9 episodes

Scholastic journalism students develop important skills while on the staff of their high school or college newspaper, yearbook, online paper or broadcast program. But what do they do with those skills after they graduate?

Behind the Byline answers that question – and the possibilities are extensive. This podcast delves into the lives and careers of former scholastic journalism students. They share how the skills they learned as students help them now, and how current student journalists can develop the skills they need to propel their careers.

Brought to you by the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN), Behind the Byline provides inspiration, ideas and real life examples of the important role scholastic journalism can play in finding career success.

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    • 4.8, 4 Ratings

Scholastic journalism students develop important skills while on the staff of their high school or college newspaper, yearbook, online paper or broadcast program. But what do they do with those skills after they graduate?

Behind the Byline answers that question – and the possibilities are extensive. This podcast delves into the lives and careers of former scholastic journalism students. They share how the skills they learned as students help them now, and how current student journalists can develop the skills they need to propel their careers.

Brought to you by the Walsworth Yearbooks Podcast Network (WYPN), Behind the Byline provides inspiration, ideas and real life examples of the important role scholastic journalism can play in finding career success.

    Behind the Byline With Publicist Kathy Daneman

    Behind the Byline With Publicist Kathy Daneman

    Kathy Daneman has been a publicist for more than two decades. So… what exactly does a publicist do?

    “What I do is work with authors to get their books covered,” she explained.

    She’ll even help authors with research and help them come up with interesting topics related to their books. Learn more about what she does, and how scholastic journalism helped her get there. 

    • 32 min
    I'm a sports columnist! I've done this 20 years!

    I'm a sports columnist! I've done this 20 years!

    It's been 20 years and one week since Jenni Carlson wrote her first column for The Oklahoman. She's most well known for writing an article that sparked a 2007 rant from Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy ("I'm a man! I'm 40!"), but her career has spanned far more than those infamous three minutes. 
    The week after hosts Evan Blackwell and Sarah Scott interviewed Carlson, her newspaper released a moving article on her career. In our interview she shared how scholastic journalism started her down this path and helped her get where she is today. She also shared advice for young people who want to make their way in the sports journalism world. 

    • 50 min
    Kari Williams loves pro wrestling, so she made it her side hustle

    Kari Williams loves pro wrestling, so she made it her side hustle

    Kari Williams has a day job writing for VFW Magazine, but her byline has also appeared on some of professional wrestling's most well-known publications. 

    She started writing about pro wrestling in high school, and kept at it. She's been able to combine her interest in wrestling with her job at the VFW with articles on how active military and veterans' lives often intersect with the wrestling world. Plus, she shared lots of great insights with hosts Evan Blackwell and Jenica Hallman.

    • 33 min
    Jessica Rapp Did Not Get Blacklisted for Moving to China

    Jessica Rapp Did Not Get Blacklisted for Moving to China

    Before Jessica Rapp moved to Beijing, her peers at the college newspaper warned her not to do it, saying she’d get blacklisted from working in journalism. Jessica went there anyway, and (spoiler alert) was not blacklisted. Her byline has even appeared on such widely-read sites as CNN Style and Apartment Therapy.

    She shared her experiences, including why it’s worth it to try living and working abroad, and how her experience with high school and college newspapers helped her find her footing.

    • 49 min
    Full Circle with Matt Schott: His Journalistic Journey

    Full Circle with Matt Schott: His Journalistic Journey

    Matt Schott has had quite the journalistic journey. He started as a sports reporter in high school, continued through college and became his school’s sports editor, worked for professional publications including the Chicago Tribune, then came back to scholastic journalism. He’s been a teacher at Francis Howell Central High School in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for 14 years.

    Matt shares his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way with hosts Evan Blackwell and Jenica Hallman.

    • 53 min
    Anna Elizabeth James, Screenwriter and Director

    Anna Elizabeth James, Screenwriter and Director

    Anna Elizabeth James loves making movies, and she's good at it. She won awards in film school, branched out to direct family films and now has her sights set on even bigger fish.

    When Anna started writing professionally, she knew she had at least "a smidge of talent" that she could nourish. She knew that because her high school English teacher had recruited her to be on his yearbook staff.

    Anna shares life lessons, her incredible work ethic and how she honed her OCD into a superpower.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Nicole Blackwell ,

Great podcast for journalism students/advisors

Full disclosure, I’m married to host Evan Blackwell and went to college with the guest, but even if I weren’t and hadn’t, I’d rate this podcast 5 stars for journalism students and advisors. Whether I’d grown up to be professional in the field or not, the skills I learned in journalism school have propelled me through my career. High school and college journalism made me intellectually curious, taught me how to interact well with all types of people and made me fall in love with their stories.

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