The Importance of Networking

If becoming a journalist wasn’t already tuff enough, let’s imagine a world without networking. This would involve a journalist being the only source for their information. This would mean an upcoming journalist would receive no help or knowledge of the field only book knowledge, no hands on experience. Networking plays a major role in journalism and should not be taken lightly. With networking upcoming and seasoned journalist can come together to find the perfect story. An upcoming journalist is just as much help as a seasoned journalist if given the right story. Which is the right story? All of them. A journalist can cover any story because it is not a journalists job to agree or disagree but to inform others of factual events. Working together can cause for a more developed story. A journalist does not just stop at networking with other journalist but with citizens as well. Most of the time a citizen has first person knowledge of an event along with comments, witnesses and maybe even video. As a journalist all sources are important because remember it is a journalist job to get out the truth. The main goal for a journalist is to inform and to be a good journalist you must be the first to inform. What makes your story a must read? Is twitter posting a response or report faster than you? If so you need to re-evaluate what you could be doing to get your information faster. You can get faster information if you are connected with a lot of people. These people can be witnesses, citizens, even other journalist.

Take a look into How Social Networks are Redefining Journalism

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Take a look at The Networked Journalist

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Inspiration from a Journalist

Technology evolves everyday and forces journalist to seek reinvention within themselves. When it comes to getting the latest coverage on stories its crucial that you use technology to “get the word out faster”. However print journalist battle with media sites having an advantage in quicker coverage versus a magazine, newspaper publishing a similar story. Forbes magazine provided tips for aspiring Journalist to prosper in the field of journalism. The article talks about how to make your love for writing into a profitable business. Writer’s Digest described the love for journalist with the 10 P’s. (Passion, Purpose, Prose, People, Platform, Pre-Promotion, Promotion, Professionalism, People Planet and Profit, Perseverance)  Learn More about the 10 P’s at Writers Digest

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Interviewing 101

Ever had to interview someone and never knew the proper way to conduct a successful interview. Katie Couric shares insight on how to perform a phenomenal interview. She shares the importance of being a great host and speaks on body language. Couric explains how she keeps people on ease and makes people feel comfortable.

Watch Katie sit down with Reporter’s Center to share interviewing tips for young journalist.