Note to Journalism Students: Ask Questions

Had some high school kids stop by today for a little pep talk on careers in journalism. My colleagues and I rambled about various things -- experience, internships, doing what you like to do. One disheartening thing about the session though.

Not a lot of questions.

I told them, when a job candidate comes in for an interview I always ask: "Any questions for me?" And even though it sounds like a wind-down question for the interview, it's really a test. I want to see the quantity and quality of questions I get. I may, after all, need this person to go get information and stories. They dang-well better be able to ask questions.

So a room full of journalism-minded kids should be asking a lot of questions. We got a few more after that speech. Still though...