Flourish, Don’t Flounder, at Your First Journalism Job or Internship

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Course Overview

Flourish, Don’t Flounder, at Your First Journalism Job or Internship
This webinar is free to registered NewsU users.
Originally Broadcast On:
August 30, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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You’ve taken some classes, aced a test or two and maybe even have a fresh journalism degree in hand. Now comes the hard part. In a field where networking and clips are the gold standards, you have to make a big impact in your jobs and internships to move your career forward.

We know it’s daunting. But Mary Shedden, news director at WUSF Public Media, has hired many employees and interns and is here to help.

In this webinar, we’ll share all the information you need to know to make your resume shine, impress potential bosses and — after you’ve gotten the gig — how to make the most of it. We’ll tackle the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your teachers and your friends don’t know.

What Will I Learn:
  • What to include (and leave out) on your resume and cover letter
  • The important skills you’ll need for any job
  • How to tell if a job or internship will be good for you
  • Ways to impress your boss without being a suck-up
  • Navigating the conversations about more opportunities
  • What to wear, what to bring and all the other questions you're afraid to ask
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who is looking for or about to start his or her first job or internship in journalism or a journalism-related field.

Course Instructor:

Mary Shedden

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, the NPR station in Tampa, Florida.

Since arriving at WUSF in 2013, Shedden has worked as a reporter and as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She’s also worked at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun.

Over the years, she’s helped tell the stories of Floridians living with HIV, children poisoned by toxic toys, and the families whose loved ones were murdered by a serial killer.

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512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
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Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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