shine. So I tried to imitate that.

If you want to have a successful journalism career, you should look for a “band” you can join where you will be making great music, where you will be surrounded by a variety of other talents, and ideally where the editors will provide some opportunities for you to do your thing.