Jenn Ballard

Education Reporter at The Sentinel-Record

Degree(s): BJ '10

Whereabouts: United States, Hot Springs, Arkansas

What do you do?
I am the education reporter for The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Ark.

How did you get your job?
I found it on before I had finished my journalism degree.

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?
I don’t think the journalism school teaches you how to become a “good writer,” but I do appreciate what journalism school taught me about copy editing (AP style), page designing and inverted pyramid. I also appreciate the emphasis they put on morals and ethics, because without it, it wouldn’t shape the journalists our society needs today.

What advice do you have for current students?
I would say to take as many journalism electives and learn as much as you can about your craft to give yourself a lot of options when applying for a job. Really enjoy what the journalism school has to offer.

What is your favorite J-School memory?
I really enjoyed Liz Brixey’s education reporting beat. I enjoyed the students I worked with and what I learned about reporting on education.

Any parting comments?
Even in these hard economic times, there are still print journalism jobs for those who want them. The Missouri School of Journalism still speaks for itself when applying, so don’t overlook this powerful tool.

Updated: November 2, 2011