Today while sitting in class, I was explaining to my teacher that a lot of the time, people won’t get back to me when I say I’m a “student journalist.” This can be quite frustrating because most of my work as a journalism student depends on how fast people get back to me. Often more times than not, I only have one week to do an article, and need to get those interviews within 2-3 days. So, you can see how not getting a response can be frustrating.
My professor’s response: “Take off the student. There’s no reason to have that. Be what you want to be right now. They’ll take you more seriously that way.”
And that, frankly, blew my mind.
I never thought to take off the “student” when emailing subjects for articles or contacting people for marketing campaigns. I am a student and have defined myself as a student for a while now. But, my professor explained to me that if I start declaring myself as a “journalist” or a “marketing specialist”, I’ll get those opportunities.
So, with that said…
Hello. My name is Selbe Dittman and I am journalist and digital marketer located in St. Augustine, Florida. Nice to meet you.
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