In my last post, I wrote about the importance of joining professional organizations. Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the 15th annual Online News Association conference. While the programming was great, it was a golden opportunity to continue to grow my journalism network.
One of the young people I met was Malik Edwards of Morgan State University. He was one of four students who were funded by the Knight Foundation as HBCU Fellows to attend the conference. Not only did he do good work for our student newsroom (yes, that’s me in his video), but he was a networking fiend. An example – he saw me at ONA’s Sponsors Reception. Edwards came over and started introducing himself to folks, including a board member who had a job lead for him when he graduates in December. I should note that Malik is an intern for All Digitocracy.
So after joining professional organizations, start to grow your network. Take cards at events and put notes on the back about the conversations you had. Follow up with an email — or an actual hand-written note card – if you want to impress. And keep up the conversation without being stalkerish. Finally, check out the great advice offered in this Quill article.
Do you have questions on how to navigate your career? Please post them below, or email me directly at AuntBenet AT Gmail DOT com.
Benét J. Wilson writes for a non-profit aviation association. She is also an aviation/travel freelance journalist, and has written for publications and blogs including CrankyFlier.com, ACI-NA Centerlines, Aviation International News, Airport World, the Airline Passenger Experience magazine. and the Runway Girl Network. She is currently a board member for the Online News Association and Vice Chair, Education, for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force.