By Kelly Aldridge
You’re probably thinking, this had better be good. You have classes to attend, maybe a job or two, children at home – but give this a second thought – because it can help you down the road for good.
1. Work Experience/Resume Builder
When you’re all finished with college and you get that long-awaited diploma, you will be glad you wrote for the student newspaper when a possible employer sees the writing experience on your resume. Not everyone can be published, so it looks great when you have been. Whether you are looking for that first entry-level journalism job or going for a position at any company, prior work experience will be what editors and employers are looking for. All types of careers need writers or people who can write. Student newspapers are the place to get that experience and begin your publishing career.
2. Clips/Published Work
Having clips of your published work as a writer is very important to prospective employers because they can see firsthand how you write. Clips are published sample of your articles. Build a portfolio and organize your clips neatly so they’re easier to show off. Writing for the student newspaper gives you clips, so start writing.
3. Get a Feel For The Job
Understanding what writing is about can help you get a feel for the job. Having an interest in writing doesn’t necessarily mean you will enjoy writing for a career. Writing for the student newspaper gives you the idea of what it would be like writing for a newspaper or some other publication. Heck, see if you like it first! If journalism isn’t right for you, better find out now while you are still in college than out in the real world. You can always change degrees.
4. Find Your Niche
Having a niche is a wonderful thing. Writing for the student newspaper gives you a sense of community among other writers like yourself. Most writers form a niche within the newspaper itself: for example, politics, sports, entertainment, etc. Finding your niche will help you as you build your portfolio of work. Maybe you want to write for the sports section for a local newspaper in your community. There is no better way than to write for the student paper to find your niche now.
5. It’s Fun!
Besides the career benefits, writing for the student newspaper is fun. You are working, yes, but you are also around other like-minded people who could end up being new friends. Writing for the student newspaper will probably leave a lasting impression on you for years to come.
If you’re interested in writing for Sandbox News, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how you can get started today!
Originally published Dec. 3, 2012.