How do I freshen my portfolio?
I'm studying abroad in the fall, and the school I'm going to doesn’t offer
journalism classes. I worry that I’ll lose the writing skills I’ve learned this
summer, as well as the multimedia training. I’m afraid I won't have anything
fresh to show when I start looking for jobs next year. What should I do? --
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Being a reporter
isn’t a 9-to-5 job. It’s a ’round-the-clock state of mind.
Going to another country, even without journalism classes,
offers a perfect chance for you to find a thousand and one great stories. Just
open your eyes, ears and mind. Take your audio recorder and digital camera with
you everywhere. Interview people you come across – the shop owner, the poet,
the fountain cleaner, the fellow Innocent Abroad. Spend a few evenings a week
producing audio slideshows of your outings and encounters. Post them on your
Web site. (If you don’t have a Web site, get one.) When you go to look for your
first job, send the links to the audio stories along with your clips and
resume. You will stand out from the crowd.
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