Mark S. Luckie
National Innovations Editor, The Washington Post
NABJ Member since 2005
Mark S. Luckie is a digital journalist and author of the
digital journalism blog 10,000 Words and The Digital Journalist's Handbook, a
guide to the tools necessary to thrive in the digital newsroom.
serves as National Innovations Editor for The Washington Post. Luckie has
produced multimedia and interactive stories for the Center for Investigative
Reporting, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Contra Costa Times,
and is a former crime and justice reporter for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Luckie is a graduate of the University
of California at Berkeley School of
Journalism where he received his master's in journalism and Bethune-CookmanCollege
where he received bachelor's degrees in broadcast production and Spanish. He
has served as a multimedia skills trainer for the Knight Digital Media Center
and has lectured various collegiate groups and professional news organizations.
How has NABJ benefitted you professionally?
It is through the student newsroom
that I first came into
contact with NABJ and without that foundation I undoubtedly wouldn’t be in the
position that I am in today. NABJ’s professional network helped me mature in my
formative years as a journalist and provided support once I became the
journalist that I aspired to be. Now that I have reached new heights in my own
career, NABJ provides an unmatched platform for me to help support and nurture
young and veteran journalists.
What advice do you have for aspiring young journalists?
Too often, young journalists get caught in the trap of
specializing in just one medium. That is, aspiring television journalists only
learn television and print journalists only learn to write and report. However,
in order to be an effective – and quite frankly a hirable – journalist, a young
reporter must be well-versed in a variety of disciplines. Television reporters
should know how to write, print reporters should know how to record audio and
video, and radio reporters should be camera-ready. This not only enables a
story to be greater and have an extended reach, it makes the journalist much
more flexible and in-demand.