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The Journalist's Road to Success

Richard S. Holden: Executive Director Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. WELCOME TO OUR REVISED AND UPDATED CAREER GUIDE, "The Journalist's Road to Success"

We first began offering this publication in 1962. Since then, some 750,000 copies have been distributed to high school and college students as well as newspaper advisers and guidance counselors around the country.

Thanks to a generous grant from Elizabeth M. Steele, we were able to produce 10,000 copies of this new publication, which, for up to five copies, is available free of charge to interested students and teachers. For copies, write us at: Dow Jones News Fund/attn: Journalist's Road to Success/PO Box 300/Princeton, NJ 08543-0300. Or, send us an email at:, with Road to Success in the subject line. For more than five copies, the cost is $2 per copy, to cover postage and handling.

[Editor's Note: A print version is no longer available.]

The publication is designed to be used in conjunction with our website.

Once at the website, click on "publications," then on "schools and scholarships." From there, you'll be able to navigate around dozens of sites offering scholarships and hundreds of schools offering degrees in journalism and mass communications.

Among the highlights in this edition:

A question asked frequently by high school students is: "Do I need to go to a journalism school if I want to become a journalist?" The answer is: Maybe, and maybe not. On the one hand, we have an article by Bill Elsen, a retired director of recruiting and hiring at The Washington Post who argues that there are many paths to a journalism career. On the other hand, Marie Hardin, a professor of journalism at Penn State University, suggests that journalism professors can offer advice that might not be found elsewhere;

Ken Hall, former vice president/news of the Ottaway Newspapers Inc. subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co., makes a persuasive pitch for the role that community journalism plays in our society. You'll find that circulation size of a newspaper has no bearing on the publication's quality. Fairness, accuracy and objectivity don't determine how many papers are sold every day. Good journalism is good journalism, regardless of the name, and some of the best journalism in the country is produced at what many would regard as "small" newspapers;

Joe Grimm, former the recruiting and development editor at the Detroit Free Press, has a national reputation as one of the best sources of information for students interested in careers in journalism. He shares his thoughts on the importance of internships.

Also in this edition we have for the first time an article in Spanish, accompanied by an English translation, about the new opportunities for bilingual journalists in the fast-growing Spanish-language press. Gilbert Bailon, former publisher and editor of Al Dia in Dallas, offers tips to those students attracted by this sector of the media.

These are only a few samples of the articles contained in this publication. We encourage you - whether students, teachers or advisers - to read this information and provide comments and feedback to us.

While we can't guarantee "success" in your career, we are confident that this publication will put you on the right path.

Cover photos by Andrew Loehman of the University of Texas at Austin, Steven Dearinger of Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kan.) and Eric Gay of the Associated Press.

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