Get ahead in your journalism career

 

by Lucy Pirrie

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a journalist, absolutely love story-telling and feel that writing comes naturally to you, read on!

In this day and age, everyone is a publisher – whether sharing posts on Instagram, tweeting or updating a Facebook status. This can make it tough for aspiring journalists to break through, so it’s essential to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Here’s how you can get ahead of the game in your journalism career:

#1 Earn your bachelor’s degree

Having a degree in journalism is the first step to showing you are disciplined and dedicated to the industry. Although, you won’t be the only one with that paper. So, stand out by making the most of your degree. Seize opportunities for experience and add each major project to your portfolio.

If there’s a specific type of journalism you want to pursue, pick electives that cater to that and become an expert in that area. Or, try a broad selection and hone a variety of skills that any employer would love to have.

#2 Set up a personal blog

Your blog is evidence of your writing ability and professionalism. Try writing extensively across a broad range of subjects to make your articles diverse in nature and work on creating an aesthetically pleasing blog to establish your online presence.

Wix and WordPress are great websites to use for getting started with your own blog.

#3 Build connections

Networking is important in the communications industry, where journalists thrive off strong professional networks. Simply ring up or send emails, don’t be scared of pestering – if anything, reaching out will prove your determination and desire to write.

If you get in contact, tell them a bit about your experience, professional goals and ask them for any advice that can help you get started.

#4 Jump straight in

Intern with a newspaper, magazine or media company. Internships are vital for getting ahead in your journalism career – not only will you gain exposure to the field, as an intern you will be getting hands-on experience.

You could find yourself fact-checking stories, collaborating on story ideas, transcribing and maybe even writing your own piece if you’re successful! Connections are everything in journalism, so get started and throw yourself in the deep end… you won’t regret it!