5 Easy Tips to a Getting a Journalism Job

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If you are nervous about getting a job in Journalism during this time of economic struggle, this blog will provide you with five simple tips on how to do so.

1. Prepare yourself in college
This is the time where you are learning, and if you make a mistake it is okay. Therefore learning everything you can about your future career is important, and asking questions is recommended. Getting involved in journalism is what editors are most interested in. Get involved with your school newspaper, Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, and other social mediums in order to get that experience.

2. Learn Marketable Skills
Learn these skills in college. They consist of creating layouts, making blogs, creating web pages, and dealing with digital photos and video. All easy skills that take a some practice.

3. Do your research
You are a reporter, so this should be easy! Do some research about the job you are applying for. This will not only prepare you for your interview, but will impress the editor with how much you already know about the company.

4. Create a great resume
This will be your first impression on the editor. Make sure what you are showing them is something that will be impressive. There are many sites online that give ideas about ways to make a great resume.

5. Be versatile and flexible
Rarely does a journalist start at a job doing exactly what he or she wants to do. In order to do well when starting out at a new job you will need to make sure that you have many skills, so that you are able to do any kind of job your editor may have for you.

All these skills will help you get a job in journalism during this economic struggle. Like tip number one says: get started now so that you can prepare yourself for the job of your dreams.

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Maddie Boswell March 8, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

These are all great tips. Looking at this list I am happy to see that I have been doing a lot of these things already. Ever since starting at Simpson I have done a lot more professionally through social media and I am looking into getting my own blog. On thing on the list is to do research before a job interview. This is important with any job interview, not just journalism jobs. If a candidate doesn't know about the company why would the person hiring take them serious about wanting to work for them.

April Sigmund March 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

I also think these are great tips to help people develop an edge against competition and get the job. I think the point of number five especially applies to journalists. At the start of a journalism career, a person might not report or write on topics that interest them. It is important to be flexible and prove your writing skills first. Then after so long, you will more likely be able to write about your own ideas.

Morgan Abel March 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

I think being flexible is a really important tip. In journalism today it is expected of journalists to be flexible in their topics and what they do. Education is also key and familiarizing yourself with Photoshop and iMovie. Today's journalists need to be able to shoot and edit video along with be able to write.

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