Joshua Axelrod currently covers veterans’ issues for the Military Times. He has spent five years working in and around journalism for websites and publications like the Washington Examiner and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He graduated from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2014 and George Washington University’s media and strategic master’s program in 2018.
The son of two journalists, Josh grew up knowing that he had the skills and passion for the field. “I’ve got journalism in my blood,” said Josh.
Find out how Josh chases his passion on the Find Your Passion Career Podcast!
From a young age he realized he had a knack for writing. His parents, seeing his talent, encouraged him to follow the path that they had paved. “Turns out they were right and better yet, I actually liked it.”
Josh pursued his passion for journalism becoming the Editor in Chief at College Magazine (which is how we were lucky enough to meet) and began learning the ropes of the journalistic world for himself.
Now at Military Times, he contributes to the veteran-specific vertical, Reboot Camp. When he considers pitches, he looks for stories that will provide veterans with useful information or highlights an inspirational veteran or organization. He views his role as ‘service journalism’ because he has seen how his work has the potential to make a real impact in the lives of veterans.
But even this genre of journalism is not safe from the climate of “Fake News.” “I just have to believe in what I’m writing and as long as I can stand by it, I don’t really care what anyone says about it,” said Josh.
Resilience for the love of writing
Josh has seen how tough the industry can be first-hand. From getting laid off from his first job post-grad (like many of his peers) to undergoing an hour-and-a-half commute every day in the D.C. area, Josh has proved his passion by staying resilient in chasing his career. It all comes back to his love of writing.
“That’s all I’ve ever wanted was someone to pay me for writing,” said Josh.
And just like that iconic line from Hamilton, Josh writes like he is running out of time. On top of his work with the Military Times where he can be working on five to six pieces at a time, he also freelances in order to flex his writing skills and share his “inane pop-culture takes.” Attention Game of Thrones fans—you will want to see what Josh chose for his passion object!
Finding opportunities to speak his passion
On the podcast, Josh takes us back to the beginning of his career and explains how he got his foot in the door at these major publications by actually attending the ever so dreaded career fair.
“Do not stick your nose up at career fairs. They can work. Dress nicely, print out your resume and schmooze like you have never schmoozed before,” said Josh.
Take a page from Josh’s book and research networking opportunities in a field that you are passionate about. How can you find opportunities to share your passion with those who can help you take a step towards your next career move?
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