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Writing, writing and more writing. I work in a news room, to be specific I am a web producer for a CBS/Gannett station, and I write stories for the web, as well as edit reporter's stories. Your writing is what will set you apart and is what ultimately leads to the ability to tell a captivating story. This is my first job out of college and it was not that hard to get. However, I applied to any job within the news field so I could gain experience. I actually work a lot in social media, a field I had not specifically trained in but is becoming a growing and important part of the media.
The many ways in which people consume news is expanding like crazy. So make sure you have a good foundation in writing that translates to all forms of news.