Jason Bellini is an award-winning journalist who reports on and produces multimedia stories for the Wall Street Journal. If you need a blast of passion for a profession, T4C has you covered with today’s Espresso Shots featuring the super straight-talking Jason who broke into the industry through one-man-banding journalism pieces out of a van to more recently, taking a team down to Brazil to shoot for his WSJ series “Moving Upstream.” Jason levels with Java Junkies and tells them that you’ve got to love the work if you want to be a journalist, because you’re going to live it. But don’t get scared off. He’s also found that being a journalist gives you the chance to meet and learn from some of the most interesting, powerful, or powerless people on the planet.  Jason’s experience before working at WSJ include jobs with CNN, NPR, CBS, MTV, Bloomberg TV, and more. He was also recognized as an outstanding LGBTQ journalist in 2006 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association when he won the Journalist of the Year Award.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What skills you need to cultivate to be a great journalist
  • Why internships are the best way to get your foot in the door
  • Why it’s valuable to know about/study something other than journalism in college
  • Why you have to really really love journalism to be a successful and happy journalist
  • How to impress your boss/supervisor by doing even the little things with care and attention
  • Why journalism can be a challenging profession in which to have a balanced life
  • How journalism gives you a license to talk to the most interesting people in the world

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