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#Tip: How to build sources when you’re starting out

April 2nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

All the web-scraping, Twitter-searching, FOI-requesting tools in the world will never be able to fully replace a reliable human source as an asset to a story.

A reliable network of contacts and sources is vital to any journalist, and can take years to develop, but where do you start?

Last year WorkInSports.com spoke to ESPN anchor Anish Shroff about how to build sources in sports journalism, but the tips and advice shared are just as relevant to any field.

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#Tip: Advice for journalists using LinkedIn

Image by Nan Palmero on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Image by Nan Palmero on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

At our news:rewired conference in September we ran an entire session dedicated to LinkedIn, and focused on how journalists can use the platform to engage with the online community. A write-up of some of the tips shared during the workshop can be found on the event website.

Last week, the blog for the International Journalists’ Network published further advice on “how journalists can conduct more effective searches” using the platform. The collection of pointers came out of a Q&A with Yumi Wilson, corporate communications manager at LinkedIn.

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#Podcast – Career advice for aspiring music journalists

March 15th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at music journalism as we speak to some experts in the field.

With tips on writing to entertain, maintaining professionalism and knowing your way around the industry, we’ve gathered advice on how to stand out from the crowd.

» Lucy Jones, deputy editor, NME.com
» Stevie Chick, journalist, author and lecturer, City University
» LuLu Le Vay, journalist, artist manager and lecturer, London Journalism Centre

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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Storify: Top tips in a tweet for aspiring journalists

November 11th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Social media and blogging

An experienced and well-respected journalist told me a journalist never stops learning, so this piece is for everyone; from aspiring students to old-hand hacks:


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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – using Twitter to find work experience opportunities

In this post from the Guardian’s professional network Catherine May shares her experiences of using Twitter to track down work experience placements. It offers some useful inspiration on ways to make the right contacts via the platform in your areas of interest.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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Digital Trends: LinkedIn launches aggregated news service

A post on Digital Trends website reports that LinkedIn has launched a news aggregation service as a way of increasing the length of time people spend on the site.

Think about it: How much time do you actually spend in LinkedIn.com? Unless you’re fine-tuning your profile or searching for potential employees, the answer is probably not a lot. Most of us are content to let our accounts sit there until we can post an addition to our resume. Of course LinkedIn knows this, which is why it’s launching LinkedIn Today.

Full post on Digital Trends at this link

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10,000 Words: It helps to remember the ‘person’ in ‘personal branding’

August 31st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Editors' pick

Building up a personal brand is not all about having a presence on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn – it is also about being a ‘person’ Mark Luckie reminds readers of his 10,000 Words blog in a post detailing the lessons he has learnt.

As someone who has built up his own successful brand alongside his blog for journalists and technologists, and who recently celebrated being appointed the new National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post, Luckie advises journalists to remember the value of the ‘personal’ in personal branding.

In summary his tips are:

  • Be nice.
  • Show don’t tell. Make your work available online and share experience.
  • Say yes to new opportunities.
  • Do a favour for someone. It could be returned later down the line.
  • Ditch the ‘rules’ and follow your passion.

See his full post here…

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – building an offline community

August 24th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Building communities: The Kommein Blog has advice aimed particularly at freelance journalists on how to get back to basics by not forgetting to build communities offline as well as through social media. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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Discounts for tonight’s freelancers’ networking party at the Frontline

April 21st, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in About us, Events, Freelance

Feel the need for some networking? Contacts book looking a bit bare? The Frontline Club in London is offering Journalism.co.uk readers a half-price ticket offer for its latest networking party, tonight, Wednesday 21 April.

The theme of the evening is original video journalism and the club will be showcasing four unusual, innovative films, including an exclusive preview of a Current TV documentary on South Africa. The event takes place at the club, near Paddington Station at 13 Norfolk Place from 7pm.

The first 10 Journalism.co.uk readers to email events [at] frontlineclub.com with “Journalism.co.uk Frontline networking offer” in the subject heading will receive up to two tickets at £10, a full 50 per cent off the normal price (payment will be accepted on the door but advance booking is essential).

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Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – aim for the top contacts

February 26th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Top tips for journalists

Contacts: Don’t be scared to approach people at the top of your industry. With more senior people blogging than ever, you might find previously ‘unreachable’ contacts willing to engage in social networking and online contact. Tipster: Judith Townend.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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