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You've finished school and are trying to make sense of the big, bad (as in good, of course) world of journalism. Now what?

Welcome to SPJ's Generation J community, where future newsroom leaders can collaborate to build newsrooms of the future. Looking for career advice? Get it or give it here. Got some industry insight? Share it. Want to rant? Fine. Trying to pick up new skills or build your portfolio? Consider this your training ground and art gallery. (All media are welcome — but know that we're featuring only the best work. So if it appears here, you're doing something right.)

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First Draft Blog:

Why Our First TV Bosses Gave Us Our First Jobs

By: Kristyn Caddell, SPJ Gen J National Writer
Twitter: @KCaddellTV     Television Reporter Lindsay Cohen says she owes her first news job to a painting dog, while Investigative Producer Lynn Walsh feels it was her enthusiasm that sealed her first tv deal. And, for me, I have always credited landing my first gig to a cross country journey and the ability to carry around a 75 pound DVC pro camera even when I had no clue how to turn the thing on… We all remember the moment it happened…when we got the long-awaited, much anticipated call, and maybe the person on the other end said something like this. >Continue reading Why Our First TV Bosses Gave Us Our First Jobs

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Unfamiliar with FOI laws? Need help submitting a records request? Request denied and don’t know what to do now? Just overwhelmed in general and need a place to start?

The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely. If you're unfamiliar with the laws or just need some guidance, these guides — for pros and students — can help.

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– Making the Best Use of Your Time at EIJ (Which Isn’t Easy to Do!)
– How to make the most out of #EIJ15

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