Tom Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and Press at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He also serves as the Research Director of journalistsresource.org.
The two most common scenarios I hear from graduates:
1.) “I don’t have the experience or writing portfolio to get the job”
2.) “I want to get paid for their writing”
Rock, hard place… there you are. What can you do fill that gap? Not only do you need to to write, and develop content, but you also need goals and aspirations. Did you know you can get paid for your writing through contests and awards? All the while, you will be building your portfolio.
Here is a list of contests that you will definitely want to look into:
Writer Mag Contests http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/
Society of Professional Journalism http://www.spj.org/awards.asp#5
International Photography Awards http://www.photoawards.com/en/
Global Editors Network – Data Journalism Awards http://www.globaleditorsnetwork.org/programmes1/data-journalism-awards/
Video Contest News http://videocontestnews.com/about-vcn/