7 simple ways young journalists can get international exposure
By Ronke Sanya
The most dangerous place to remain as a young journalist is your comfort zone. The comfort zone is a local zone. A comfort zone is the zone where you remain, doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result. Media houses prefer to employÂ journalists that have a personal following, can reach a wider audience and as reporters can promote their work on their own accounts, so as a young journalist, here are simple ways you can step up your journalistic career:
Create a personal brand online: Social media is a great tool in the hand of journalists. It is a place you can market yourself and network.Â A place you can control and call your own. To develop your journalistic career, you must have a rich content online.
Awards and fellowship:Â Ask for informational concerning international fellowship and conferences. Awards and fellowship will help in broadening your horizon.
Training and retraining: Develop new skills. New skills in Writing, Editing, Â Photography, Video editing, Delivering news on mobile devices, Design, Entrepreneurial journalism, Programming, Social Media, among others.
Have a successful role model:Â Identify successful and internationally experienced journalists whose work you admire. Send them an email, give them a call, contact them anyhow, and let them know that you admire their work and would be grateful for any job-related tips they can give you.
Make international contacts: While you create a portfolio online, use this to connect with young and hardworking journalists in foreign countries.
Discipline and consistency: Clarify your goals, don’t get distracted by any form of discouraging factors, define who you are and consistently chase your dreams.
Show that you are hardworking:Â Work hard and work smart too. Set daily, weekly and/or monthly targets for yourself that will keep you motivated and donâ€™t forget to enjoy your work.
PS: Keep your ears down and constantly read www.mediacareerng.orgÂ