Did You See That Press Release? Teens Flunk Driver Safety, Travelers Rate Their Faves, and More News

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/CareerBuilder

Source: PRNewsFoto/CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder & Economic Modeling Specialists Report: Which Job Is Most Unique to Your State?

In the sprawling U.S. economy, the types of jobs that define entire regions are as diverse as the geographies that shape borders and the people who live within them. Simply put, there are some jobs you can only seem to find in certain places.

Using a measurement called location quotient (LQ), CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. reveal the occupation that is most unique to each state through 2013. See the full release to learn which job is unique to your state.

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American Teens Receive a ‘D’ or ‘F’ for Teen Driving Safety

Teen drivers may think they know everything but they still have a lot to learn about how to drive safely, according to information released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) at the start of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

A majority of teens, 78 percent, report anticipating that the actions of other drivers will always be the hardest aspect of driving and 65 percent of teen drivers said they sometimes or every time find themselves in situations behind the wheel that they are not prepared for.

This survey was conducted at IKnowEverything Challenge events and tested teen driving safety knowledge among more than 2,000 high school students across the nation. See the full release to learn more about how teenagers drive.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast

Conde Nast Traveler Reveals All-New 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards: World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, and Cruise Lines

Conde Nast Traveler announced on Oct. 20 the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world.

More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world. See the full release to learn what readers ranked as the best.

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China’s Long Soft Fall: Chinese Economic Growth Seen as 4 Percent in 2020-2025, Preparing for the Downturn

After a generation of unprecedented economic growth, China faces a deep structural slowdown and broad uncertainty in the decade ahead, according to a new series of reports from the Conference Board.

While Chinese leaders have publicly proclaimed a “soft landing” that will usher in a period of growth in the current range of 7 percent to 8 percent for the foreseeable future, The Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth, published Oct. 20 by the Conference Board, projects a more rapid and significant transition that will downshift China closer to 4 percent growth after 2020. See the full release to learn more about the long-term outlook for China.

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Source: PRNewsFoto: US Census Bureau

Source: PRNewsFoto: US Census Bureau

Poverty Rate Declines, Number of Poor Unchanged, Based on Supplemental Measure of Poverty

The nation’s poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2013, down from 16 percent in 2012, according to the supplemental poverty measure released on Oct. 16 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2013 rate was higher than the official measure of 14.5 percent, but similarly declined from the corresponding rate in 2012.

Meanwhile, 48.7 million were below the poverty line in 2013 according to the supplemental poverty measure, not statistically different from the number in 2012. In 2013, 45.3 million were poor using the official definition released last month in “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013.”

These findings are contained in the Census Bureau report “The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2013,” released with support from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and describing research showing different ways of measuring poverty in the U.S. See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

Grammar Hammer: So, Do Writing Disfluencies Exist?


so-grammar-hammerIn public speaking, you are taught to watch your use of “disfluencies” – as in the crutch words where you um, like, and you know your way through the silence as your brain scrambles to make a point.

Disfluencies can dilute your message and damage your credibility. When speaking to a crowd, ending each point with “you know” or “right” causes the listener to question your expertise on the topic you’ve just finished addressing. So, do they exist in writing? Yes, they do.

I went through an interesting exercise this week. I took a sampling of various things I’ve written — from memos to my team and reports for my boss to posts for Grammar Hammer and casual letters to friends and family – and discovered I have a chronic problem with “so.” I must really like this word since I start a lot of sentences with it.

Why am I doing that? Am I stalling? Am I trying to get your attention?

“So” is often used in these two parts of speech: 

1. As an adverb. For example, “Those dark chocolate dipped shortbread cookies were so good.”

2. As a conjunction to tie together two thoughts. For example,“I drove through a swarm of bees, so my windshield is covered in honey.”

But what you won’t typically find, grammatically, is any reason to start your sentence with the word “so.” So, what are we supposed to do?

The use of “so” seems to be another evolution of modern language. Using “so” at the beginning of a sentence implies that you’ve been meaning to express that particular thought or it implies that a logical conclusion follows. For example, “So, by adding vinegar to baking soda, you can clean your stainless steel sink without scratching it.”

Whether we like it or not, this disfluency (either written or verbal) is now part of the vernacular, so we may as well get used to it.

Have a grammar rule you’d like me to explore? Drop me a line at catherine.spicer@prnewswire.com.

Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire. A version of this post originally appeared on Beyond PR

37 Internship Ideas for Journalism Students

For journalism students facing graduation, The Poynter Institute has compiled a list of 37 journalism internships and fellowships

For journalism students facing graduation, Poynter has compiled a list of 37 journalism internships and fellowships (Photo by CODNewsroom/Flickr; used under CC by 2.0)

For many college students, the fall semester is nearing its end and finals are around the corner. But while scoring a good grade on Media Theory 101 is important, internships and other work experiences are becoming more essential.

Because of slimmer resources and fewer training opportunities, a journalism grad needs to be able to hit the ground running in the newsroom.

Internships and fellowships give students that opportunity to make contacts and build their portfolio, increasing their chances in the highly competitive, post-college job market.

Now through January, journalism students will be busy filling out internship applications to land that dream gig.

The Poynter Institute’s Benjamin Mullen has taken some of the legwork out of the process by compiling a list of internships and fellowships from around the country.

The list of 37 opportunities features the need-to-knows for each internship, including application deadline, location, and pay, as well as a link to the internship application.

We’ve selected five from Poynter’s list to highlight, featured for the various locations, media types, and interests they represent. Want to read Poynter’s entire internship list? Click here.

From Poynter.org:

The Boston Globe
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Boston
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Summer interns work as full-time employees for 12 weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.”

The Oregonian
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Portland, Ore.
Pay: $440 per week
Description: “Oregonian Media Group offers a 10-week summer intern program for college students who wish to work as multimedia journalists in The Oregonian newsroom. We’re looking for primarily upperclassmen with previous internship experience who want to work in a digital-first environment doing smart stories for readers of OREGONLIVE.COM online and The Oregonian in print. We want critical thinkers, students who have a portfolio that shows ambition and skill across platforms, reporters and photographers who want to make a difference with readers – however those readers find us.
If selected, you will be assigned to a team for the summer, paired with a staff mentor and provided opportunities to learn from experienced journalists through group discussions with other interns.”

Texas Tribune News Apps Internships
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $5,000 over 10 weeks
Description: “Are you a journalism student or would-be reporter in another major? Know a little bit about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or Python/Django, and would like to continue to hone your skills? Are you passionate about politics, policy and open government? You should join us. You’ll work directly with news apps developers, reporters and editors in the newsroom. Interns are first-class citizens on our team – in the past, they’ve had the opportunity to not only contribute to high-profile projects but to take the lead on them. You’ll get to create data visualizations and maps, participate in an active and friendly newsroom, play a role in editorial meetings and contribute to a number of different beats. We’re looking for someone passionate about web standards and the little details. Someone willing to show their work. Someone looking to learn. If you’re interested, send your resume and links to previous projects and/or your GitHub account to rmurphy@texastribune.org.”

NPR’s Kroc Fellowship:
Deadline: Dec. 31
Location: NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and member station
Pay: $40,000 per year
Description: “The Fellowship is designed to offer exposure to various units at NPR, in both the News and Digital Divisions, and at an NPR Member Station. NPR Kroc Fellows work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors and receive regular instruction in writing for radio and on-air performance. The Fellowship begins in August and lasts one year. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $40,000 and benefits, including paid vacation. NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement.”

Associated Press Global News Internship
Deadline: Not settled yet; likely the first week of January
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The summer 2014 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. Interns must have experience and/or training in video and one other format. They will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting.”

If you know of other journalism and media internships, send Benjamin Mullen an email at bmullin@poynter.org or tweet your suggestions to #POYinternlist.

Evelyn Tipacti is a community relations specialist at ProfNet, a service that connects journalists with expert sources.  She is a former broadcast journalist with years of experience behind the television camera and radio mic.

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Blog Profiles: Pet Blogs

Pet Blogs

Pet Blogs We Love

Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.

It was World Animal Day a couple of weeks ago.

According to the site, World Animal Day began in 1931, during a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. Since then, the day is spent remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. It’s celebrated on Oct. 4.

So in the spirit of World Animal Day, I give you these fine animal and pet blogs.

The Pet Blog Lady celebrates our pets.

This is a fun site written by pet blog lady Lisa Taron.

Incidentally, I’m a cat person and I found this graphic – Cat Person or Dog Person … Which One Are You? – very amusing.

I like this blog because it features a lot of great information. Blog posts like Protect Your Pets This Fall With a Pool Safety Cover and A Guide to Pet Proofing Your Home – Infographic feature very important tips.

For example, did you know that dogs sweat from their paws to keep cool? That’s in the infographic. I had no idea. It’s a good tip to avoid lengthy walks on hot surfaces at a minimum, if you’re out with your dog.

And, if you’d like to help guest contributor Diane C. Nicholson name her new goat, she’s accepting submissions.

Follow @ThePetBlogLady on Twitter.

For the “love of dog,” we have Dogster.

What immediately caught my eye with Dogster was this post: Meet a Luxury Hotel Owner Helping Abused and Homeless Animals on Mexico’s Coast, which is about California native Janice Chatterton, who founded a rescue group and a shelter in Puerto Vallarta with space for 130 dogs and cats. It’s an incredibly moving piece.

This is a fantastic site. Not only does it feature top stories, there also is a recommended list of the most-commented stories. Some of those fascinating pieces: Should Dogs Wear Halloween Costumes? and Ask a Vet: Should Dogs Exposed to Ebola be Euthanized?

The latter post presents a tough situation, in light of the news surrounding Ebola.

“There has not been sufficient research to rule out the possibility that dogs exposed to the virus could pose a risk to humans,” says Eric Barchas. “As I’m sure you’re aware, Ebola is an incredibly scary disease. Public health officials are acting under a media microscope, and they’re not in any mood to take chances.”

Prefer cats? That’s fine. There’s Catster.

Follow @dogster on Twitter.

BlogPaws is a global community of “pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media.”

This site adds a unique spin to pet blogging, offering tips to bloggers on their craft.

For example, in Harness The Power of Halloween for Your Pet Blog, blogger Robbi Hess talks about inspiration and lists a bunch of topics bloggers could consider to carry content through the month of October.

Some of these Halloween-related topics: Halloween costumes for pets (the good, the bad, the safety issues, and how to make your own pet costumes), the dangers of Halloween for pets (the fear they could escape when you open the door for trick-or-treaters and ways to prevent it, the dangers of Halloween candy), or a do-it-yourself post about a pet bed or shelter for feral cats in the neighborhood.

Other interesting posts on BlogPaws include What is Your Pet Blog’s Social Media ROI? and 7 Ways to Build a Tighter Focus Blog.

Follow @BlogPaws on Twitter.

Not in The Dog House is a site dedicated to dog lovers that was started by blogger Shelly Hawkins in 2003.

“You know what they say about dogs: ‘A dog is a man’s best friend,’” the blog says. “Not In The Dog House is all about how to treat your dog like your best friend.”

Not in The Dog House actually came onto my radar through the contact form on PR Newswire for Bloggers.

I like this site because its message is simple and informative. There are plenty of posts there to keep dog lovers informed about caring for their pet.

Topics include health, behavior, and an age calculator.

Some of my favorite posts include Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Should See Your Vet Every Year and Leaving Your Dog’s Fears at the Door.

Follow @NotInTheDogHous on Twitter.

PetGuide.com covers the whole spectrum of pets with a dog and cat blog, products, pet care and services, insurance, health information, and forums.

Great information tucked away in Dog Tips and Dog Advice.

In the cat blog, readers will find posts like Help Celebrate National #FeralCatDay on Oct. 16 with Jackson Galaxy [Video] and How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Feline Family.

In the dog blog, I found some cool posts like Pups and Coffee Cups: Rescue Dogs While Enjoying Fair-Trade Coffee and 4 Blissful Tips on How to Include a Dog in Your Wedding.

This is just a neat site. There’s something for everyone here.

Follow @PetGuideTweets on Twitter.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for animal and pet news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.

Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Her eldest nephew’s recent kitten adoption partially inspired this post, and she can’t wait to meet the new little guy. Follow her @cpcube.

Did You See That Press Release? Rattiest Cities, Best Wine Lists and Tallest Residence

With thousands of news releases published each week on PR Newswire for Journalists, no one can possibly keep up with every one of them. Here are some of our favorite releases from the past week that you might have missed.

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Source: AP Photo/David Tulis

Source: AP Photo/David Tulis

Credit Suisse: Global Household Wealth Increases by 8.3 Percent to $263 Trillion, Driven by Wealth Growth in United States and Europe

The Credit Suisse Research Institute on Oct. 14 released its fifth annual Global Wealth Report, which finds that from mid-2013 to mid-2014 aggregate global household wealth increased by 8.3 percent in current dollar terms to US $263 trillion, despite an ongoing challenging economic environment. See the full release to learn more.

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OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Wine Lists in America

As we look forward to toasting the holidays in the coming months, OpenTable is pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.

These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. See the full release to learn what restaurants made the list.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/Orkin

Source: PRNewsFoto/Orkin

Chicago Holds Top Spot on Rattiest Cities List

Fall is a prime time for commensal rodents to actively seek food, water, and shelter before winter weather arrives.

It only takes a hole the size of a quarter for a rat to squeeze inside your house, and a hole the size of a dime for mice. Each fall, rats and mice invade an estimated 21 million American homes with homeowners and businesses spotting rodents as early as October.

Which cities are hit the hardest? This week, pest control leader Orkin released its list of the top 20 rattiest cities. The markets are ranked by the number of rodent treatments the company performed in 2013. See the full release to learn if your city made the cut.

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Qualcomm to Acquire CSR

Qualcomm Inc., a world leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies, has reached an agreement with CSR plc regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition. Through this agreement, the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. See the full release to learn more about the terms of the deal.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/CIM Group

Source: PRNewsFoto/CIM Group

432 Park Avenue Becomes Tallest Residential Building in Western Hemisphere

CIM Group and Macklowe Properties announced on Oct. 14 the topping out of the iconic 432 Park Avenue at 1,396 feet. The tower has risen and taken its place among and above the icons of the Manhattan skyline, surpassing the Empire State Building (1,250′) and Chrysler Building (1,046′) in height and becoming the highest rooftop in New York City.

432 Park Avenue offers residences with unrivaled views of New York, from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean and Lower Manhattan to Connecticut. 432 Park Avenue will welcome its first residents next year. See the full release to learn more about the building.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

Creating a News Story With Video: Q&A with Wochit’s Drew Berkowitz

Wochit Video Creation Platform

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Whether you’re a major news publication or blogger, you need to know how to tell an engaging story. More frequently, that means using video and other dynamic visuals.

Drew Berkowitz, SVP of partnerships for video creation platform Wochit, helps publishers tell these types of stories quickly and efficiently.

“Forrester Research released a statistic that 1.8 million words is equal to one minute of video. That’s incredibly powerful, but until now not scalable,” says Berkowitz. “The time and expense of creating video prohibited journalists from truly taking advantage of the new digital/mobile medium.”

Using a combination of automation and human touch, Wochit enables publishers, brands, bloggers, journalists and creators of any kind to bring their story to life in 15 minutes.

Our ProfNet team sat down with Berkowitz to discuss video storytelling, its benefits, and how Wochit can help.

How can video storytelling benefit a news organization? 

There is no end to the amount of research showing how video increases time spent and engagement with a page/article, or in driving traffic and awareness, whether that’s on desktop or mobile.

Partners are using our platform in various ways to take advantage of these statistics, by promoting on social networks with a quick video teaser, including a short form video within the article, building out new YouTube channels, enhancing their native advertising with video, and even creating their own shows. In the end for most it’s about increased awareness, and of course, increased revenue.

What type of different emotions does a video elicit vs. someone reading text? 

I’m not sure if it’s different, but rather elevated. Visual storytelling greatly enhances a human’s connection, involvement and attitude with a story.

As a perfect recent example, all we have to do is look at the latest incident involving Ray Rice and the emotions that were created when we read about the incident and the elevated emotions after we all saw the video footage.

How does your video platform work? 

Wochit lets any storyteller create a video in about 10-15 minutes. It uses a combination of automation (that quickly sources licensed video and still image content from AP, Reuters, Getty and others, adds in maps, info-graphics, social media feeds and more) and human touch (the ability to upload your own assets, enable quick, creative editing, and the chance to provide human voice over).

What type of organizations can use Wochit? 

Anyone who wants to enhance, promote or create a story with video. That can be big publishers, independent or student journalists, bloggers, brands who are engaged in content marketing — any creator.

Can any story be told using Wochit?  

Yes.  Breaking, topical and trending stories have a distinct advantage because of the speed in which we deliver licensed content, but our quick and simple editing platform and the ability to upload your own assets makes any story possible.

What kind of graphics do you recommend an organization use to tell a story? 

Wochit’s system provides most everything a creator needs for a compelling video story; video actuality, foreground sound, natural sound, the ability to select your thumbnail, add a creative title, zoom in on quotes, and add human voice. These are all elements that make Wochit’s video more compelling.

What are the benefits to adding a human voiceover to a video? 

Humans add inflection, emotion, and personality that connect us to a story.

Once the video is complete, how does an organization disseminate it to their audience?   

We work with partners to fit into their content management systems, video players, etc., and offer any type of ability for a creator to distribute the video.

Users have an embed code and through whatever player they use can run across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others.

Wochit also has distribution partnerships with AOL, Yahoo, NDN and others to help creators get their video in front of an audience.

Are you able to track the number of shares and views to your video? 

Yes, we work with our partners and through their players to monitor shares and views, and for individual creators we can help with those statistics as well.

How do creators sign up for Wochit? 

You can contact us through wochit.com. You can also reach out to me at drew.berkowitz@wochit.com. I’m always happy to connect.

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Polina Opelbaum is a community services specialist with ProfNet. To read more from Polina, check out her blog on ProfNet Connect.

Career Crossroads: Why A TV Producer Went from Behind the Scenes to On the Scene

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Journalism jobs are hard to come by.

The highly competitive market, which showed signs of recovery since 2009, stalled the past two years, according to the University of Georgia’s annual Survey of Journalists and Mass Communications Graduates.

Landing a news job in front of the camera is even tougher now that there are fewer positions available. Typically, if one wants to work on camera, he or she must start out in a small market in the middle of nowhere. From there, they spend years bouncing from city to city, working their way up to a coveted spot in one of the country’s Top 10 largest markets.

“It sounded like a very lonely, transient lifestyle,” recalls Nia Hamm (@niaahamm) after the New Jersey native graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a dual degree in Journalism and African Studies. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to sacrifice all of my young adult life living like that.”

Although she wanted to report on-air, she put that dream on the back burner and accepted a behind-the-scenes freelance writing job right out of college with Fox News Channel in New York.

“I was just happy to have a job in journalism and not to have to move away to do it!” she says.

Hamm stuck with FNC for nearly five years, moving from freelance writer to producer. She then jumped to financial news channel CNBC as a video producer, even though she admits she always had a phobia of numbers.

Meanwhile, Hamm went back to school to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“When I got to Columbia, I had decided I wanted to be a serious journalist and wanted to really explore hard core topics that people weren’t paying attention to or didn’t know much about,” she said.

Two of her Columbia professors — one a New York Times columnist, the other a Wall Street Journal columnist — helped her realize business journalism was much more than numbers. She found herself falling in love with it.

She used her time at CNBC to hone her passion for long-form writing.  She successfully pitched stories to CNBC.com in addition to her video-producing duties.  Hamm also took on other freelance gigs.

She desperately wanted to leave her desk and experience news as it happened. Hamm grew frustrated when that didn’t occur.

Hamm was at a crossroads in her career, trying to figure the best route.  Her desire to be out in the field on-air nagged at her.  It was the “what if” factor she couldn’t shake.

“I found myself stuck in a job where I was no longer feeling challenged in and that I didn’t think was offering me the kind of experience I needed and wanted,” she said.

Since she couldn’t get on-air work at CNBC or another big network in New York, Hamm took on weekend reporting at a small local cable news network, Fios1 (operated by Verizon).

It was some of the most challenging  and exhausting yet exciting months of her life.  After just three months there, Hamm recently landed a full-time reporting spot at News 12 The Bronx, a 24-hour cable news station that reaches more than 300,000 households.

Not only is she now in front of the camera, Hamm is “one-man banding” it where she does it all – shoots the video, conducts the interviews, and edits the entire story.

She wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The way journalism is converging online, you need to have a multi-faceted set of skills, otherwise you will get left behind,” Hamm adds. “When you’re in the field recording, talking to people, trying to get them to talk to you, doing research, you have to do that in a very tactful and safe way.”

Leaving a comfy job with guaranteed income and security no doubt was risky. Hamm says she initially felt an exorbitant amount of anxiety and vulnerability.

But for Hamm, the experience and sense of fulfillment far outweighs the risks.

“I am able to grow as a journalist and build a career as a multimedia journalist rather than only an online writer or print writer or television reporter,” she said. “I can now call myself a multimedia journalist.”

Have an interesting story to share about your journalism career?  Beyond Bylines’ Career Crossroads series features stories and job advice for journalists from other journalists. Tell us your story by emailing  media.relations@prnewswire.com or tweeting @BeyondBylines. Catch up on previous Career Crossroads posts at http://bit.ly/careercrossroads.

Brett Simon is senior manager of PR Newswire’s media relations team. Follow her @savsimon.