By Keren Brown —
In an unsteady economy and less-than-promising job market, Josh Rosenau, J/MS 2011, has been able to do what many college students fail to accomplish—obtain a full-time job doing what he loves: reporting full-time for The Times of Trenton.
Rosenau, 27, a resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania, said the atmosphere of The Times was a significant factor when deciding to accept the position. He described it as young and small, with only about a dozen full-time editing and reporting staff, and everyone being in their mid-to-late twenties.
The work ethic was also a substantial reason for taking the job.
“There are strong editorial controls here,” he spoke positively, “and the editors like saying ‘yes’ to a story pitch more than they like turning one down.”
“Exciting” is the first word to describe the first months that Rosenau has been reporting. His responsibility to report breaking news sends him directly to the scenes of disasters, fires or police action.
But not all of his stories are fast paced and exhilarating. Rosenau recalled the most intense story of his career being a vigil for 21-year-old Jerel Grimsley, who was shot the day after Christmas in Trenton.
“It was just really sad and intense for that community,” Rosenau said.
In an interview, Rosenau recalled that his goals did not always include journalism. A love of music originally put him on the path of a performance degree. This changed at Rutgers when he tried out for the Daily Targum.
The Targum took him on as a staff writer, and it is here that he gained the experience for his future career.
“It was good evidence, too,” he explained. “I was not just someone who thought he had the ability to work in journalism; I wanted to show that I actually did have the ability.”
Rosenau most specifically points to Professor Ronald Miskoff’s investigative reporting class as having had the most impact on him.
“It was a real work-out,” he recalled, “and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see how serious reporting can be.”
As an upperclassman, he was hired as an editorial intern at Taylor & Francis Group Academic Publishers in Philadelphia. There he realized he enjoyed active reporting rather than editorial work. He then took an internship at The Times of Trenton, where he eventually was offered a full-time position.
Overall, he is more than happy with where he is in his life and grateful for the opportunities presented to him. His advice to students looking to land a job in reporting right after graduation is “be responsible and work hard.” It certainly worked for him.