Many people would want to have a journalism career because of the freedom and perks it gives to the person. Although it may seem easy to have one, it’s not always the case especially now that more and more people would want to become a part of the journalism industry.
If you are one of those who are eyeing for a journalism career, the best thing that you can do is earn the skills and the credentials needed for it. Writing skills and the “nose” for news should be honed as early as possible. This can be done by getting one’s self to read as many materials such as books, magazines, etc. as possible. By reading all these stuff, it will be easier for you to find your style in writing since you will be influenced by many writers. It will also help you widen your vocabulary that is essential for writing.
The next best thing that you can do is to earn credentials especially when you get to college. You can do this by taking up a journalism course or another course that can lead you to the profession. If you were able to finish a journalism course in college, it will be easier for you to apply for a journalism career when you finish since you already have the basic credentials to back you up.
While in college, you may also earn other forms of credentials aside from the academics by joining the school or community paper. When you do this, it will serve as your training ground while still studying. You will have an idea how the industry works and this experience will help you a lot once you finally apply for a journalism career.
It’s all in the preparation
Once you have all these, it will be easier for you to try your luck in applying in the nearest newspaper outfit or even in your dream daily broad sheet. Just like in applying for other jobs, many journalists today are required to bring in their resumes and samples of work. These are the basic things needed so the employer will have an idea if you are fit for the position.
So, it will be best if you start making your resume as early as now so you won’t be missing anything that is required of you. It is also best that as early as now, you should be choosing the sample of works that you may present to the editor or to the person in charge of hiring. It is best to choose your best works so you will have a chance in getting the job.
In choosing your sample works, consider those that are written very well and have reached a wide range of circulation. Although it is best that you choose these yourself, if you can, try to ask somebody to look at it. If they agree that one article is indeed the best one compared to the others, then you should take time to consider the suggestions.
Once you have all these you can start applying for a journalism career. It will be best to check if the newspaper outfits you are targeting have vacancies for the journalist or writer position. If you can apply online, try sending your resume as soon as possible.
But since your sample works would be a great reference, it would be best if you send everything—your resume and sample works—enclosed in an envelope via mail so the editors can see it right away.