From a Q&A with Guardian Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridge:
What advice would you have for a journalism student attempting to get into the industry at the moment?
Main thing is to publish. Blog, tweet, write, photograph, tweet, video, code, play around with data – or a combination of all of the above. a) it will keep your journalistic ‘muscle’ in practice. b) if you’re any good, you’ll get noticed. And bear in mind you can do these things at other places than conventional news organisations. Many businesses, NGOs, arts organisations, public bodies, universities, etc are now publishers of extremely high quality stuff. Good places to practice your craft before moving on…
Alan’s advice to individuals, “just do it”, is essentially the same as 37 Signals’ advice to managers about what they should be looking for when they hire, but from the other side of the table:
When you’re hiring, seek out people who are managers of one. What’s that mean? A manager of one is someone who comes up with their own goals and executes them. They don’t need heavy direction. They don’t need daily check-ins. They do what a manager would do — set the tone, assign items, determine what needs to get done, etc. — but they do it by themselves and for themselves.