Is the price of experience worth the cost of free labor? (Looking towards a career in news design)
April 4, 2011 2:54 PM Subscribe
How do I start designing news...?
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. to work & money (6 answers total)
As I am about to graduate college, I am struck with what I assume roughly half of soon-to-be graduates... namely, the anxiety-inducing fear that I majored in the wrong thing.
With a degree in Journalism (and minors in Marketing and Philosophy), I've come to realize I love infographic and news design. I've been working towards a career somehow oriented around news design - taking courses that would still allow me to graduate on time, learning relevant software, etc. I'm now searching for a job, but it strikes me that most news design jobs require a portfolio (at least) and years of experience. And this is my question... how do I go about building a professional portfolio with (almost) no certifiable training? I was thinking of offering up myself to smaller, local publications as a freelance news designer - emphasis on the FREE part. If the work is free, even if it sort of sucks in the beginning, papers and magazines will take it and I'll get the practice and portfolio material. Right? RIGHT?
My plan is to work whatever odd jobs (or maybe even a real, salaried job), take graphic design courses at night, and news design in my spare time.
Anyone see any downsides? Or ways I could accomplish what needs to get done but in a better way?