Always Check Your Sources
If there was one piece of advice I could give to someone wanting to go into entertainment journalism it would be to always check your sources. Since blogging has become so popular in the past decade, it gives everyone with a computer and internet the capability to be a ‘journalist’. With the internet at our fingertips, it is so simple for us to type a question or topic into Google and get thousands of links to click on. Not knowing every credible source on the internet, because there are so many, we could easily be reading something and the writer could have the wrong facts or it could be a satirical piece and we would not know it simply from looking at one site. This occurs also on Twitter a lot; and, because of this I think that it is extremely important to check sources when looking up anything on the Internet, especially if you plan on writing a story based on that same topic or ‘retweeting’ it. These past few months I have learned a lot about personal branding. By gaining followers throughout Austin as well as other places, on my blog and twitter, I not only realized I had to post things on the Internet with caution, because what goes on the Internet stays there forever, but also realized that since other journalists and companies followed what I was posting I had to make sure that whatever I was posting was credited and well sourced.