2020 has cast doubt over many areas of the journalism industry. Newsroom revenue, job security, even our own health; these all feel precarious during a global pandemic.
In the face of uncertainty, you have two options. You can sit and wait for the worst to happen or you can start to work on a plan so you are not taken aback if the worst-case scenario came true.
At our digital journalism conference Newsrewired this week (8 December 2020), one workshop explored this idea. Workshop leader and career coach Penelope Jones has spent 17 years in the media industry, holding leadership and strategic roles at The Guardian and Condé Nast. She later founded a career development company My So-Called Career that helps early and mid-career journalists achieve their potential.
In this week’s Journalism.co.uk podcast that summarises the conference workshop, Jones talks about the step-by-step process of creating a roadmap to resilience; a contingency plan of how to respond if your career is derailed in the next 12 months.
Grab a pen and paper for this one, or take mental notes. You will come out of this talk with an idea of what actions you need to take to protect your career in these uncertain times.