post by Lindsay Susla
If you’re not planning to take a class this J-term, you may be unsure what to do with the six weeks off school looming ahead of us. Use that time to learn a new skill, update your resume, or make a website or blog to showcase your writing clips and portfolio. When it comes time to apply for internships, you will be glad to have this fabulous way to showcase the work you’ve done, as well as show off your web and technology skills.
Here are a few links to help you get started on a portfolio website:
Poynter News University offers a tutorial on WordPress for Beginners, which will walk you through creating the site, picking themes, and managing your blog, among other tips and tricks.
Incorporate social media so visitors can see you’re tuned in online and understand how to market yourself. Linking social media platforms with your portfolio blog will allow you to do some cross-promotional work and send more traffic to both.
Issuu allows you to upload PDFs and create an online portfolio in a few quick steps. Perfect for designers who want to upload InDesign PDFs or large images, the final project is a virtual book layout.
Lastly, choose photos that will complement your posts, or if you are posting your own designs or pictures, make sure that if they posted other places, they will link back to your site and increase traffic.
Does anyone else have tips for journalism students with free time?