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Career advice for journalists

Mattermap door Journalism.co.uk account 24 april 2014

Career advice for journalists

  • What's the best way to present your CV as a freelance journalist?

    • As an ex-recruiter one of the key parts of your CV is the profile box. It needs to be punchy and really sell you skillset. When applying where possible edit your profile accordingly, so you can show the employer in ten or so bullet points you are the right person for the role. ...»
      Alexander Heady Senior media sales/account manager, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • CV formats always invoke such heated debate, but there really is no right or wrong despite the hundreds of articles and books on the subject. I have no concerns if it’s one page or 10 as
      long as the most pertinent information is on page one and it’s easy to scan.
      ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Two pages is ideal (pdfs are the most common format) and a good covering letter gives you a 3d page if you're canny ;) I would recommend that you supplement your cv with plenty of links to your online presence – your Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, (LinkedIn is particularly useful to show off your experience and examples of your work) your blog and, for example, your YouTube or SoundCloud channel so your experience is showcased that way instead of in paragraphs. These are things I always look for on CVs. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Regionals Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Presumably in most cases you will be sending your CV by email. In which case, it would be easy to include some links in your covering letter to work published online, and/or PDFs of print published articles. ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • Are there any particular skills/steps to take to enrol into a trainee journalist scheme?

    • We always wanted to see strong writing skills (in the application form initially and then tested if the applicant was invited to interview), and as much experience as possible, so internships, work experience, student magazines, student or hospital radio, blogging, personal websites ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • I think already having a strong portfolio (in print and online) helped me massively, as well as having a clear idea of the career path you want to follow. You need to show you're committed to journalism, so be prepared to answer a question on where you see yourself in the next 5 years. ...»
      Abigail Edge Technology editor, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Having good work experience under your belt is always going to help open that newsroom door to a trainee scheme. I worked for 12 months on a paper to get the experience that meant I could then apply for and get a role on a larger paper that would pay for my training. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • Would it be more beneficial to start at the local level or to start at a specialist magazine for the field you want to enter?

    • I guess it depends on where you want to go in the future. If you're more interested in general news, I'd say a local newspaper is ideal, but if you have a niche you want to pursue, and can get onto a specialist magazine, it will help you hone your specialism from the start. ...»
      Rachel Bartlett Editor, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • If you have a particular specialism in mind, I would say go for the specialist magazine route. A year or two on a local paper first won't do you any harm though; it will teach you to be adaptable to different reporting circumstances. ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • What field do you want to enter? There are many specialist websites that are probably easier to get experience in writing than there are magazines. The regional press is always going to give you a great grounding and it certainly gives you a good head start if you are interested in working for a national news title. But if you want to work for a music mag, for example, I think you'd be better getting plenty of examples of your work under your belt, and then going for that specialist field. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • How can I get my local newspapers to notice my work? And how can I expand my blog to reach journalists?

    • Do your local newspapers have any online rivals - hyperlocal blogs etc? Write some good stories for them and you will be noticed.
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • I started on the regional press and think it's a great way to get experience covering a range of subjects - from court reporting to politics and business, reviews and human interest stories. Specialist magazines are good if you know you want to follow a certain niche, but at the start of your career it might be better to keep your options open - you might discover you really love writing about a topic you'd never considered before. ...»
      Abigail Edge Technology editor, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • When I was at school, I wrote to the editor of my local newspaper many times until he invited me in for a day. When I was a bit older, I asked if I could go again for work experience and went for another week. Then I started sending in ideas for stories and eventually I was invited to write a column. At the end of the day, it’s all about creativity, ideas and contacts, so approaching any editor with ideas that you think will appeal to their audience is going to get you noticed. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • I'd also say social media is a great way to get an in with your local news brand, especially Twitter - you can talk to journalists direct, ping ideas, retweet etc. All this builds your social currency and their awareness of you. I know a teenage photographer who got a double page spread out of his paper simply by tweeting them a photo he'd taken of swans. He's now a regularly published (and paid) wildlife photographer.
      Also, try and get some work experience in the newsroom - you probably won't end up writing many stories initially but you'll get to know the staff, and understand how newsrooms work.
      ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • How feasible is non-traditional entry to journalism, e.g for non-journo degrees or higher (like PhD)?

    • You might perceive that there’s a “traditional” route into journalism, but rather like teaching, people come into from all sorts of routes – I know plenty of journalists, broadcasters, programme makers, who started life as a biologist, teacher, city trader – all sorts! ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • There has been a massive proliferation of journalism courses over the past couple of decades but I believe "non-traditional" entries into the profession will continue to happen (as they always did). The NCTJ is mostly favoured by the local press so not a requirment at many other different types of news/features outlets. However, core skills such as shorthand and an understanding of media law will not hold you back. ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • I have been a PR Executive for 2 years. What would be the best way to make a shift from PR to Journalism?

    • I did a journalism postgraduate diploma at City University and there was a girl on my course who was previously working in PR. She's now sub at Mail Online. So I don't think you can make a direct transition without doing extra training, but already having strong writing skills and the ability to meet deadlines will definitely be a benefit. ...»
      Abigail Edge Technology editor, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Presumably you've made some good journalist contacts as part of your job? Might be worth offering to buy a couple of them coffee/tea to pick their brains. If you haven't got any formal journalism training, you might have to be prepared to pay for study, take a salary cut, do some unpaid work experience etc. No easy answers I'm afraid. ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • I have met a lot of journalists who have moved into PR and vice-versa – it’s really the same as before – building as much experience as possible, can you start off suggesting a piece for a PR magazine, or just target magazines, papers, etc with ideas that you’re interested in and think you can write. It’s all about building a portfolio that you can show a prospective employee. With a sideways-move, you will need to consider your salary and might need what feels like a step-down to begin with. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • Which do you feel is more advantageous - an MA in Journalism or an NCTJ course?

    • I’m always looking at experience rather than qualifications. It’s down to you to weigh-up the investment in time and cash for each option. Whatever you do, try and surround your course experience with as much practical experience as you can get to build-up your portfolio / showreel. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • That's a tough one. NCTJ is very practical and has immediate application in a newsroom - a reporter who comes in with that qualification is Known Quantity and it's a benchmark for many newsrooms. However, it can depend on the MA topic. There's no right decision imo - it really is what you feel will work for you. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • I'm an editor for an in-house B2B magazine. Any tips on transitioning into mainstream/B2C?

    • I would say you're well positioned for a move into mainstream media - in your role you probably have operational, managerial and strategic experience and so assuming you have a portfolio that underlines that, you should be good to go. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Does the content of your B2B magazine have wider appeal – can you find an angle that would appeal to a consumer magazine or newspaper? If so, then you’re the expert – write to editors of mags that you think would be interested and pitch the idea. You probably need to check your employer is okay with you writing elsewhere. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • I am an aspiring sports reporter with lots of experience but struggling to secure paid opportunities. Any advice on how I can increase my chances of gaining work?

    • Sports journalism is an incredibly competitive field; have you considered going for a more generic role first? It might be easier to specialise later in your career.
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • All the sports journalists I’ve met or interviewed started off by offering coverage of local teams – frankly there’s too many smaller division sports for the media to cover, so being to offer your services is such a great way in. A young journalist I worked with did this – he offered to send in reports on a local football team, first to his local newspaper and radio station; this went well, and he offered the same to a major national station which picked him up as well; he persevered and is now a national reporter. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • It is a such a difficult field to break into - there are a lot of hopeful sports journos out there banging on doors - but it would help if you can demonstrate something a bit extra - a great social media presence, for example. But I think John is right - it's easier to move across the newsroom into the sports department than go directly in. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • How do you think the industry will change and how can aspiring journos prepare themselves?

    • Increasingly newspaper websites have rich content including video, audio and YouTube channels, so increasing your multi-platform skills is a must and being across development is essential. As a broadcast journalist for example, you will be responsible for audio and visual media, as well as writing for websites, blogs, you’ll be expected to Tweet and you’re likely to be designing the graphics. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Be as agile as possible; be as comfortable producing news/features for audio and video as for print. Be active and responsive on key social media channels. Be always prepared to learn new ways of doing your job. Keep an open mind. Watch out for the next big thing. ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • The industry is undergoing a massive shift and knowing how that is impacting on the particular type of journalism you are interested in is a key strength. Newspapers are pouring resources into their web sites now, for example, and so going to an interview and talking enthusiastically about your longing to be published in print (this happens A LOT!) is going to do you no favours.
      Prepare by being digitally confident and adept. Be an engaged user of social media with good understanding of how the different platforms work, and demonstrate that you can market yourself and your work that way. Have great mobile journalism skills (there are many short courses available) and be prepared to show them off at your interview on a tablet or phone. Ability to make your own interactives and data viz.
      ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • Do you think a journalist would jeopardize his/her career if he/she starts working as PR? Would it be an ethics problem? Is there a way to maintain both editorial and PR careers or is it necessary to choose one of them?

    • Many journalists work in PR too – writing copy and telling a story are key skills to both roles. But PR isn’t journalism, it is a form of sales and writing to a client’s brief.
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • Do you want to do them at the same time? I know a few reporters who also do the pr for their local grassroots sports club but, for example, shifting for the local paper and the council as a freelancer is going to get your work and impartiality called into question. ...»
      Alison Gow Editor, digital content innovation team, Trinity Mirror Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • As an aspiring journalist, is having a blog obligatory, or are there other contributor-powered sites that you can write for instead?

    • Nothing is obligatory but the more (good) published material you have in your portfolio, the more attractive you will be to potential employers.
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
    • No right-or-wrong here, a blog isn’t obligatory, it’s just one of the many things you can do to demonstrate and develop your writing. Finding formal work experience is often as competitive as applying for a job, so making your own through blogging, your own website, YouTube etc is a great substitute/addition. ...»
      Daniell Morrisey Head of talent, BBC Comedy Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014
  • What would you suggest for someone looking to change from working in the political bubble to reporting on it but without the money to spend on a post grad course? Is it frowned upon to offer tea-making services in return for a short spell of evening or weekend work experience?

    • I think you would be better off making more of a proposition of your political knowledge than your tea-making abilities. We would never expect interns here to make the tea (although offers of tea would never be turned down!). But, yes, some short internships if you can get them should help. Be strategic about where you do them and make sure you impress while you are there (for the right reasons). ...»
      John Thompson Owner, Journalism.co.uk Bron: journalism.co.uk 11/04/2014

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