There are so many tools a journalist will need to have in this competitive industry. Let’s list the most important ones:
- Photography skills: Journalists need to be able to take good photos. A photo could help or hurt your story. Photos can had the depth you need to a story, catch your readers eye or even help them with their understanding of your story.
- Video/video editing skills: Journalists need to know how to take good video and how to use software to edit it. It would be wise to become familiar with Final Cut Pro, iMovie and other editing softwares. Your video adds a visual aspect to your work. It should give the consumer the feeling of being there, while telling them the story.
- Writing skills/editing: Journalists need to be able to write their story well and edit it. Poorly written work hurts your credibility. Someone may skip over your work because they don’t think it’s credible if it is written horribly. You must learn to look at your work from different points of views to edit it. Every journalist absolutely has to learn to edit.
- Social media: Every journalist today must have working knowledge of how to use social media. Social media is way to connect with the consumers and you may be able to put out more information on social media. This allows you to connect to those you reach. Facebook and Twitter are great to start out with. They both allow you to upload videos, and make post of text and photos. Be careful how you use social media it can help or hurt you. It can help by letting you showcase who you are, but what you post can hurt you if you are looking for a job sometimes.Journalists should have their own platform to connect with their consumers. Whether it be a blog, website or social media page. This makes them seem more likable. Allows their fans to connect with them on a more personal level. Can showcase their work. This may even help them network or gain a bigger following.
- Skills, skills, skills: Of the skills from this section I think the most important ones were to dress professionally, explore different job sites, make a website and remember your interview starts when you walk in the door. When you arrive at an interview everyone is involved, so make sure you make a good impression as soon as you walk in. Also remember it’s good to have knowledge about alot of different things, this may determine whether you get hired or not. Try to learn about as many things as you can.