I think I made a decision early in my career that has had the most profound impact on my work. I decided to focus on covering people of color in the U.S. and abroad and sought out opportunities to do so every chance. But that decision never limited me in how I could do my work, as I am fortunate to have worked in magazines, newspapers, book publishing, and now radio.
After 17 years, I can proudly say that remaining focused on issues that impact black and brown people in the U.S. has helped me stand out in my field and has afforded me expertise, a depth of knowledge, and contacts across many industries that enable me to build on the work I have always enjoyed doing. So my advice to novice journalists is to choose something that engages and enrages them, something with which you will struggle and that will also give you unbridled joy. That, and your willingness to adapt to changes in format and platform, will yield a lifetime of learning and growing, which is far better than just a series of jobs or even a ladder-climbing career (But climb you shall!).