Tips for managing your career, especially for job seekers.

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More journalism fellowships, internships deadlines approaching for 2014

Although the first wave of internship and fellowship deadlines passed in November, numerous opportunities are still available for students, recent graduates and experienced full-time journalists. Get your applications in on time to take advantage of these opportunities in 2014 (listed in order of deadline — strikethrough means deadline has passed):

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Student Mentorship Program
    IRE is launching a new one-year mentorship program to pair student journalists with professionals for “one-on-one guidance, advice, critiques and conversation, and online training opportunities.” Soon-to-graduate college students who are IRE members are eligible.
    Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013
    Apply online
  • Associated Press Global News Internship Program
    Twenty students or recent graduates with experience in video enter a 12-week summer internship at AP’s U.S. and international bureaus covering breaking news.
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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

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Tips for Storytellers: Your personal brand

If someone “googles” you, what will they find? A well-crafted, professional profile? The finest samples of your work? A summary of your ideas about the future of journalism? Over time, you leave quite a digital trail. Here are bits of advice for refining your personal brand—part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers. Next Friday: Tips for data visualization.

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Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

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Tips for Storytellers: Creating an online portfolio

The key to getting a great job or internship is showing what you can do. An online portfolio is the new norm for a crucial first impression. Here are a few ideas, part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers. Next Friday: How to sharpen your personal brand with social media.

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Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

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How journalists can build their own powerful brands

Dan Schawbel, author of “Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success” and  “Me 2.0″ and founder of Millennial Branding, talked to Poynter and a live chat audience about what a career brand is—and what it is not—and how journalists in particular can further the brands that make them unique in their newsroom or the marketplace. Strong journalistic brands do for people just what they do for companies, leading to greater reach and opportunity.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2013

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Living on AIR: Strategies for freelancers

Freelancers will find that Sue Schardt, executive director of AIR, Inc., has a world of strategies to help them succeed. AIR is the Association of Independents in Radio and, in 25 years, has grown to 900 members. It describes its network as “a global social and professional network … representing an extensive range of disciplines, from NPR news journalists and reporters, to sound artists, station station-based producers, podcasters, gearheads, media activists, and more.”

Schardt and her team offered many tips on how to start freelancing, how print journalists can contribute to radio and how to start podcasting. You can revisit this page at any time to replay the chat.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013

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Exploring the new role of developer advocate

In today’s career chat, we’ll talk with Chrys Wu, who has just been named The New York Times’ developer advocate.

Wu has worked in a variety of media and roles, pushing the envelope for digital journalism. Her work includes development, audience development and digital storyteller. From 3 to 4 p.m. ET, we will talk about how developers contribute to news reports, why they need an advocate and how advocates can benefit newsrooms.

Twitter users can ask questions ahead of time using the hashtag #poynterchats. You can revisit this page at any time to replay the chat after it has ended.

 

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Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013

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What it takes to make hyperlocal journalism work

AOL’s decision to close or sell unprofitable Patch sites and lay off staffers has renewed attention to hyperlocal journalism in recent weeks.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, is tracking how the Patch changes have affected the hyperlocal news landscape. She has done research and writing on hyperlocal news throughout the years and has a lot of ideas about what it takes to make this type of journalism work.

She shared some of her ideas in a live chat, which you can replay here:

 

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Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

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How journalists can build powerful brands

Editor’s note: Unfortunately, this chat has been postponed. We are rescheduling it and will update this post once we’ve determined a new date.

In today’s career chat, we’ll talk with Dan Schawbel, author of the just-published, “Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success.” Schawbel is also author of “Me 2.0″ and founder of Millennial Branding, a Gen-Y research and management consulting firm.

From 3 to 4 p.m. ET, we will talk about what a career brand is — and is not — and how journalists can develop brands that make them unique in the marketplace. Strong journalistic brands do for people what they do companies; they lead to greater reach and opportunity.

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Tuesday, Aug. 06, 2013

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How journalists can become more familiar with programming

In our latest career chat, we talked with Michelle Minkoff and Nathan Griffiths, two interactive producers from the Associated Press.

They talked about how all journalists can become more familiar with programming and play a bigger role in creating interactive content. The work can take a couple directions: One is to collaborate more with developers, (something Minkoff has written about before for Poynter.org); the other is to actually learn some programming skills. Minkoff and Griffiths will offer advice for people wanting to take either direction and will answer your questions.

You can replay the chat here:

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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How to boost your narrative journalism skills, experience

In today’s career chat, we talked with Joe Donnelly, executive editor of Mission and State — a site that aims to deliver “powerful, deeply reported, richly experienced narratives” from Santa Barbara, Calif. The site features investigative and explanatory journalism delivered on multimedia platforms.

During the chat, Donnelly talked about how narratives are told now, how journalists can grow their narrative skills, and where they can get published. Donnelly is the founding publisher and co-editor of the longform journal Slake: Los Angeles and was the deputy editor of LA Weekly.

You can replay the chat here:

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