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Depending on your commitments, summertime may be busy-time. However, even the most tightly scheduled students can squeeze in a few minutes here and there to dig into some new resources.
Here are some ideas for staying immersed in all things media, whether your feet are pounding the pavement or are buried in the sand:
Learn Your Way:
Tech skills are now integral for well-rounded journalists, so equip yourself online.
Created with journalists and journalism students in mind, the For Journalism Project provides cheap online courses taught by some of the industry's top data journalists. For a nominal fee of $20 per course, you can access videos, ebooks, code repositories and more on topics like mapping and cybersecurity and online privacy.
Catch Up On your Reading:
There isn't a better season to get stuck in a book, a magazine, a blog or an article.
Stay informed on the news media's happenings by keeping an eye on sites like Nieman Journalism Lab and the Columbia Journalism Review. Even for students can benefit from reading these industry publications and other, especially in the current media climate.
When you aren't staying updated on the transition to Journalism 2.0, make sure to treat yourself to a healthy dose of quality work. Sites like Longreads and Longform provide platforms for some of the best longform journalism available. Sit back with some ice cream and find a piece that interests you.
Work Your Online Presence:
If you are a Missouri School of Journalism student, give your HireMizzouTigers profile a review. Since the platform is a prime hub for local, regional, and national employers searching for talent, you want a presence that is both current and professional. Resources on interview preparation and proper resume formatting are provided.
LinkedIn for Journalists is another treasure trove of helpful information. The popular business networking site's list of resources for branding and using the network for tracking down sources is another perk of connecting online.
Whatever you may do this summer and wherever you may be, stay cool and use these tips and tools to make it even better!