Best job boards for journalism in 2021

Best job boards for journalism in 2021

Journalism is a highly rewarding and exciting industry to work in, but finding a role and experience can be extremely daunting. This list of job boards will enable you to take that first step into the world of journalism and will assist you with finding creative opportunities within the media industry. 

1. Creative Access

Creative Access is a social enterprise that provides a wide range of opportunities within the creative sector with its impressive list of industry partners. It also strives to diversify the media. Creative Access provides a Positive Action Scheme, consisting of a wide range of opportunities specifically for under-represented groups within society, including those who may be overlooked because of their ethnicity, socio-economic background or disability. Creative Access understands the difficulties, lack of diversity and inclusion can pose to newcomers who are underrepresented and strives to drive positive change. 

Perfect for graduates and young people: With a range of entry-level and junior roles, it is a perfect platform for those looking to gain experience and enter the world of journalism. 

2. Journo Resources

Journo Resources provides great advice regarding journalism, with its wide range of articles discussing important topics such as race, diversity, and daily challenges within the media industry. It is also a highly useful site to find work within journalism, as it advertises an extensive range of jobs including graduate schemes, work experience, internships, and full-time editorial and reporting work.

Great information regarding freelancing: This website offers freelance rates which are calculated from thousands of freelancer’s anonymous tips. With access to the NUJ freelance fees guide, it is a useful website to visit if you are interested in working as a freelance writer or journalist.  

3. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great and useful platform to apply for work experience, internships and full-time positions within the media industry. The filter system makes it highly convenient to find the type of work you are looking for as it will sift through irrelevant posts that can be time consuming when searching for positions.

Key skills recognition: Employers can search for their key skills, making it easier for them to find candidates that fit their job description. It is important to include your key skills and experience on your profile, which will enable you to be noticed amongst competitors in this highly competitive industry. 

4. Media Beans

Media Beans is a brilliant platform when searching for positions in writing, journalism and social media. They advertise positions across the UK, ideal for aspiring journalists that cannot afford to commute/live in London. They also advertise opportunities worldwide for those interested in positions internationally. 

Updated regularly: Media Beans regularly updates and posts a wide range of jobs in areas such as communications, digital and social media, publishing, and offers a range of internships for those looking to begin their career in the media industry.

5. Journalism.co.uk

Journalism.co.uk is a great platform to keep updated with industry advice, news, and to apply for work within the journalism sector. They also recommend and provide access to podcasts and industry events, which can be highly useful for those beginning their career. 

Up-to-date and simple to use: This is a really straight-forward platform to use, and is a great way to check job updates and news with your morning coffee.

6. I LIKE NETWORKING

I LIKE NETWORKING is a platform that aims to help women and non-binary professionals looking to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industry. They provide access to events and mentoring which will help kick-start your career or will help you if you are feeling stuck.

Access to networking: You can build and establish relationships with industry professionals through interactions, and can exchange information which will further your knowledge and develop professional contacts.  

7. Twitter

Social media platforms such as Twitter can be highly useful when searching for positions and opportunities within the journalism sector. The popular Twitter hashtags consist of #journalismjobs, #journojobs, and #mediadiversity, these hashtags are used to advertise and provide opportunities within the media. 

Twitter can also be highly beneficial for those looking for insight and guidance from industry professionals; with accounts such as @SPJFreelance and @weischoice that support aspiring freelancers. These accounts have great advice on how to pitch articles successfully to companies, which is highly useful if you are beginning your freelancing career.

Easy to do: This is an easy and convenient way of looking for opportunities in your free-time and can be used when you are on the move on your phone.

9. Facebook groups

Joining Facebook groups is a great way to find job opportunities within the media sector. 

Great way to meet new people: Joining Facebook groups will not only benefit your career prospects and provide great opportunities. It will also allow you to meet people within the industry that are in your position, or are more experienced – which is great to further your network and skills.

Some of the best groups to join: 

Young Journalist Community– A group that provides help and support, allows young journalists to show their work/projects and share news related to journalism. 

Freelance Media Women – Known as ‘No.1 Freelance Media Women’ – who welcome  those across the media from designers and photographers to copywriters and PRs. They provide help for one another with pitches, sources and anything related to that within the media industry. 

Freelancing for Journalists – This community aims to ‘lift the lid on freelance life’ and to help those in need of advice, support or anything regarding freelance. 

Women in Journalism – An amazing network that helps women working in print, broadcast and online media.

10. Company Websites

Although the boards listed provide platforms to apply for work and opportunities within the creative and media industry, we also encourage applicants to apply through company websites. This is because companies tend to avoid external advertisements for certain positions. 

The journalism sector is highly competitive, and it can be tough, but with perseverance it can be accessible. We hope this list of job boards benefits your job search, and will help you gain the work experience you desire within the media industry. 

Good luck!

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