We live in an age when journalists are encouraged to acquire any number of tech skills. Learn digital photography. Run a blog. Create an app. And so on.
But I fear what's being forgotten is an emphasis on the traditional skills of reporting and writing and, even more fundamentally, the importance of simply showing up, which, as Woody Allen reminds us, is 80 percent of success.
Aspiring journalists need to understand that news is a competitive business filled with talented people. But in the end, the ones who succeed are usually the ones who work hardest, who show up early and leave late, and who can be counted on to do their jobs well, day in, day out.