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How to be Better at Life

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Mr. Stack

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of How to be Better at Life

Keep a journal. Most famous journalists had diaries when they were younger to practice writing. Evoke, it doesn't matter what you write about when you're starting out because practice is perfect! It will help you get into the habit of writing. Plus, didn't you realize that journalist has the word journal in it?
Like writing. Write a lot, read newspapers and magazines, watch the news to keep up with what’s going on in the world and be dedicated to literature. If you don't enjoy writing, reading, meeting new people, or being under pressure, then you should take up another job choice because journalism is all about writing, interviewing, and meeting new people.
Step 1
Step 4 & 5
Carry a pen and notepad at all times. You never know when an extraordinary story will come up. Take notes if you find a good story. Try and write down the main idea or points as and when they cross your mind so that you remember. It is also scientifically proven that writing is remembering. You never know! It could be the best story of the century! Get it down on paper before you forget it.
Be ready to encounter new people. This is what reporting is all about. If you feel you are unable and uncomfortable with meeting and talking to different people and strangers, you need to work on this problem NOW. All good journalists are not frightened to ask anything to the interviewee (within reason of course!).
Step 6
Remember to always mention the interviewee. Do not, under any circumstances tell lies, twist the story and make up your own side of the story to make it interesting. Nowadays, there are too many sleazy journals and newspapers out there and if you want to be successful, you need to stay true to the interviewee, do not make up lies and stay 100% legit!
Step 3
Carry a camera with you at all times. You’ll never know when a good story will pop up. Nowadays many journalists are trying to add more skills to their self and CV. If you have a talent for photography, it can help you a lot in the long run; journalists are constantly taking images to put in their articles.
How to be a Journalist in 7 steps
How to be Better at Life
Step 4
Step 7
Expand your vocab. Read the daily paper. Purchase a good dictionary and thesaurus. Your short story will not be as exciting if every character walks everywhere and says every line of dialogue. A comprehensive vocabulary can help bring your stories and poems to life, enabling you to better describe the world around you. Be sure that you are using words properly. Some of the alternatives listed in your thesaurus may not have the right shade of meaning or be appropriate for the level of formality. Look up the word in your dictionary just to be sure, and if in doubt, use a word that you already know.
•Be confident, don't let shyness get in the way of your aspirations.
•You need to be quick minded, do not let anyone pull the wool over your eyes!
•A good journalist should be open-minded and ready for anything.
•Also keep a small camera with you, and make sure it takes high resolution pictures as well.
•Try to discover your own writing style.
•Carry a pen and notebook with you, everywhere.
•Practice meeting and talking to different people.
•A journalist must know how to catch his reader's attention. With that, a striking sentence is needed.
•Be yourself. Don't try to be like other journalists.
•Start to read books and classic literature to practice and improve your English skills.

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