Author & Emmy Winning Journalist Jen Maxfield On The Five Things You Need To Create A Successful Career As A Journalist
… Number two, go into it with an open heart and don’t make assumptions about people based on their looks or where they live or based on somebody who’s been through something similar. I think having that beginner’s mindset is very helpful. Not only as far as putting together an accurate story, but also that impression of openness allows people to open up to you because they don’t feel like you’re making assumptions about them, and you’re looking at them as a whole person.
Another key to success in journalism is to be a good listener. It might be ironic to hear that because I do so much talking as part of my job. But, still, I think what’s helped me a lot is to be a good listener and to try to ask follow-up questions and tune into what people are telling me so that I can get to that granular detail that is important in putting together a news story.
I had the pleasure to talk to journalist and author Jen Maxfield. Jen is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and anchor who joined NBC New York in 2013. Prior to joining the station, she worked for Eyewitness News (ABC7) in New York City as a reporter and substitute anchor for ten years. Maxfield started her broadcast career in 2000 in upstate New York before moving to New York City in 2002. She has reported live from thousands of news events over her 22-year career and estimates that she has interviewed more than ten thousand people.
Maxfield is an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. A graduate of the class of 2000, she enjoys coming back to her alma mater to educate a new generation of journalists.