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Organize Yourself: Joining Journalism Organizations to Network

November 11, 2011

One thing that many community college students don’t give enough consideration to is beginning the networking process as early as possible.  That’s one of the beautiful things about attending conferences like the Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference we’re heading to this weekend in Sacramento.  Leading the workshops are many industry professionals who have voluntarily given up a Saturday to mentor student journalists.  Many of them will offer their contact information to the students attending their workshops, but few of those students will actually keep in touch.  That’s too bad, because networking can lead to important internship and job opportunities down the line.

But that’s only one way to begin networking.  Another way is to join journalism organizations now while you’re still in college.  Doing so has many benefits:

  • These organizations offer casual settings to get to know other journalists, in the form of meet-ups or other events.
  • You can get professional development through the conferences many organizations provide.
  • Organizations often have job and internship listings.
  • They often offer scholarships.
  • You’ll mark yourself as a go-getter by joining these groups now rather than after you graduate.

What’s more is that students can often join at a reduced price.  Why wait?  Here are a few of the organizations we encourage Skyline College j-students to consider:

And, by default, they are already members of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.  This list is by no means exhaustive.  Do a search on “journalism organizations” and you’ll find many more comprehensive lists.

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