You can use a digital portfolio to land a job in journalism. It's a great way to collect all of your work in one place, but it can also show that you are skilled at putting together an effective communications package, and more importantly demonstrates that you can produce news content and tell stories across multiple platforms and mobile applications. Take a look at The Creative Group's Salary Guide to see what creative and marketing skills can mean for your starting salary.
Here are some areas of multi-media journalism that you should explore:
Clarify your professional aspiration and then build your portfolio with a specific audience or position in mind. Think about what your audience wants to see:
(You can try a search in SRDS for possibilities and some demographic information, and information should be available on the organization's website.)
Showcasing a few of your best examples is superior to long list of unconnected work:
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You will also want to consider whether you want to go beyond free resources and create a Website with your own domain name (you can also do this with a blog like WordPress) to establish a more lasting professional identity.
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Take a look at portfolio examples in your field using your chosen platform. You need to establish your own voice, but you can use the examples to consider what works and what doesn't work and why. Here are some real life examples that will help you get started with your search:
You need to be a storyteller. News organizations want to know how you tell a story and interact online. You'll want to show examples that tell stories, but you also want to use the portfolio to tell your story. You can start by organizing your portfolio into simple sections: a homepage, an "about me" section, your resume, examples of your work and contact information.
Your home page should be clean and simple with
Your work examples are the heart of your story. You should
Your “about me” section should include
Your resume should
One hiring manager's comment about the portfolio: "Give me reasons why you should be in my newsroom."
So keep the "why me" question in mind as you evaluate your portfolio. Also, proofread your work carefully and get feedback from others (like your career adviser, faculty, and internship supervisors). You'll need to continually revise it and keep it up to date to ensure your experience is relevant to the job market.