How to Write a Journalism Resume
There are many different formats you can use when writing a resume for a journalism job or journalism internship, but here are a few guidelines:
- Keep it simple and brief – no more than one typed-page. Even journalists with 20+ years experience manage to keep their resume to one page, so ther’s no reason a young journalists shouldn’t be able to do the same.
- It should be informative, accurate and consistent in structure. Avoid gaudy resumes with unusual fonts or bright paper as they attract attention for the wrong reasons.
- Include your name, address, cell phone number and e-mail address at the top, followed by a section that lays out your college and work/activities in reverse chronological order (so, most recent first), including dates. After your first year of college, leave off any high school experiences as they are usually no longer relevant.
- It's unnecessary to state an objective.
- Include any special skills, such as multimedia or computer skills. If you speak a foreign language at least conversationally, list it as a skill. Many employers are keenly interested such skills.
- At the bottom list your education, including your college, major, expected graduation date and G.P.A. (if it’s above 3.0). Many career services offices will tell you to put your education information at the top of your resume. But, in journalism, experience (including internships and student media) usually matters more.