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You've finished school and are trying to make sense of the big, bad (as in good, of course) world of journalism. Now what?

Welcome to SPJ's Generation J community, where future newsroom leaders can collaborate to build newsrooms of the future. Looking for career advice? Get it or give it here. Got some industry insight? Share it. Want to rant? Fine. Trying to pick up new skills or build your portfolio? Consider this your training ground and art gallery. (All media are welcome — but know that we're featuring only the best work. So if it appears here, you're doing something right.)

Last but absolutely, positively and most certainly not least: Hang around here to stay on top of the issues that affect you and your newsroom every day. SPJ will inspire you to improve and protect journalism.

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Why am I here?

Victoria Blake As part of Generation J’s ongoing series of guest essays, Victoria Blake of Tarleton State University looks back at the path that led her to journalism. Recently, I was asked to write a few questions for a class that included some practice interview questions. One of the questions I created was, “Why did you pick journalism?” I had some time to reflect on this and thought about where I was three years ago. At that time, I was considering astrophysics or mechanical engineering.I found the idea of searching for improvements in technology interesting. >Continue reading Why am I here?

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The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely. If you're unfamiliar with the laws or just need some guidance, these guides — for pros and students — can help.

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– The importance of truth in the social age
– Simple yet essential
– Alastair Cooke: Transatlantic storyteller

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