Contrary to popular understanding, journalism is multidimensional career and writing is a skill that can be used in different ways. Not all journalists are the same and different types of journalism require different types as skills – as well as many of the same ones too, of course.
While entertainment journalism may be perceived by many as a lesser form of the craft, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Different types of journalism serve different purposes, and something that’s important to one person may be less important to the next, or vice versa.
Entertainment, in general, is imperative to the social lives of human beings – and we are, inherently, social animals, of course. Thus, it follows that journalism pertaining to entertainment is something that people love to be exposed to. However, a career in entertainment journalism can be difficult to achieve, especially if you’re just starting out.
So here are some tips to remember when starting a career in entertainment journalism.
Create Your Own Blog
The best way to prove to people that you have what it takes to make it in the industry is to show them and to be proactive about it. Don’t wait for an opportunity to write and report to simply fall into your lap – do it for yourself and the rest will come.
The best way to do this is to create your own blog and try write as much as possible. Make sure it looks professional and expresses who you are, what you’re passionate about, and what your skills are. You can use this blog as a little advertisement for yourself when applying for jobs later on. Also, it serves as a great way to practice, because when it comes to journalism and being a writer, the best thing you can do for yourself is write as much as possible.
Start a Podcast
Podcasts and bogs may differ in terms of their mediums, but the idea and motivation behind them is similar. Be brave and put yourself out there – it’ll help you practice your skills, learn new ones and also demonstrate to those around you, in your personal and professional life, what you’re capable of.
The value of networking cannot be overstated. When done right, it’s like hitting the jackpot at ZAR Casino. Since being an entertainment journalist sort of falls into two different sectors or niches, that of entertainment and journalism, meeting people and getting conversations started is really important.
Both industries tend to be pretty socially oriented – often involving social events and gatherings, particularly in the entertainment industry, and mixing, socialising and chatting with colleagues in the industry, particularly as a journalist.
Thus, the best way to ever be considered for a job or to get involved in an upcoming project is to make sure you’re meeting interesting people who are involved in the profession and industry you’re interested in. Socialise, network and don’t be afraid to be the first one to make an introduction – just don’t be pushy! And always know the time and the place.