These days, many people would want to get a journalism career because they feel that it is the easiest way to earn money. Some even think that this could be their gate to fame while others believe that nothing could be easier than this. No matter what your reason is, it would still be best to consider carefully your options so you won’t regret it in the end.
Paving the way
As an industry, journalism itself can be tough on those aspiring ones. Why? because this is a demanding job that only the “tough” ones are able to handle. Experts say that aspirants who are not tough enough to meet the demands of this strict industry should be thinking twice to even consider it. This is because the industry doesn’t only require one to have the superior skills in writing but would also require one to meet certain challenges for a paltry pay.
If you still want to have a journalism career despite all its pitfalls, here are some of the things that you need to do to open up the doors for the industry:
1. Find a good school and get a journalism degree. These days, students who were able to finish a journalism degree in reputable schools have greater advantages of getting a journalism career compared to those who did not. This is because the training that one gets in a journalism school may be enough to be qualified for the job and if he or she was able to finish a degree, chances are, he or she will be the topmost considerations when an employer accepts for the job. If you really want to land on a journalism job, it is best if you finish a journalism degree in school because here, you will learn not only the basic such as writing and editing but other aspects of media as well such as layout design, photography, and even desktop publishing.
2. Take an active role in the school paper. While in college, it is best to find a training ground for your future career. In journalism, the best training ground would be the school paper because here, you will be allowed to write for publication. You will also have the chance to experience all the things that happen in the real world or journalism such as beating deadlines and your work getting edited by the editor. If you can’t write for the college paper, find other venues where you can get your articles published such as the community paper, the college magazine, the school’s literary folio, the yearbook, and even an online publication where other students can access it and read your works.
3. Establish a good relationship with your journalism professors and even internship superiors. If you have a network in the journalism industry, it will be easier for you to launch a journalism career in the future. If you were able to establish a good-natured relationship with your professors who are media practitioners, they can help you land on a job in their current publication once you graduate. If not, they can recommend you to other editors they know and if you pass all the tests and the requirements, you might even get the job in the publication.
Your internship supervisors can also do the same job as your professors. All you need to do is to keep in touch and keep them updated about your life.