I don’t really care what classes you’ve taken, either. I’m much more interested in what you’ve done that relates to the skills needed for the position than I am in what you’ve studied. An interesting Tumblr account, a vibrant Twitter presence, or a personal blog on a topic you are passionate about is 10 times more compelling to me than your course load.
This is an interesting and revealing admission.
This Slate farkwad really doesn’t give a damn about your college education. Your four year degree is meaningless to him beyond functioning as some sort of union ticket. Journalism? Writing? He doesn’t give a shit. He wants to know about what skills you have. Uh, fucktard, how many skills do you think the average college sophomore possesses in terms of professional journalism. Zero? Okay, then, how about “none?”
And if your applicant did spend three years writing for his hometown pro paper and getting paid for it, why does he need the fucking degree in the first place to apply for your job, especially since you don’t give a rat’s ass about it?
Glenn Reynolds slugs this as “News You Can Use,” and he’s right. Here’s the news: Your undergraduate degree is a meaningless bit of ass-wipe to potential employers. Keep it in mind.
And start a blog. But just make sure it skews hard left. That’s the guaranteed way to pro writing success!