Placements in the U.S.

Placements in the U.S.   It’s an interesting time in the U.S. right now to say the least. As journalists, some of you may see that as an opportunity and want to go there for a placement. And that’s great! But here’s a couple things you should know before you begin your search:   The…

The approach

THE APPROACH: Do you have a professional, early-career website? I hope so. But if not don’t worry, just make sure you have all your portfolio materials ready at hand: writing and/or multi-media and/or video work samples; up-to-date CV; and please, do know how to write a cover letter. (If you need help with any of…

Accepting a placement

Accepting a placement   Make sure you think long and hard before making this decision because once you do, it’s pretty much set in stone. You cannot, in any kind of good faith or with any degree of professionalism accept a placement, and then continue searching and at some point turn around and ditch the…

The search

The search   by Allan Perkins, 4th year W2017, tsn.ca intern   When to start   Many of you may wonder (and with good reason) ‘When do I start my search?’ It’s certainly a good question to ask, and sometimes it can be vital to the type of placement you end up with. Generally, you…

Professionalism

How to comport yourself: As a (soon-to-be) Ryerson graduate, you are expected to possess certain professional qualities. To list them one by one is pointless because they all come down to one simple thing: don’t be an a-hole. Journalism is not as easy to break into as it used to be. The industry is getting…

Get a website

Get a website!! Make sure you have a great-looking CV, and that you can provide links to samples of your best work.  Ideally, have an attractive, visually-rich website where those branding tools can reside and be viewed by anyone with the URL to your site. Have a generic covering letter ready to go, and be…

The Pitch

This section is for those who find themselves in a placement where they’re expected to attend story meetings and PITCH. If you haven’t had to pitch in any of your previous courses, or if it has just been a very long time since you did, you may feel a bit at sea in story meetings on…

For credit for employer 2016-17

6 September 2016 Dear Placement Employer: Thank you for helping round out the education of a senior journalism student by offering an internship placement! This letter confirms that the placement of our Ryerson University journalism student at your organisation is eligible for academic credit. Internships run for up to six weeks, for a total of…