Rubricate your mind

The Final Project or Hell Stage 3


Attention South journalists—Journalists are hired on the basis of their work, as demonstrated via a “clip file.” This clip file includes a resume, cover letter and five or six examples (clips) of the journalist's best work. Your clip files (essentially a portfolio) will be similar.

Step one – Go to the Web site and root around until you find a listing for a job you like. Copy and paste the information somewhere you won't lose it, and print out the listing where appropriate. Investigate the job and job holder via the Internet. Make sure it's cool.

Step two -- Do a little dance, get down tonight.

Step three – Prepare a skills-based resume'. At this point you have all kinds of skills (writing, layout, podcasting) but not much experience. A skills-based resume is perfect for people like you. Also, write a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and telling why you are the best cat for the job.

Step four – Over the weeks of the practicum, keep your eyes peeled for six good pieces of work. These can and should be a stories, opinion pieces, podcasts, sports articles, beautifully paginated pages, etc., all produced for H3. Note: Make sure these "clips" support your case for getting hired.  For example, a clip of arts features will not help you get a sports-writing gig.

     Step five – Write an introduction for each clip. In this intro, talk about your writing process, what you learned while doing the work, which journalism roles it fulfills, and what you would do to improve the piece now.

Step six: Make a sandwich and eat it. Clean up after yourself.

Step seven – Build your clips, resume, cover letter, job listing and introductions into an online portfolio (website). Double check your AP Style and spelling. Good DIY web websites include,,, and Bonus points if you actually register your own domain name (which you should do anyway).

Step eight – Email me a link to your website by the date of your exam, whatever that ends up being.