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Graduating from Journalism School? Tips for Landing That First Job

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So you've taken your required courses, written for the student newspaper and maybe done an internship or two. Graduation day is looming, your career as a college student is about to end, and you're ready to start your career as a journalist. Here are tips for landing that first entry-level job as soon as possible.

1. Create a Great Resume

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There are three elements to a print journalism job application package - your cover letter, resume and clips. Of these, your resume is the thing that will probably first get an editor's attention, so you've got one shot to make a great first impression. Here's how to get it right.

2. Write A Killer Cover Letter

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A good cover letter is an important part of a job application in any field, but in journalism - where great writing skills are essential - it's critical to have a cover letter that'll leave 'em impressed. So here are some steps you can follow to write a cover letter that'll knock 'em dead.

3. Get Your Clip Portfolio Together

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Clips are copies of your published articles. Most reporters save copies of every story they've ever had published, from high school onward. You need them to get a job in print or web journalism. Clips are often the deciding factor in whether a person is hired or not. Here you'll find tips on creating a great clip portfolio.



4. Create an Online Clip Portfolio

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More and more professional reporters are creating their own websites or blogs to showcase their work. But even if you're a student or citizen journalist, you can use Blogger, a free service from Google, to quickly set up an online portfolio of your clips.

5. Prepare for Your Job Interviews

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So you've applied for a journalism job or internship, and the editor has called you in for an interview. What can you do to make a great impression and maximize your chances of landing the job? Here are five tips.

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