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14 ways to kickstart your journalism career today

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Gwenda Bond’s ‘Double Down’ sheds a well-deserved light on the wondrous Lois Lane. Lois has settled into her new life with great friends, the mysterious SmallvilleGuy and an awesome job.

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That job? Working at the Daily Planet. Being a journalist is Lois’s dream and she’s seriously good at it. Her research and investigative skills really help her after she begins to delve into why her BFFs twin collapsed in a strange part of town.

BUT we don’t all live in Metropolis (sadly) and there aren’t many supernatural mysteries going on. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your Lois Lane spirit to get yourself a headstart in your career in journalism.

1. Be a social media pro.

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We don’t mean you have you tweet every 10 minutes and post every hour on Instagram, but do use them. Get your name known in the right places.

2. But in a good way!

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Don’t be a pain in the butt! Hounding people who’s jobs you want and generally making a nuisance of yourself in someone’s feed will get you noticed, but not in the way you want.

3. Join in.

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In Twitter chats, Q&As, conversations – everything.

4. Join your school/college/university newspaper.

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Perfect your craft! Try out different topics, styles, types of writing and experiment. Practice. You’re also getting some amazing experience.

5. Write. Write. Write.

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Whether it’s a diary, a blog post, a short story, a poem, or even a script, just write. Write. Write.

6. Start a blog.

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Build up a voice, a style, a name. Experiment with putting things together, writing on a whim and finding out what you’ve got.

7. Have a specialised interest…

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But don’t limit yourself to that one thing. Love books? Make sure you know a lot about them, but know a little bit about lots of other things too.

8. Read.

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Twitter. News sites. Blogs. Newspapers. Magazines. Books. Read everything you can get your hands on – it’ll make you a better writer.

9. Write for other websites

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Write us a guest post or a city guide, contribute a guest review to a blog or to a website – build a portfolio.

10. Brush up on your photography skills.

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You won’t start in your journalism career being followed around with a camera crew. If you can provide professional photos to support your stories you’ll get a head start.

11. Carry a notebook and pen.

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Does something catch your eye? Write it down. Someone says something interesting or provocative? Write it down. You can and will get inspiration from everywhere. Use it.

12. Keep yourself in the loop.

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Follow news sites: local, national and international. Follow journalists. websites and newspapers you admire – know your stuff!

13. Practice interviewing people.

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Your friends, your family, everyone. If you get the opportunity to interview someone, take it. It’s all valuable – even the ones that go horribly, horribly wrong.

14. Enjoy it.

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Journalism is a tough career to get into and rise to the top of. You need to love what you’re doing.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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