For this issue of Let’s Get You Hired, we’re taking a look at careers in media. That’s traditional media and journalism careers, as well as the digital space. We’ll cover some tips you should know if you want to work in this professional space.
Today’s expert is Nana Ama Agyemang Asante (@justnanaana). She’s an award-winning professional in the spaces of broadcast journalism, online journalism, podcasting, writing and editing. Nana Ama has worked at Joy FM, Journalists for Human Rights and is currently employed at Citi FM.
So, now let’s talk about becoming a media professional.
Show Initiative When It Comes To Looking For A Job
Nana Ama discovered that she wanted to work in radio after listening to Joy Fm, and finding a personality that she admired. After that, a couple of bold decisions landed her her first job. She convinced her father to allow her into the media field, even though he had other plans. Then, she walked into the Joy FM office and asked to speak to the News Editor.
Nana Ama just went in, and asked for a job. She asked to spend her National Service writing news for the media giant. After that, she “bombarded them with emails,” in her words.
Sometimes You Have To Squeeze It Out Of A Stone.
—Nana Ama Agyemang Asante.
Skills That You Need In Media
Now let’s talk about the core skills that you need if you want a career in media. The first thing that you need, according to Nana Ama, is to be able to think. You need to think, and you need to have analytical skills. You should be able to think critically about the information that you are faced with.
Secondly, you need to be able to write. Media—journalism requires you to properly put down your thoughts and have it be engaging to an audience. And according to Nana Ama, if you want to be a good writer, you have to be a voracious reader.
You Have To Read.
—Nana Ama Agyemang Asante.
Thirdly and most importantly, Nana Ama believes that anybody who wants to work in media should be able to learn. You have to be able to pick up new things and learn on your feet. In her words, “that’s what journalism is”. You have to think, and you have to learn. That’s because there are a lot of things that you need to pick up when you’re working in media.
You Don’t Need To Go To GIJ To Be A Journalist
A lot of people think they must have an educational background in the field, to work in media. However, she herself studied Economics and Sociology for her undergrad. And she believes that with a willingness to learn, you can thrive in the field. In fact, media houses run trainings for new recruits.
You also need to be able to apply knowledge from your background to whatever you learn in the journalistic space.
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Source: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante, Citi FM via Circumspecte