4 LinkedIn Groups Every Journalist Should Join

Posted January 24, 2014 by Lisa Granshaw in Networking Buzz
LinkedIn.jpg_resized_460_LinkedIn is a great place to connect with people in your field. Unlike other social networks, it is purely meant to be a community of professionals. One of the best ways to make these connections is to join groups. Of course there are many groups on the website so it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. I’m asked by many aspiring journalists through my company what they should join first.

Here are 4 groups you should join if you’re an aspiring media professional:

  1. LinkedIn for Journalists– This is a professional group with over 46,000 members. Its journalists cover a wide range of topics and are from a variety of backgrounds. The group often has great discussions about what’s going on in the industry and the best ways to use LinkedIn for work. It also offers a monthly session about how journalists can best use the site and its features which will earn you a free yearlong premium membership if you attend, opening up a bunch of helpful features that will help you network on the site.
  2.  Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism associations. If you’re a member of a journalism association, then join their group on LinkedIn. Most of the time you can even join if you’re not an official member of the organization. If they have a national group on the site, it’s a great way to connect with other members outside of your local chapter. If your chapter has a group, join that as well to see what people are discussing and sharing outside of meetings.
  3. Women in New Media – For the Career Girl looking for media connections, this LinkedIn group is a must. It has over 7,000 members and is focused on new, growing areas in media like online journalism.
  4. Your university’s or company’s group – Most university’s have an alumni group on LinkedIn and some even have media or entertainment specific groups for alumni currently in those fields. Company’s will also have groups and groups for those who are alumni of the organization, so whether you’re still there or you left to work elsewhere there’s usually still a way you can use your experience at that company to join a group. The bond of working in the same place or having gone to the same university is a great stepping stone to use for starting to connect with others in your field.


About the Author

Lisa Granshaw

Lisa Granshaw is a freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her company, Media Career Consulting LLC, offers a variety of consulting services to young professionals interested in a career in the media and communications industry. She began her career as a NBC Page, worked as a production assistant at Nightly News with Brian Williams, and was a producer and writer for the TODAY Show's website. Her work has appeared on The Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Parents.com, Vetstreet, Blastr, and more.