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Jobs for Journalists at Patch

Patch.com is recruiting journalists. Here’s where you can apply. If you are a journalism student, you may not have quite the experience they’re looking for in an editor (the editors’ bios are at the top of each local site). But you can see if there’s a Patch in your hometown and do some freelancing for them.

Patch bills itself as a start-up that is “radically reinventing community journalism.” Time will tell if this proves to be true. They launched a little over a year ago and have a number of sites up and running around the country. They’re expanding  – hence the job openings.

For journalism students, it’s instructive to look at what they’re looking for in an editor.  I think it’s a sign of the times that in addition to the usual journalistic skills like knowledge of AP Style, applicants need to know how to edit video and use social networking tools in their reporting.

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Poynter Fellowship for Journalism Students

One of the best training seminars I’ve attended as a journalist was at the Poynter Institute in Florida. I took a four-day intro to multimedia session taught by Al Tompkins, which set me on my way to new beginnings in video journalism.

Now the highly-regarded school for journalists is accepting applications for its 2010 Fellowship for College Journalists. The fellowship is from May 16 to 28, although the deadline for applications is March 1. It’s a very prestigious fellowship and you would make connections there to very smart journalists whose knowledge you can tap into long after the fellowship is over.

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Journalism Student Sample Resumes

It’s always good to have an example to inspire you when you’re drawing up a resume, so I did a little hunting around to find some sample resumes for journalism students. Here’s one I found at College Grad.com (hit on the first link on the list when you get to the site) which I like because it has an expanded “Education” section that lists courses taken at college.

If you want to see how professional journalists and authors are establishing their “Web presence” take a look at Author Bytes.com. These are professionally made websites with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect. Take a look at New York Times columnist Paul Krugman‘s site. I liked the layout of the one belonging to writer Alison Overholt. I’m not advocating that students pay to have a site made for themselves, rather I’m suggesting that students use these professional sites as a source of ideas for layout and organization.

There are plenty of web platforms that students can use for FREE to create their own “web presence,” such as WordPress.com, which is what I use for this blog, or Blogger, or Tumblr. These free platforms can be used to create a site that meets your needs. If you’re a journalism student, you may not yet need a page devoted to public speaking, but you might want to create a page to display some great photographs you’ve taken. Some of my students put their resumes on their sites, which is useful when hunting for internships or jobs. (I would recommend that you DO NOT put your address or phone number online. An email address should be enough.)

If you need ideas for cover letters, here’s one for a journalism internship from Best Cover Letters.com.  Here’s another one for a journalism job from Best Cover Letters.com. Remember to CHECK THE SPELLING of everything you write, PARTICULARLY THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE WRITING TO. Also, these samples are out there on google for all journalism students to see. Don’t use them word for word!

For those of you who have clips from newspapers that don’t have websites, you could do what Purchase Journalism Student, Michael Shor did, which was to scan the clips, then post them on a free website at sites.google.com. Prospective employers can now see his clips online, which many want to do these days.

Job hunting can be tough. Aim high. Have a few back-up plans. Be polite but persistent. Believe in yourself. Don’t take anything personally.

May The Force be with you.

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Online Job-Hunting Tools

Seniors take note: Here’s a great piece from The New York Times over the weekend which has some great advice about how to be online-ready when you start your job hunt. It talks about professional networking sites like LinkedIn and Xing for networking and sites.google.com as a place to set up your own Web site. There’s even a little advice about how to clean up your online profile so recruiters don’t dig up ghastly online material that might count against you.

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TV Stations Want College Grads With Multimedia Skills

page5_blog_entry1044_2page5_blog_entry1044_11This just in from Poynter’s Al Tompkins: An interesting post about TV stations going to recruit “backpack journalists” with multimedia skills. Here’s the LINK.

The pathway to a job in local TV news — provided you’re willing to work long hours for minimal pay — is perhaps easier now than it’s ever been for kids out of college with minimal experience but a willingness to learn on the fly.

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Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award

There isn’t much time left to apply for this award, applications have to be postmarked April 1. But if you’ve got three good clips that show excellence in reporting and and understanding of the importance of the free press, you could win $5,000. The Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award is run by the Institute on Political Journalism, which has other internships and awards worth keeping an eye on. Click HERE for more information on the award.

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NBC Paid Internship to Honor Tim Russert

Seniors, take note:

Beginning on March 23rd, NBC will begin soliciting applications for a one-year, paid position in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau.  The fellow will work on a rotational basis in key areas of the bureau including assignments on “Meet the Press” and with the NBC News Political Unit. Responsibilities will include assisting talent and producers, participating in news shoots, and story research. The goal is to give one graduating senior the opportunity to be mentored by seasoned NBC News staff members and truly experience a yearlong “boot camp” in political journalism.

NBC is looking for an all around outstanding student, who not only displays a talent for journalism but also is a proven leader dedicated to improving the community. NBC News will continue to sponsor the Fellowship for years to come as a lasting tribute to our friend, Tim.

Tim Russert Fellowship applications and candidate requirements will be available on 
http://www.nbcunicareers.com from March 23 through April 10.

This tip came in from Poynter’s Al Tompkins.

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Looking for Internships?

Elissa Sonnenberg, a journo prof from University of Cincinnati, reminded me on Facebook of this site as being a good place to look for internships American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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Got2BeGreen Looking for Aspiring Journalists

 

Got2BeGreen, an environmental blog recently named on TIME magazine’s Top 25 Blogs list, is looking for “aspiring journalists” to contribute. Here’s the graph from the posting :

Got2BeGreen has taken on a new regional focus. Our Green2gether section is dedicated to this effort. We are looking for aspiring journalists for all of the U.S. states and as many countries as possible to post green news and events from their region.

Got2BeGreen has readers in over 100 different countries and our visitor count is growing every month. This is a great opportunity to bolster your resume or CV and all of our journalists will have the option of posting a bio page on the site.
If you are interested, please use our Feedback Form to contact us and tell us the region that you would like to contribute for. No experience is necessary, we providing training and support. Thank you!

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