Have the curiosity and determination to dig through records, interview sources and get to the bottom of a story? Great!  We asked several professional journalists the best way to prepare for a successful career in journalism and this is what they had to say:

The best way to prepare yourself for a successful journalism career is practice, practice, practice. That means gaining experience and training. There are many ways to do this: study journalism in college; work for student media; intern at a local newspaper; find a mentor; and pursue paid internships like the Dow Jones News Fund’s internships.

If you are interested in preparing yourself to be a journalist here are some helpful resources:

Thank you to the journalists featured in this video: Maria Carrillo, assistant managing editor for enterprise, The Tampa Bay Times; Carla Correa, senior staff editor, The New York Times; Tyler Dukes, investigative reporter, WRAL; Adam Harris, staff writer, The Atlantic; Jennifer Loren, executive producer and host, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People;” Yolanda Martinez, graphics producer, The Marshall Project; Karen Lincoln Michel, interim publisher and editor-in-chief, Madison Magazine; Adam Playford, investigations editor, The Tampa Bay Times; Steven Rich, database editor, The Washington Post; Topher Sanders, investigative reporter, ProPublica; and Mark Trahant, editor, Indian Country Today.

Video produced by Jon Busdeker, Sunny Oranges Productions.