BuzzFeed - My Top 5 Tips to Excel as a Journalist

dr. legatt journalism Mar 12, 2018

Thank you to BuzzFeed for featuring me in their post on women journalists. Here's my excerpt in the article:

Dr. Legatt's beat in Forbes centers on higher education issues affecting millennials. In October 2017, her piece on online degree programs was chosen as a Forbes Editor's Pick. Through Forbes, she's had a chance to interview esteemed education leaders including Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor and past education advisor to Barack Obama, Anant Argarwal, Founder of EdX and MIT Professor, and Katlyn Grasso, Seventeen Power Girl and Founder of GenHERation.

Dr. Legatt's is purpose-driven from her personal experience contracting stress-induced pneumonia in high school due to her own challenges with the college application process.

Dr. Legatt's expertise is regularly cited in major outlets including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Business Insider, Poets & Quants, Forbes, Reader's Digest and many more.

As a Penn professor, Dr. Legatt teaches about issues of teamwork and diversity affecting modern organizations. Her online course on teamwork through Coursera has been recognized multiple months by Poets & Quants as a top business course."

My Top 5 Tips to Excel as a Journalist

1. Keep up with current events. Set Google alerts for your "beat," attend industry-related conferences and network with experts.

2. Use a proofreader like Grammarly. Staring at a page for hours on end can lead to small typographical errors that are easy to miss.

3. Offer to connect other journalists with sources. We all have trouble finding the right source at times. By extending help, you can create positive energy. Also, if you're helpful, you're less likely to have trouble finding a source for your own stories.

4. Use HARO. I've met some wonderful sources through queries I've sent to HARO.

5. Keep up with your editor and changes in your publication's priorities. It's helpful to keep in touch with your editor so that you can ensure that your content remains relevant and timely.

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