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Member Spotlight: Julie Walker
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Julie Walker is an award winning journalist who lives and works in New York. She has been a Freelance Correspondent for AP, CNN, NPR and various other media outlets working in radio, television and print. She has also been a co-host of ‘Newsweek on Air’. Julie reports on business news, breaking news and general assignment stories. She has also reported for United Nations radio. She began her career at ABC News in Paris as an intern. After moving back to New York she interned at WNYC TV and freelanced at MSNBC before landing a full time job at NY1 News where she covered everything from 9/11 to the crash of flight 587 to entertainment. She was also a producer of NY1's Fortune Business Report. Julie has a BA from Wellesley College as well as a Certificate in Television News Production from New York University. She has also attended journalism programs at Poynter and the Reynolds Center.

How has NABJ benefitted you professionally?

In the same way it is not always easy to measure cause and effect, it is not always clear just how NABJ benefits me, but I know it does. While I can not say I have gotten a job from NABJ, I can say I have gotten leads, opportunities and connections. Whether it is a chance encounter at an NABJ sponsored event or a carefully planned meeting at an NABJ job fair, I always walk away with more than I had before. For me there are intrinsic benefits as well. Just knowing there are other members out there striving, fighting and laboring the same way I am, under some of the same circumstances is reassuring. All I need to do is reach out on the NABJ forum/listserv and someone will be there trying to help with a response. Finally, there is one benefit I can definitely count and that is the NABJ convention. From the professional development courses to the workshops to the social events, I always leave the conventions feeling like Superwoman. That is until the newsroom Kryptonite knocks me back to reality and then it is time for another convention to build me back up.

What advice do you have for aspiring young journalists?

Do your homework. Don’t be afraid to take chances. And don’t be afraid to fail. 

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