Building A Portfolio
Earlier, we talked about a portfolio and how important it is to have one. Your education will not get you in the door unless you have some experience to back it up. Fortunately, there are ways we discussed that will enable you to write even if you do not have your degree and get your name out there.
There are two ways to build a portfolio of your writing samples and you should use both of them if you are gong to look for jobs in journalism. Just like a resume, the portfolio needs to be updated often. You never know when you are going to need to look for a job, so it makes sense to have a resume and portfolio ready to go.
The two ways that you need to use to build a portfolio are to have a printed portfolio as well as a website. Both of these can aid you in getting a job. You should have both of them as one is a fast way to show perspective employers your work, and one is more reliable as the printed work will remain even if the website goes down.
Having a website as a portfolio of your work is not difficult. There are many different web hosting companies that will provide free hosting, or hosting for a few dollars a month. You do not need a lot of bells and whistles for your website. You just need to have samples of your writing in a professional display. You should have both the writing copied and pasted on your website as well as a link to the live article. Be sure to state that you are including these as samples of your writing so that you do not face copyright infringement in cases where you sold your article to a website.
Only include articles with bylines when you are building a portfolio. Ghost writing does not count. And for good measure, be sure that you only include articles for which you were paid if you are posting online articles into your portfolio. If you were not paid and put articles on a site like Ezine, you can include them as they, and other article distribution sites, will make sure that the article does not contain errors and is well written before they agree to post it.
You will also want to print any articles out that are online under your byline and put them in a folder. But all of your articles, clippings and writing samples in a professional looking portfolio so that you can present it to a prospective employer.
Write as much as you can, take on jobs as a stringer or even write for free to build your portfolio. The internet has made it easier than ever to get a byline for your work, although it is good if you have some print media included in your portfolio along with internet articles.
Regarding your website, be sure that it is professional and also depicts your updated resume. You can easily apply for a job by sending a link to your website to an employer. You should also upload a resume for them to take a look at so they can view that before they opt to go to your website. Having a website can enable to not only get internet writing jobs, but also print media jobs as today everyone wants to get information as fast as possible. Having a professional website as well as a printed, professional portfolio is one way that you can impress potential employers and land a job in the journalism field.