/ Asked by Brittany
I am 19 and I am trying to pursue my passion for being a journalist and I always hear how competitive and hard it is to get a job in the media, what should I do to gain experience and how can I help myself get noticed?
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Monday, March 11, 2019
Hello, first off, I am not an expert in media careers, very limited experience; however, I suspect your approach can be similar to what it is for most jobs, any experience is good experience.  Volunteer at local media outlets, if you're going to school, volunteer at the school "newspaper", and so on.  Start your own blog and share it via social media, you never know who might take notice.  If you are not already on LinkedIn, get on it, create a great profile (their are plenty of tools available to help you with that, consider the career you are interested in, I would definitely include writing samples) and identify other in media in general and/or individuals who have the type of job you want.  Then, reach out to them for advice.  You'll likely get a lot of no replies, but it only takes 1 or 2 to get you on the path. 
Answered by Wendy, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Monday, March 18, 2019
Apply for internships!  An internship will allow you to be noticed.  Remember to have writing samples available when interviewing.  
Good Luck!
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