Networking use to be boring panels and overcrowded bars passing business cards but now as a Thriving Freelance Journalist, it is a crucial part of how I'm able to maintain strong Editor Relationships that yield awesome writing assignments with larger budgets.
The pandemic has disrupted the traditional ways of networking, but as we emerge from it, it is more important than ever to get back out into the world and make authentic connections with magazine editors. Now in 2023, most magazines and media outlets have entire calendars of events; some are FREE online giving you invaluable access to their editorial teams and expertise.
It's the reason why I added Editorial and Event Calendars to the Big Fat Media Guide cause it's my way of saying GET OUT THERE to other freelance journalists like me.
Here are a few reasons why I network and why it is so important for freelance journalists:
Building relationships with editors: Networking provides an opportunity to build relationships with magazine editors. Meeting face-to-face allows you to make a personal connection and stand out from the many emails and pitches they receive daily. It also gives you the opportunity to learn more about their publication and what they are looking for in a story.
Discovering new opportunities: Networking events can expose you to new editors, other writers, new publications and opportunities that you may not have known about before. Attending events and meeting new people can lead to unexpected assignments and collaborations. But you have to go and you have to extend you hand.
Staying up-to-date with industry trends: Networking events often feature speakers and panels that discuss industry trends and best practices. I know I said that panels can be boring but the right panels, especially the ones where people are providing resources, can help you make a great connections Attending these events can help you stay current with the latest trends and techniques in journalism.
Building your personal brand: Networking events provide an opportunity to showcase your skills and expertise, capture great content and learn something the average person doesn't know. By meeting new people and sharing your work, you can build your personal brand and establish yourself as a thought leader in your field.
One great resource for finding networking events is the event calendar sold at stylistsssuite.com. These calendars lists upcoming events and conferences specifically for freelance journalists and other creatives.
Visit The Stylists Suite Page to read more Event Calendars