Module 13
Getting Ready for the Real World

Staying on top of changes in communications technology is an important part of any journalist's job these days. Beyond the equipment you use in the newsgathering process, you need to stay plugged in to what's happening in the larger media world and how new developments might be affecting journalism. As you complete these exercises and explore the module resources, you will learn to:

  • Prepare for multimedia jobs. Through course work, internships, and self-learning, today's journalists can better prepare themselves for current and future jobs. Finding work requires thorough planning and knowledge of what prospective employers are looking for.
  • Showcase yourself. From your cover letter to the in-person interview, you need to be sure that your potential employer sees nothing but the best you can offer. That means creating high-quality resumes, reels, and portfolios and preparing yourself well for the interview process.
  • Access job hunting resources. The web has made finding work easier in one respect: There are more tools than ever available. You'll learn where to find some of the most helpful.

Module Exercises

  • Exercise 1: Skill Building: Create an Online Portfolio
  • Exercise 2: LinkedIn for Journalists
  • Exercise 3: Resume Reel Critique