Being a columnist sounds incredible – composing professionally, setting the news plan, voicing your supposition, talking with individuals, bringing issues to light of stories that you believe are motivating. In any case, hello, I don’t have to move you news coverage – you wouldn’t be here in the event that you weren’t sharp, OK?
First of all, there is completely zero point attempting to make it in media on the off chance that you aren’t spurred, dedicated and sure beyond a shadow of a doubt it’s what you need to do.
News columnists can work as long as 50 hours out of every week, particularly when simply beginning and attempting to develop a portfolio and contacts. The hours can be unsociable, you must be geologically adaptable and columnists need to work compelled to tight due dates. As it were: it’s hard unite.
Be that as it may, in the event that you are submitted and you need to be the following James O’Brien, Owen Jones or Andrew Neil (ideally with a superior hair style – no offense, Andrew) at that point let it all out.
There is nobody settled way to making it in the media. Writers have various foundations and you can enter the business at any age in a wide range of ways. Here are a few plans to kick you off.
Get involved in student media (obviously only applicable if you’re a student)
In case you’re an undergrad understudy who needs to be a columnist and isn’t effectively engaged with your University’s understudy media set up, at that point truly, for what reason would you say you are perusing this article?
Understudy media is the nearest experience you can get to working in the media without really working in the media. At Manchester University, for instance, there’s the Manchester Media Group comprising of The Mancunion (the University paper), Fuse FM (the University radio show) and Fuse TV (the University TV channel).
I’m Head News Editor of The Mancunion and this has given me helpful aptitudes in WordPress, industry-standard Adobe InDesign and discovering, altering and composing news content likened to working for a paper.
Get some social media management experiance
WTF?! Why will this increase my chances of making it as a journalist?! As Sheffield University states: “To be a successful news reporter your social media, camera and content management skills must be as sharp as your nose for a story.”
There are lots of ways you can get social media management experience. Charities are always looking for volunteers to manage their pages and university societies equally often have social media pages you can run.
Apply for media-related jobs and see what happens
“If you don’t buy a ticket, you’ll never win the lottery” is an overused phrase but it does hold some validity in journalism. If you don’t apply for jobs in the media, how will you ever know if you stand a chance of landing them or not?
Just read job descriptions carefully, tailor your Cv and write a strong Coverletter – originality can be a good way to stand out from the crowd. Get someone else to read your application – be that family, friends, University Careers Service team member or literally anyone whose judgement you trust. Then take the feedback on board, edit your CV accordingly (maybe repeat these steps a couple of times) and then fire away some applications.