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5 Free Sites to Help Journalists Build an Online Portfolio

Whether you’re a soon-to-be J-school graduate or a journalist looking for a new gig, one thing you will most certainly need is a good portfolio. And not just any portfolio — it has to be online.

When a potential employer Googles your name, you want your website — complete with all your best articles, social media profiles, videos and other work — to be the first thing that shows up.

An online portfolio is the new first impression and you want yours to be a strong one.

This doesn’t mean you have to b a web designer or someone who can code in their sleep. Luckily, more and more sites are popping up that make collecting your clips in one place and creating an online portfolio as easy as 1-2-3.

Here are five sites to visit if you are in the market to create your own online portfolio. They all offer the ability to create a customizable URL, are free (unless you choose the paid version), and don’t require you to know any code. The most work you’ll have to do is click the mouse or trackpad. Read more

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Tool of the Day: Cuttings.me

Gone are the days when a reporter printed out his or her clips and snail-mailed them to a hiring editor or human resources. In fact, for many young job seekers, this is a scenario they have never encountered and probably never will. Now, almost every single job posting asks applicants to apply online and include links to their work.

If you’re ahead of the game, you already have a blog or website where you collect and showcase links to your best work, Twitter account, LinkedIn, etc. (One of my personal favorites is the website of Craig Kanalley, the new social media editor at NBC News.)

Traditionally, there’s two ways of displaying your articles. One is to make a page on your site, normally called “Clips” or something similar, and fill it with links of your best work. (This is done by copying and pasting the headline of your story and then hyperlinking it.) The second way is to direct readers to an online author archive based at your news organization that shows all the stories you’ve written for that site.

What’s frustrating about both tactics is that they aren’t particularly visually appealing.

Enter Cuttings.me, a new service that provides journalists with a free, online platform to showcase their work. The site launched in October and was created by travel journalist Nicholas Holmes to fill the void he found when he tried to share and upload his work online. Read more