Emma Carew Grovum

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Last fall I worked with alumni from my high school journalism program to raise nearly $500 to donate together at ThreeSixty’s annual fundraiser. It may not sound like much, but consider this money was raised from college students and recent grads. 

Below is an excerpt of the letter I sent around, encouraging my fellow alums to step up and start giving back in small ways. 

ThreeSixty has grown immensely over the past 10 years and I’ve been a proud alum, watching from the sidelines. Each year, a few more alumni trickle into college and choose journalism as their field. This is a program that is creating a new generation of diverse, multiplatform journalists.

Read on and considering making a sustaining gift to ThreeSixty Journalism. 


When I saw my byline on the front page of the Star Tribune during the first week of my internship, my first thought was that I had to send a copy to Lynda and Nim. With a copy of the paper, I also included a note, telling them how they had helped me get there. I also included a check for $25.

Through the years, I have always tried to remember to celebrate my successes, both in school and in the early stages of my career, by giving back to ThreeSixty. I have always believed that I would not have been this successful or gotten any where near as far in my career if I had not taken that two-week summer camp 9 years ago.  

Sometimes, it’s just sending $15 or $20 a few times a year. Some years I’ve been in good enough financial position to give as much as $50 at a time. Other times, it’s been volunteering in the classroom or giving newsroom tours to new ThreeSixty students.

And as you celebrate milestones: getting into college, getting accepted into the journalism major, getting published for the first time, think about the role ThreeSixty played in helping you get to that milestone. Consider finding a few extra dollars to pledge to help the next generation of ThreeSixty students. Maybe it’s $25 on Martin Luther King day to honor this program, which works so hard to increase diversity in the news industry. Or maybe it’s pledging $5 a month (a total of $60 at the end of the year) for the entire year. Maybe then you’ll work up to $50 on the day you graduate high school or college. And $100 the day you accept your first job.

Small amounts add up over time. I started giving back to ThreeSixty as a young college student. I’m proud to make this small contribution to an organization that I truly believe in. In recent years, my small checks and donations have added up to several hundred dollars.

I *LOVE* this Pinterest board idea from my kick-ass mentor, Benet Wilson! She’s pulled together a “what to wear” board for the NABJ 2012 convention in New Orleans.

Whether it’s just an inspiration board for herself or a gentle how-to guide for students looking to navigate the world of career wear for the first time, it’s a great resource and a fun use of Pinterest. 

When I went to my first journalism conference (AAJA Miami, 2007), I honestly think I spent the most time worrying and asking questions about wardrobe. 

Well done, Benet!  

Great advice for aspiring journalists in this round-up from UNITY/ONA leader Robert Hernandez (whom I’m lucky enough to count as a mentor of mine). 

Take good care of yourself. There’s no way around this: This is a stressful profession. So listen to your mom and dad: Eat well, sleep well and get exercise. It may sound obvious, but these are the basic things that help us stay sane and resilient, even as chaos descends upon us.

5 ways young journalists can stay motivated, thrive in the newsroom | Poynter.

Just one of the great pieces of advice AAJA’s Tom Huang gives to young journalists in his open letter to us on Poynter. 

It’s a great read and great advice to keep in mind.

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Maria Baca talking Anoka-Hennepin bullying, GLBT-bias lawsuit settlement on CNN this morning.

Yesterday I presented at the National High School Journalism conference in Minneapolis.

My topic was “keeping the web fresh 24/7” and here are my presentation notes:

Some good advice on getting a job from a young journo with a job.

Predictably, I’ll quibble with the part about living in DC. There are amazing opportunities for young journalists in Every. Corner. Of. The. Country.

Journalism students and recent grads shouldn’t be afraid to seek out journalism jobs wherever they may exist, rather than focusing on living in a “dream” city.

**SIDE NOTE: I actually did live in DC when I got my first journalism job (which was also in DC). However, I did so after I turned down a job offer in Guam (yes, that Guam, as in, the one on the other side of the world), and after I applied to jobs all over the country at large, small and medium sized news orgs. So, did living in DC work out for me? Yes. But it definitely wasn’t the only option, and I think I would have been equally successful in another town.**

Some great advice here for future interns. Follow up post TK

My big takeaway from Thursday’s mid-winter mixer for ThreeSixty Journalism? Get inspired. If you’re not excited about the future of journalism because of the work that YOU are doing, anyone could at least get excited about the work these amazing students are doing.

Pictured: good friend, former Minnesota Daily colleague, and ThreeSixty alum Ibrahim Hirsi, telling the story (via video) of how a high school journalism program planted a seed, that led him to found his own high school newspaper, work for his college paper, and win high profile internships.

I continue to attend ThreeSixty events and volunteer with the program every chance I get — not only because it gave me my start and created opportunities I never dreamed of — because this program is changing the future of journalism. Everyday.

Here’s my shameless pitch: Please consider supporting a program like ThreeSixty in your own community. My #jcarn entry for this month was based around arming teens and students with great journalism skills, and that’s because I see it working with ThreeSixty.

Do all the alumni become journalists? No. But many of them take the communication skills, the inquisitive thinking, and the great belief in communities and do great things.

Four of my 2002 classmates were at the mixer last week (one via video). Nine years later, two of us are in traditional journalism, one writes at the Minnesota Legislature, one works for a Minnesota Senator’s office, and one works with a charter school.

So please. Consider volunteering with students in journalism. What’s the worst that could happen?

The Mannerly Meet-up | Knowledgewebb

A good reminder for us all (especially the eager interns-to-be, heading into summer convention season) that networking is about ACTUALLY meeting real people, and not just collecting business cards.