Loyola alum reveals secrets to finding journalism job

Lauren Krause

By Eva Pawleko

Loyola University Chicago alumnae Lauren Krause discussed networking, interviews, and finding jobs at a Tuesday appearance at the university’s School of Communication.

Krause, 24, a Trib Nation coordinator for the Chicago Tribune, appeared at the Brown Bag Lunch Series, was sponsored by Loyola’s School of Communication and the Society of Professional Journalists. It began on Tuesday at 12:30 pm and lasted until 1:30 pm, with free pizza provided to the attendees.

Krause wrote about the event on her Trib Nation blog:  How to keep journalism full of fresh talent

Krause’s success in the journalism industry brought together about 20 Loyola students, most of whom are journalism majors. Krause presented several key elements of what it takes to succeed in journalism, and shared what her journey was like in finding the ideal job.

“ To succeed in journalism, students should make sure to absorb lots of knowledge, work hard, take advantage of all of Loyola’s resources, take a variety of classes to see which one you’d like best, and get an internship. Internships are extremely important because of both gaining experience and getting familiar with the business,” Krause said.

Not getting a job after graduating can be stressful and discouraging to students. Krause knows what it’s like, and shared some useful tips to future journalists.

“ Students should not give up, but rather take any job they can get. Even if it’s not directly related to their major, they should still go to work. The work ethic that is developed over time is important for their career, since this is what employers look for. Also, students should not limit their options. Exploring different jobs and internships will help them realize what they like and what they don’t like,” Krause said.

Krause’s visit to Loyola demonstrated to the students that it is possible to succeed and land the perfect job through hard work and commitment.

Chris Winkler, a 21-year-old Loyola senior majoring in advertising/public relations, gained a lot of positive insight from this event.

“ This event inspired me to write more and to keep working on my blogs. Lauren motivated me to work on building a stronger resume and finding the things that would make me stand out. I really like how Lauren said to just be yourself, because that is what’s important in life, and to not limit your options,” Winkler said. “She opened my eyes and made me feel less frightful. It’s amazing that she’s 24 and working at the Chicago Tribune. This shows me that anything is possible. You just have to work hard to get there.”

Here’ Lauren Krause’s post from Trib Nation:

By Lauren Krause
October 24, 2012

When I graduated with a degree in communications in 2010, the job market in journalism was down. Way down. And as I saw this week during a frank lunchtime conversation, that reality hasn’t changed much for current journalism students.

To soften a tough journalism job climate, my alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, hosts monthly brown bag lunches in the School of Communication. The goal: Introduce current journalism and communication students to recent Loyola grads working in the field. Our job-landing experience is fresher.

On Tuesday, I was that graduate, though I’ll admit that when Loyola professor John Slania asked me to speak to current students, I was a bit stunned. I had no clue what kind of advice to impart or how I would explain my less conventional path into the newsroom.

Here was the reality for me: After months of job applications and frustration, I took a job outside my field of study and bided my time. It was a year before my current role — Trib Nation coordinator — was created. And it took all of that year of hard work, relationship building and work experience to become a good fit when opportunity struck.

What I learned most from my unconventional career path was to be flexible, adapt and — as one or two of my coworkers would say: “Put yourself in play.” I thought of their advice while answering questions and offering career path solutions.

Here’s the thing, I told the students, there is no single path to follow. In a field of constant evolution and adaptation to new technology, new business models, and new stories, no two paths are ever the same.

The path you forge is your own and your motivation is what will propel you down that path. There were about 20 students in the room, one of those students interviewed me for the Loyola Student Dispatch.

My hope for these students is that they learn from their own experiences and find the determination needed to form their future careers in journalism.

After all, ferreting out the truth isn’t a business for quitters.

– Lauren Krause, Trib Nation Coordinator

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