Networking Tips for Journalism Jobs

Journalism jobs have a great amount of variety and finding and assessing job opportunities is part of the professional process. This is a profession which is based on networking to a large extent, because it naturally generates a very large number of contacts. Networking holds an important place in a journalist's career, and the networking process is conducted on multiple levels. The theory of networking is "Who you know", but in journalism it's an art form. Journalists, who have better research skills than most, take it several steps further, and it's also "What they know" that makes the difference.

Job Networking

Journalism jobs can be tough. When looking for jobs, journalists need to know the types of work involved in available jobs, and have reliable information about employer. The "glamorous foreign assignment" can mean weeks in one of the less enchanting areas of the world. Even local journalism jobs may not be much use as resume materials, and involve working for editors with the highest turnovers of journalists in the industry. Jobs and employers need to be checked out in detail. Networks can provide good first hand information from people working for the employers. These contacts can also sound out prospective employers for you, and keep you informed of job opportunities.

Career networking

This type of networking is a career essential, and it's a development of the job networking technique. This network is all professional media contacts. The important career jobs aren't easy to get, and competition is ferocious. You will need to be prepared, and to know where and when a job is available. The only way of doing that is through contacts, unless approached directly, which is relatively rare. Top level journalists have their own agents and business managers, with their own networks, tracking down these positions.

Professional Networking

Journalists use their media and business contacts for introduction to people of interest. This approach is based on an unwritten law in journalism that a journalist is vetted for suitability before contacting these people. The network approach allows journalists access to people who would otherwise be extremely difficult to contact. The "exclusive" story is frequently based on the subject's preferences in journalists and media outlets.

This type of networking adds a lot of value to the work of a journalist, and can add several million to the value of a media contract. The world's top journalists can access people who are usually in the headlines on a daily basis. In many cases they've known these people through their networks for decades.

Journalistic networking should really be considered an extension of the journalist's work, using much the same methods as journalism. The need for different types of information and reliable contacts, and finding verifiable sources of information, is the same. This is also a business network, regarding career and professional work. Journalists are among the best networkers in the world, and their model is a good basis for your own personal network.