After graduating from journalism school, young graduates often don’t think to look beyond newspapers and television stations for jobs. As young communications professionals with multimedia expertise, job opportunities abound in a variety of sectors. Public relations is one industry that actively seeks journalists.
Below is a cover letter from a former EGMN student that helped the young journalist land a job in public relations shortly after graduate school. Personally identifiable information has been removed
The University of Texas Health Science Center
RE: Media Relations Assistant
I am writing to apply for the Media Relations Assistant opening with The
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Office of Development. I was particularly excited to see this position open, as this would be a great opportunity to utilize my experience with media relations to promote the life-saving work accomplished at this institution.
I have over two years of related work experience through my work for the Houston Chronicle and managing the social media platforms of ESPN Deportes Houston. Additionally, I completed an internship with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) earlier this year. My tasks consisted of developing and updating media lists, creating and executing editorial calendars and completing research assignments that focused on profiling members of the soccer coaching community.
My journalism background played an integral role in my success at the NSCAA and in
acquiring an internship with Taylor Strategy in Charlotte N.C. this summer. My tasks at
Taylor consisted of coordinating media tours, developing content and distributing weekly
social media and coverage reports. This was a rewarding experience that has refined and generated skills I could leverage to assist the institution’s communications department with various tasks and initiatives.
Previous managers have lauded my work ethic, attention to detail and organization skills.
Furthermore, my ability to use various desktop publishing programs and produce bilingual multimedia content has led to numerous advancement opportunities and awards. I look forward to discussing how this role will successfully assist with the day-to-day operations and long-term initiatives of the institution. Also, how this opportunity can build on the solid foundation established by the current communications team.
If I can be of further assistance, please contact me at XXXXXX