BY NATE ORBE – Almost 50 students filled the Martini Room in Hobart Hall to hear the advice of a veteran reporter who has worked in the field for 30 years.
Lisa L. Colangelo shared her experiences with students to help prepare them for journalism after leaving college. A Q&A allowed students to learn first-hand from the seasoned reporter.
Colangelo, a reporter for amNewYork, was the second of three planned speakers in the series “Reality Check.” The journalist has 30 years of experience working at the New York Daily News, Asbury Park Press, and the North Jersey Herald and News.
The series is sponsored by the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Communication Department and organized by Dr. Nicholas Hirshon, an assistant professor.
Colangelo focused on the importance in consuming journalism to improve writing skills.
“Reading is the most important thing you can do as a young journalist,” said Colangelo. “Doing your own videos and photos are also becoming more important skills because social media is huge.”
Colangelo mentioned that Twitter, Facebook, magazines, and newspapers are all essential tools for a young journalist.
“When you’re reading, you are actually getting more familiar with good form, increasing your vocabulary, and even adopting reporting skills,” she said. “Even when you read for leisure, it’s going to help your writing. It may sound obvious, but it’s one of the most important things to do.”
Many students asked Colangelo about tips on finding internships and jobs upon leaving college. She recommended they utilize the resources that are provided by the university. Joining clubs, building a portfolio, and networking with professors with experience were among some of her suggestions. She also stressed the importance in finding a unique voice in reporting.
“Making your writing your own will distinguish you in the business and editors look for those types of things,” said Colangelo. “Do your research, get all the facts, but then find that angle that will make your story a better read.”
The final guest in the “Reality Check” speaker series will be Anthony DelMundo, award-winning photographer for the Daily News, on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Martini Room in Hobart Hall and is free.