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Missouri Alumni Share Advice with High School Students about College-Level Journalism

June 3, 2013

Recent graduates from MU’s School of Journalism recently visited with high school students at the Journalism Education Association Conference in San Francisco.  Approximately 4100 students, teachers, guidance counselors and exhibitors attended the three day event. The Missouri Alumni encouraged students to be persistent, passionate and build their portfolios.

Story by: Missouri School of Journalism

Five Missouri School of Journalism alumni talked to a packed room of high school students from around the U.S. about what to expect from a college-level journalism program, emphasizing the importance of starting early on developing expertise and a following.

“Be vocal about what you’re passionate about,” Greg Miller, BJ ’05, told the group. “Make your work special.”

That formula has worked for Miller who’s realizing a life’s ambition at his job with IGN, an international, multimedia entertainment website that focuses on video games, movies and television. After picking up an issue of Game Pro magazine when he was in fourth grade, Miller knew what he wanted to do, he said. But it took persistence and a focus on portfolio-building to make it happen. He’s now IGN’s PlayStation executive editor and has 70,000 followers on Twitter.  See more…