Posted by: Susan Nourse
We were all told that we needed to go to college and get good grades to land out dream job, but it seems that getting an education simply isn’t enough to land a job as a journalist anymore. What employers are really looking for is experience.
Having the perfect 4.0 GPA has lost its relevance. Perfect grades crumple next to portfolios of published work in the hiring process. Working in an environment where you’re writing stories on a deadline is more impressive to future employers than getting straight A’s.
But this brings up a problem. If employers are only looking to hire journalist with work experience, how are you going to get hired without it?
Here are a few ways to gain experience before applying for your dream journalism job:
Write for a school publication: There are several options to write for your school publications. Writing for your school’s newspaper, magazines or other publications will help you gain experience and your name on the byline of a publication, building your portfolio.
Get an Internship: The portfolio you build through school publications can help you land an internship while you’re still in school. If you can impress your employer and colleagues, you can start a network of people who can help you land a job after you graduate. Your professors probably know journalist who work in the field and are looking for interns. Ask them to help you find an internship.
Do you think grades have lost their relevance in the field of journalism, or are they still important?