As a journalism professor, I spend quite a bit of time talking to students about building up their professional presence online.
It is important for students to have an online portfolio that showcases their work and will pop up when a prospective employer searches for them online.
WordPress, the choice for many students, has just made it that much easier to create an elegant portfolio site.
I’ve written in the past about why students should develop their personal brand. Having a well designed site that showcases your professional abilities is essential and should be a top priority for journalism students.
There have been several new services launched recently that tap into the need for portfolio sites, such as About.me.