Five Unexpected Job Skills Journalists Have

I recently spoke with a journalist acquaintance of mine who was laid off from their job. It was a good, if bittersweet, conversation—publications everywhere are slashing their budgets or going out of business. This means lots of very smart, hardworking, talented journalists who are suddenly out of work.

One of the big topics of our conversation is the fact that many journalists don’t realize how many skills their job involves. Here are a couple, given with my friend’s permission:

1. Journalists are highly skilled at interviewing people, conducting original research and creating original output on quick deadlines.

2. Journalism is fueled by constant multitasking and working under stressful conditions.

3. Dealing with people: Newsrooms are the island of misfit toys, readers love sending the worst hate mail and y'all deal with a wider range of people than folks in most jobs encounter.

4. Your job requires you to understand a ridiculously wide range of information and to make sense of it simply.

5. Most journalists I know pick up new skills around the newsroom/the freelance trenches at a frightening clip... only they don't realize they're learning them. (Hi researching corporate org structures on LinkedIn!)

What would you add to the list?

SAP The Digitalist Cover Story

This was fun: Co-wrote the cover story to SAP's in-house magazine for Fall 2017 with SAP executive co-authors Bernd Leukert, Björn Goerke, Volker Hildebrand, and Sethu M.

From the description: "How are traditional businesses are becoming technology revolutionaries? Business platforms let companies outside of the technology world become powerful tech players, unleashing a torrent of innovation that they could never produce on their own. Powering this movement are application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), which enable developers to easily plug their apps into a platform without having to know much about the complex software code that drives it."

Saying Goodbye To Penny

Penny, my five-year-old pug, passed away unexpectedly. Why am I posting this on a blog? Well... it's simple: She was a huge part of my work life.

Penny slept by my feet while I worked from home (she'd get offended if I worked in my home office without her), broke the ice with new contacts and clients, and charmed her way into the hearts of hundreds by strategically butting in to Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facetime calls as appropriate.

An adorable, attention-hungry pug can charm a skeptical CEO or an overworked editor like few other creatures on this earth.

She was an absolutely terrible intern--she couldn't file papers well or sort my Excel forms--but she was the life of the office. Penny is gone after a brief, brave battle with a disease she didn't even show symptoms for. We're so lucky to have had her and to have loved and been loved by her.

She's now chasing skateboards and eating steak in Valhalla. Love the hell out of your pets, people.