Posted by Stephanie Kocer
We all know that it is important to walk into a job interview with examples of your work. In today’s ever-changing, technological world journalists usually have their entire portfolio on their own website. A recent Poynter article by Susanna Speier called “Digital Portfolios for Journalists: What are Your Options?” explains that more and more journalists are using portfolio platforms to help them create this personal site.
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Here are a few tips the article highlighted about some of the portfolio sites out there that I found useful for building a personal portfolio site:
1. Be organized– First, make sure your site is user-friendly, so employers can easily find what they’re looking for on it. You should also make sure that your site is tailored to the type of job you want to get. For example, if you’re wanting to get a job that has something to do with audio, make sure all of your clips are together and are easy to find quickly.
2. PDFs are a must- Having links to online clips is great, but you should also always include a PDF with it too on your site. You never know when things from the web could be taken down or lost, so having a PDF of your clip for backup is a must. Pressfolios, one of the newest personal portfolio sites, goes so far as to automatically add a full PDF version of a clip you upload to the site, regardless of how you originally uploaded it (like if you just put up the URL to a clip). The PDFs are also only made for the user and never seen by the public. It serves as a nice little backup for you just in case.
3. Use what you already have- Sites such as Clippings.me lets you create accounts with other social media logins you already have. You can also embed an RSS feed from your portfolio site onto your LinkedIn profile. If you’re a multimedia journalist you can embed YouTube, Vimeo, AudioBoo, SoundCloud, and Storify clips to your portfolio.
4. Let editors look for you- On a site called Contently journalists are able to get a premium package that allows them the option of being approached by editors from newsrooms and corporate publications for writing opportunities.
5. WordPress is still good- Even with these new portfolio building sites, WordPress is still a valuable one to check out. It can show that you know how to build your own website and it offers you the chance to change your theme a little by coding.
Do any of you have personal portfolio sites? Is anyone currently working on one? If you don’t have one do any of these platforms sound interesting and useful to you?