Life on Tap: Journalism | February 3 | Christendom College

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Life on Tap: Journalism | February 3

pj_smithPeter Smith (’09) — Staff Reporter, National Catholic Register

Peter Smith (’09) is a staff reporter for the National Catholic Register and co-founder of the Christendom organizations The Rambler and the Chester-Belloc Debate Society. Smith spoke of how valuable his education was, stating that Christendom alumni have the ability to view things from a variety of perspectives – a skill that would allow them to excel in journalism, where their goal would be to present the fullest picture to the reader by interviewing a wide variety of people. He emphasized the importance of networking: “nowadays, thirty percent of jobs are advertised.  Your goal should be to find the other seventy percent that are unadvertised, offered by people who are trying to minimize risk by hiring people personally recommended to them.” He recommended Richard N. Bolles’ book What Color is Your Parachute? and scheduling fifteen-minute informational meetings with people in their field of interest.  For those interested in journalism in particular, Peter Smith and later Charlie Spiering highly recommended the National Journalism Center.

spieringCharlie Spiering (’05) — White House Reporter, Breitbart News

Charlie Spiering (’05) is a White House reporter for Breitbart News.  Spiering pointed out the importance of his Christendom education: “the Liberal Arts education at Christendom has a lot to offer, even improving you as a person.  It fosters the desire to pursue the truth, which is exactly what journalism is.” Hard work plays a vital role in journalism and its pursuit, said Spiering.  He recommended submitting as much of your written work as possible, posting interesting topics online, learning about social media, and reading as much as possible on current events.  “Persistence is key in journalism.”




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