Blog Post about Local News + Emily Brown

Last week I had the opportunity to hear from Liberty University alumna, Emily Brown. A now successful journalist, Brown shared her wisdom and gave tips of advice based off of her real-life experiences working in the field.

One of the things that really stuck out to me during her talk was when she gave a warning to “know who you can trust.” One of the ways to do this is to take the right measures by doing some background research. You can never really do too much research when your job is to promote accuracy.

Brown also gave some very good practical advice that I am planning on following. For example, she is a strong advocate for learning from colleagues. While it may seem like an obvious thing, I am not sure I would have been thinking about doing so nearly as much before being reminded of it.

Another thing Brown encouraged is the idea of reading goodwriting in order to improve writing skills. Along with this, she said to always be thinking outside of the box in order to stand out among competition. This is something I am excited to keep trying to do.

As a fellow Christian, Brown also spoke some words that were very encouraging to me. She reminded everyone to trust God’s plan and to pray. “It’s a must,” she said.

Sometimes I can get stressed thinking about the future, but it is good to remember that God has a plan for my life, just as he helped Emily Brown find hers.

After hearing from Brown. I was also able to listen to a podcast presented by the Online News Association. Early on, I was immediately taken aback by the speaker’s words.

“The newsroom is shrinking,” she said.

While jobs in the local newsroom may not be as prevalent as they have been in previous years, that is no excuse to stop trying or to give up on journalistic pursuits.

The speaker also went on to say that trust is at an all-time low. However, this was not surprising to hear as it has been a concept that has been drilled into my head ever since I started studying journalism. For me, it is just a reminder to do my part to tell the truth when reporting stories.

As I continued to listen to the podcast, I was happy to hear that the original speaker was not the only one who would be sharing things from her viewpoint. Instead, other community journalists joined in and gave their input into various issues.

Something I learned from those in the podcast is that nowadays, community journalists need to give up some control and gain relationships with the community in order to partner together to bring about the best stories.

To help maintain connections between my local news organization and its community, I think it is important to have open-communication as well as being open to having face-to-face conversations with those in the community in order to build trust.

Trust is key. I cannot say it enough.