HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FILM
HOW GIRLS CAN SUCCEED
The society section, for the most part, is handled by newswomen. Important social events are usually covered by society reporters in person, however much of the news [is gathered] over the telephone. Women find it difficult to compete with men in general reporting jobs, so girls who want to be successful in journalism should prepare for work in the special women’s departments. Home decoration, child care, gardening and household hints are found in the homemaking section — a department handled by women.”
THE THRILL OF A BYLINE
The managing editor, who on most papers coordinates all activities of newsgathering, sends reporters out on important assignments. This reporter is in a hurry, and for a very good reason: he’s going to cover a fire. Covering a fire is usually an exciting event, but it doesn’t come nearly as often as you might think. Amid the turmoil and confusion, the reporter must be able to think clearly and quickly and he must get his facts accurately. Assignments of this type may keep a reporter out in bad weather for many hours of hard, tiresome work, but there’s a real thrill in seeing your own byline over a story when it’s in print. And there’s always the feeling that you’ll try to make the next story just a little better.
GET AHEAD WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
The work of feature writers is found in the Sunday editions and in magazines, and these writers have names usually well known to readers. Some feature writers started their careers by writing about their hobbies. A number of magazines will buy articles on: how to do things, and how to make things, especially if the writer can supply good illustrations.
WARNING: IT’S A TOUGH JOB!
You will probably start outside — in just any kind of weather — reporting news, if you choose journalism as your life work. News reporting is a young man’s job, for the reporter must have stamina and endurance to withstand the strain of long and strenuous hours of work. He must have the courage and perseverance to get the story in spite of obstacles. The qualifications of a newspaper worker are not easy ones to fill.