Online Portfolio Workshop Recap

hire1Whether it’s in person, in an interview or online, when it comes to finding your dream magazine internship or job, it’s all about how you present yourself. Last week, we took on the latter with Ed at Indiana’s inaugural online portfolio workshop with Professor Steve Layton.

A small group of Ed’s brightest young whippersnappers gathered on Tuesday Oct. 1 in EP 210 for Pizza X (yum!) and to go over the basics for setting up the perfect personal website.

Here are some highlights:

When it comes to creating your own online portfolio, you have three main options. Code the website yourself, try programs like Adobe Dreamweaver or Muse— they don’t require full-fluency in HTML/CSS— or try one of the following website hosts: Weebly, Breezi, Wix, Contently, Muckrack or WordPress. But don’t let their funny names fool you, many are as simple as a click-and-drag technology.

The back end of the web is less confusing than you think. The majority of websites are made up of three simple components: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They control the content, presentation and functionality, respectively, for most websites out there.

Get started! We each created our own WordPress site and started building from the ground up. While WordPress’ main functionality is for blogging, Professor Layton suggested creating static pages on your site to showcase clips in the most organized manner possible. Try dividing up your work into pages labeled, “photography” or “reporting,” or you can separate them by internship or previous work experience. Bottom line: make sure your portfolio is organized— no matter where it is online!

We hope these tips can help you get started on your online portfolio! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to learn more about more exciting events coming up this semester!

Michela Tindera