Kathy Behan was both genuine and engaging in her career conversation about journalism. She gave an entertaining account of her career and highlighted a number of fun pieces she had published.
Kathy provided an honest picture of both the pros and cons of the industry:
- Flexible hours and flexibility to work from home
- Opportunities to meet interesting people
- Attend press events at fun locations
- Write about interesting topics
- The career evolves with you, it’s not stagnant because there are always new trends and new current events
- “Rotten pay” (She confessed that the only way to make good money is to be a staff writer or editor for a large newspaper)
- Freelance is inconsistent work with bad pay as well
Kathy also provided thorough advice for getting started at a career in journalism:
- Get published, write for everything you can! (She suggested pitching articles to your local newspaper)
- To make more money, consider working in PR or advertising.
- Either be open to changing your writing style based on feedback, or decide to proudly own you writing style and accept that it’s not for everyone’s taste.
- Know how to write a query letter (A letter that you send to an editor with a proposal for an article)
Overall, the students in attendance left with a practical understanding of the field and helpful, encouraging advice for pursuing a career in journalism.
Thank you Kathy!
-Megan Jantsch, Boston College Student, Class of 2013