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Luckie: NABJ "Helped Me Mature in My Formative Years"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Mark S. Luckie
Washington, D.C.
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. 

He currently 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.

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