Earlier this month, Jan Wong spoke to a group of student journalists at the Canadian University Press conference in Edmonton.
Wong, the former Globe and Mail reporter turned Ryerson journalism prof, spoke about her battle with depression and leaving the Globe.
She also had some helpful advice for young journalists, listing off her personal top 10 list for getting the story.
A full review of the event is also available here, but pasted below is the list, in no particular order (via College Media Innovation):
1. Push yourself - get out of your comfort zone. If you don't know anything about sports go figure it out. You ought to push yourself, because no one else will. In the newsroom, there's a culture of low expectations. Why should you bother? Because we live in a democracy. We need journalists.
2. Is there anything that you won't do? Try not to break the law. Be careful if you do.
3. Push people to talk to you. Get out there and nail them. Don't just put that cheap little line in your stories.
4. Don't worry about asking a stupid question. Always ask a stupid question. Push people to talk to you on the record.
5. Always ask at least one question where there is no good answer.
6. Everything is a story. Always be on.
7. Break down barriers any way you can. Your goal as a journalist is to get people to open up and reveal themselves.
8. It's not over until it's over.
9. Fight for time and resources. The more time you have, the more you can write and report.
10. Consciously write for page one.
Ann Hui is a radio room reporter at the Star. She's also in her final year of the master of journalism program at Ryerson University. firstname.lastname@example.org