Do j-students have a future?
“So, you want to be a journalist? Ha ha ha. Jeez.” Not exactly encouraging words from the Gawker, but at least the satirical website has a sense of humour about it. As j-students prepare to graduate, there couldn’t be more interesting times awaiting. Jobs are bound to be scarce, which only means there’s more call for creativity and gumption.
“The most exciting career path of all will be the one taken by aspiring journalists who don't land a job at an established media outlet,” writes Kelly Toughill in Why Keep Studying Journalism?
How to get started? Freelance writer and broadcaster Julia Kilpatrick provides useful freelancing tips. The article Networking in Real Time leads to web networking areas where editors and freelancers find each other. A solid online profile is important for today’s graduates – and not that goofy Facebook picture of you wearing a lampshade. The other option is to simply change the way things are. After all, the whole point of journalism education is to prepare students with broad critical skills to re-invent the future of media.