What do you want to do? Where do you want to do it? What is your dream job? What first steps will you need to take to get there?
Start visiting journalism jobs sites now to find out what preferred employers want. Would you hire yourself? If not, what experiences and skills can you add to your resume to be a better fit?
MLive Media Group (Flint, Michigan) Min. of two years of journalism experience. Experience with SEO practices. Mastery of social media and digital interaction. Understanding of methods & tools used to deliver content across a variety of platforms such as Movable Type CMS, SCC Budgeting and Archiving System, Smartphones. Understanding imperatives of multiple platforms.
Figure out what skills you need to make yourself more marketable and get them. Campus resources. Online tutorials. NewsU (journalism skills) Knight Digital Media Center (multimedia) Campfire Journalism (multimedia) W3 Schools / Codeyear (Code)
Use BGSU’s Career Center Find sample journalism resumes online. Make sure your resume really shows employers what you can do. Make sure to have a LinkedIn account. Start working on an online portfolio.
Start following influential people or organizations in your area. Start following people at companies at which you would like to work. Get involved in journalism chats. › #journchat (Mondays, 8 p.m.) › #wjchat (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
Write about a topic or interest about which you are most passionate. Blogs showcases your writing, multimedia, blogging and CMS skills. Blogs showcases your special knowledge. › Weebly, Wordpress, Blogger, Wix, etc.
Read good journalism. Learn about the latest trends in journalism. › Websites, Magazines, Newsreader Read about entrepreneurship, freelancing Learn more about a topic of interest that could lead to a specialty beat.