How to Get Noticed

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here is something that will interest a lot journalism students, especially those who are attending smaller, lesser known journalism schools. How to get noticed by big newspapers.

's segment Ask the Recruiter points out that the biggest problem, that students of smaller journalism schools have is visibility. Bigger schools have very little trouble getting noticed by recruiters. The easiest thing you can do to be noticed is build a network.

Big schools already have their own networks that are made up of the thousands of alumni established in the working world. This makes finding the right people to talk to a lot easier for students that attend the larger schools.

You can do three things to start building up your network. First, participate in journalism associations that can get you connected to people in the newsrooms you want to work in. Second, attend workshops to meet potential contacts. Finally, request informational interviews at the newsrooms you desire.

Doing these things are not a guaranteed in to your dream job, but they are a step in the right direction.


Grant Rodgers March 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Good post with some good information. I think this is especially relevenat to Simpson journalism students, as we are attending a school not well known for its Multimedia Journalism program. Obviously, we've had some help in finding conventions to attend, but the faculty could possibly help more by directing us towards associations to get involved in.

Courtney Glienke March 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Sometimes at a smaller school you have to do everything you can to put yourself out there on your own. Faculty and Career Services can only do so much, when it comes down to it it's really up to you.

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