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Wed., July 30, 2014, 5:01 p.m.

Susan: J-School Skills Valuable

Comment of the Day:

Susan Cuff (RE: Popkey's financial future better -- DFO): There may be a declining number of jobs in traditional journalism, but the specific skills one learns in J-school - writing precision, critical thinking, research techniques - can be applied to a wide variety of careers. I've used everything I learned in J-school in every job I've had, in newspapers, public information, corporate communications/investor relations, technical writing and now alumni relations. Frankly, it's a skill that everyone should have - the ability to express oneself logically and precisely with the written word. I look for that in every employee I hire, regardless of job description.

Question: Susan makes a good point that journalism school teaches skills that can be used in a variety of other professions. Any of you study journalism but didn't have a career in the media? How did your schooling help.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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