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For journalism students and those just starting out their careers, the guidance of more experienced colleagues and contacts is an invaluable resource.

In a piece for Poynter, Seattle Times journalist Taylor Blatchford spoke to Emma Carew Grovum, a mentor and newsroom consultant, about how to make the most of the wisdom within your network. It provides best practices for journalism students and early career reporters to approach people for mentorships.

"Thinking about mentorship as a board of directors can be really helpful,” says Carew Grovum in the article. "You’ll have some mentors who help you with certain things."

The key is to know why you are approaching a particular person for advice about a topic and to enter the conversation with specific questions and goals in mind.

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