Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Resources for UMass Journalism students: Careers after COVID

In conjunction with our online get-together with alumni on Tuesday, 4/14, here are some resources that might be useful. This post will be updated as I get new information, and I'll post the tips and links that we generate in our discussion.

If you're an undergrad with financial challenges, there are microgrants and other funds available to help. Please get in touch with the Dean of Students' office and check out the UMassFastFund.

Tune up your LinkedIn.

Take our next Zoom workshop, this one with Heidi Berenson on Thurs., April 23 at 4:30. Email me to register, enrollment capped at 25 people.
Conducted by two-time Emmy and Peabody award winner & UMass alum, Heidi Berenson, this workshop will sharpen your pitching skills for you next “virtual” job interview. You will be learning some verbal and nonverbal techniques to add to your communications toolbox  So bring your best pitch - quite simply, what distinguishes you from the competition - you may have the opportunity to participate in a “mock” pitch and receive real-time feedback.

Join a professional organization, like National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of HIspanic Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, or the Online News Association.

The Poynter Institute’s NEWSU site offers dozens of online seminars on journalism, on everything from ethics to social media, and many are free. Super useful! Check them out. 
Poynter is also offering “On Poynt” sessions on topics of the day. Multimedia reporter Alex Mahadevan will talk about “COVID-19 Data Sources To Make Fact Checking Easy,” on April 16. Click here to find out more. 

The ICFJ is offering several workshops, check them out here.

The Society of Professional Journalists has workshops on a ton of tech topics like Google Trends and Youtube for Local News.  

Lots of great info and reporting tips at Northeastern U’s Storybench. 
Subscribe to their newsletter and check out StoryBench Tutorials, including: 

Learn how to explore correlations in R, how to visualize data using Google My Maps, and how to recreate graphics with D3.js. There's also our roundup of Covid-19 datasets and resources that might be helpful for your coronavirus reporting.

Youtube, of course.
Free MOOC’s from Ivy League colleges: You’ll finally get into Harvard!

If you are a UMass student, log into library.umass.edu, and go to Databases. Click into O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform and you’ll find hundreds of online books and tutorials on technology, business and marketing topics. It’s a terrific resource.

KEEP LOOKING: JOB POSTING SITES (Full-time and freelance) 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Internships, job hunting and keeping things together

Wow, what a time for us all at UMass, but particularly for those who are trying to apply for jobs and internships. And that should be everyone. We honestly don't know what's going to happen, but, in my opinion, it's a good idea to keep planning anyway. This is peak application time, and despite the turmoil, I would advise you to keep on keeping on with those applications, until we get more clarity on exactly how this virus is going to affect our world.

To stay updated on campus news, here's the UMass Coronavirus update page. In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health updates its page every day at 4 p.m. The Amherstwire team is getting set up over the next few days to do an FAQ with whatever updates we can find.

Though the  ILC will be quiet for the rest of the semester, we're all still here. I'm ready to  advise, online and via appointment. And now that you're home, don't forget to check UMass Academicworks and apply for scholarships. You just log in, and the system tells you which scholarships you qualify for. Then you apply.

Please email me. If I don't have the answer, I will try to get one for you, or send you to the right place to find out. The university, SBS staff and Journalism faculty are still at work every day trying to make this situation work for all of you. In fact, you wouldn't believe how hard people are working. So don't be afraid to reach out.

If you need a second set of eyes on your resume and cover before you send out, AND YOU DO :), shoot me an email, and send the docs as Microsoft Word attachments, not PDFs, so I can muck around with them. I will be checking email frequently during the day, and I will try to get it right back to you. But give me 24 hours.

I've been working with many of you on job and internship applications already. If you'd like to continue that in-person thing, let's do it on FaceTime or Zoom. I've expanded my Google calendar and you can sign up for a slot in the online calendar posted under the Meet With Me block in the right hand column of this site. If there's not a time that works there, email me. (Warning: I'm not doing hair and makeup like I do when I'm in the ILC.)

Oh, and here's a thing a friend told me about how to look good on Zoom. Two words: EYEBROW PENCIL.

It's highly likely that you'll be doing at least one or two video interviews, so  it's important to prepare. Here's a very useful Video Interview Guide from Indeed.com.

If there's anything else that I can do to help out during this crazy time, please shoot me an email.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Live posting: Career /life prep readings of interest

I'm getting ready to teach the Journalism Launchpad course (497G, two sections)  for spring semester, and as I update my materials, I'm always looking for useful readings. (There's a lot of junky career advice online. I read it so you don't have to!)

This time around, I thought I'd post the links as I go. Only quality information here. Check back to see what's new.

There's so much resume advice online that isn't worth much, but I thought this one, 6 Things I Loved About the Most Impressive Resume I've Ever Seen, by Gary Burnison, has some good tips.

One development I've noticed over the past five years is the growth of niche jobboards that focus on specific fields. Here's one that covers creative economy jobs in Massachusetts: HireCulture. 

Anne Helen Peterson writes a lot for Buzzfeed about the fortunes (or lack thereof) of twenty-and-thirty somethings in the United States today. Here's her recent piece on 12 People Talk Honestly About How They Paid Off Their Debt. 

This one still holds up: 11 Things I Quit To Get Financially Healthy.
Even though this post is about five years old, the concepts hold up. How many unused apps are you still paying for? My grandnephews talked me into a JibJab account a few years ago so we could make slightly obscene videos using my mother's face. Who knew I still had that subscription? Out!  

I found Jean Chatzky's website HerMoney on Twitter and promptly subscribed to her newsletter and  joined her Facebook private group. (Update: I later dropped the FB group because there are too many unqualified people offering advice.)

Oh, and young women, did you know that you'll be making, on average, about seven percent less than the guy behind you in line at graduation? Yeah. The pain is real. There's a great book called Overcoming Underearning, and I'd like to give it to everyone. We practice salary negotiations in the launchpad class, but you can always use more. Here's an online workshop to help you learn to negotiate for more, sponsored by American Association of University Women.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Want a great internship next summer? Fall deadlines coming up

Note: This post is being updated to reflect summer 2020 application deadlines as they are announced.

One of my Bucket List items is to help get a UMass Journalism student to the New York Times or Washington Post next summer. If you think you are that person, NOW is the time to apply. Most nationally competitive internships have fall deadlines, so you need to get cracking.

Here's Poynter's list of top internships. This is a fantastic roundup that includes sites like Politico, and it gives you an idea of what's out there. If you're a first or second-year student, this will give you an idea of what to shoot for. Build that resume with student media and lower level internships, so you'll be ready.

And while we're on Poynter, here's a webinar called "Flourish, Don't Flounder, At Your First Internship or Job."

Here's a list that's being constantly updated by The Lead

Here's another list from the Student Press Law Center.

The Washington Post Summer Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 9.

Pulliam Fellowship: deadline Nov. 1.

Boston Globe Internship Program:  deadline: Nov. 1.

Boston Globe Coops: deadline: Oct. 15. Coops run in six month rotations, from January to June and June to December. They are not writing gigs, but coops often end up with some bylines. These are paid positions, and you should consider applying for these as well as for the internships.

The Wall Street Journal Internship program. 

The Dow Jones News Internship Program: deadline: Nov. 8. If you are interested, try a practice test here. 

Miami Herald Internship Program: deadline: Oct. 31.

College Seniors can apply for Scripps Howard Foundation fellowship to work with ProPublica or Newsy for a year. Deadline: Oct. 18.

The International Radio and Television Society offers several terrific internship programs and workshops, including a summer, all-expenses paid workshop in New York City.

The Sports Journalism Institute, a program celebrating 25-plus years of enhancing racial and gender diversity in sports media, runs in late May 2020,  at Arizona State University with a bootcamp followed by paid internships (to be determined individually) at print, digital or electronic media outlets. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Want to work at a magazine? Here's info from the American Society of Magazine Editors 2019 Internship Program.

I will help you build your application package. You should have at least one or two smaller internships, and employers are also looking for campus media experience.

These programs get hundreds of applications for about a dozen slots in each shop. It will not be easy and odds are that you won't get in on the first try. Apply anyway. You'll learn a lot, and the judges will remember you next time.

Before we meet, please read the posts below and be sure that you have a solid resume prepared according to my Career Tips Handout in the right hand column of this page, as well as a Pressfolios or Wordpress site with your clips, and a solid Linkedin profile.

Clean up your social media presence and get your Twitter feed up and running and tweet some smart things. (I recently had an editor tell me she would have hired a student, but that she wished he was a better tweeter.)

I want to see the package that you'd be sending out, and we'll make sure it best represents you and your work.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The interns tell all, summer 2019 edition

One of the best parts of my summer is the week I read the papers written by students who have completed a summer internship. I know there's a lot of controversy about internships, particularly unpaid, and whether they're exploitive. Certainly the "unpaid" aspect is a problem for most students, and in some workplaces, students do serve as an unpaid labor source. (We try to root these employers out and don't encourage students to work there.)

What the critics miss is the invaluable array of experiences, skills and contacts that our students make during these internships.

Plus, the fun they have.

One student ended up covering the Stanley Cup playoffs, while another learned some valuable lessons about trust (or lack thereof) in the media working at a small local newspaper. Other students built their communication/social media skills working for the baseball teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Their experiences drumming up excitement and covering the teams sounded straight out of  Bull Durham, a great baseball movie that still holds up.

But I digress.

Each semester, I ask interns to offer some advice for fellow students. Here they go.

Monday, June 24, 2019

How to register for summer internship credits

The registration process for summer internships is different from other courses. You must first fill out a Handshake "experience," and provide details about the internship, and you should contact me for help figuring out how many credits you are eligible for. The Journalism Department determines this, not the employer.

Once you've uploaded the employer information to Handshake, the internship goes to Career Services for approval, and then a bill will be generated by Continuing and Professional Education. Once you have paid your bill, the credits will show up on your SPIRE.

SOUNDS CONFUSING. But actually, it's not too bad. Check out the Internship Checklist, which  explains the process. And watch  a screencast I created to walk you through the process, which starts on the UMass Handshake page.

Remember you must pay for summer credits before you will be registered. You should receive a bill within a few weeks of uploading your Handshake experience. If you don't, please get in touch with me via email.

Internship credits count toward graduation, not toward the major (except for Sport Journalism Concentration students), and they do not fill any major elective requirements. You may take a total of 18 internship credits over the course of your college career.

If you have any questions, email me: bjroche@journ.umass.edu.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The interns tell all, spring 2019 edition

Each semester, I ask interns to write up a short post on their experiences, and to offer advice to fellow students. Here we go!

Monday, December 3, 2018

The interns tell all, Fall 2018 edition

At the end of each semester, I ask interns to post about their experiences and offer advice to fellow students. Here they go!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Tips for senior year job hunters

Several seniors have stopped by my office lately to talk about job hunting, and, if you're graduating in May, it's probably too early to actually start applying for jobs in journalism. But there's still a lot you can do to increase your chances of finding a job before graduation day. Spend a few hours a week now, and you'll be ready to go in May.

First, sign up for the Journalism Launchpad Class in the spring. It's a one-credit, five-week class that gets you prepped for the job hunt. We cover lots of topics, including networking, resumes, Linkedin, practice interviews, and issues like early career personal finance, managing student loan debt and how to negotiate for a higher salary. Students who have taken the class say it changed the way they approach the job hunt, and many of them get jobs as a result of the tools and insights they pick up in this class.

Second, get your professional materials: resume, online portfolio and Linkedin profile in the best shape you can: this means, updated, concise, well-written and no typos. This takes time, and should not be left to the last minute. Many students put a lot of work into perfecting the resume and leave the LinkedIn as an afterthought. Don't do that. Both must be in perfect shape. You want an employer to look you up online and find your work easily. If you don't have a Wordpress or Wix site, get a Pressfolios site, so an employer can stop at one site and see your work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Last minute fall 2018 internship opportunities

If you are still looking for internships for fall, check in here. I will be posting opportunities as they arrive in my mailbox. And don't forget to check Handshake!

Here's a science writing internship that starts October 1 in Washington DC.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Valley Advocate have several openings for fall semester. E-mail me and I will get you started.

WGBY, public television in Springfield, offers several internships.  Find out more here.