Media Groups

There are lots of groups around the country that allow you to meet others in the industry. Many hold regular events whilst others are more online focussed.

MediaWomenUK
Me In The Media
Young Women In Media

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Large Media Outlets’ Job Pages

Lots of big nationals and international companies have separate pages to tweet about job opportunities.

Channel 4
Conde Nast – Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, Glamour…
Get Me TV Jobs
Haymarket – Lots of specialist magazines including Autocar and FourFourTwo plus they organise lots of brand events like BBC Good Food Show and Clothes Show Live
How Do – North West Media Jobs
IPC Media – Marie Claire, Wallpaper*, NME…
ITV
Live Nation – PR, Events and Digital Marketing jobs
Media City
MediaVia
MTV
Wall Street Journal

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Work Experience

These people all regularly tweet updates about work experience within the industry.

4Talent – Channel 4’s initiative aimed primarily at Under 25s wanting to break into the Media Industry
BBC Academy Trainees – Updates from BBC Production & Design Training Schemes
BBC College – Information from the BBC College of Journalism
BBC Writers Room – Information specifically about screen writing for the BBC
Gorkana – Lists journalist jobs and internships
Graduate Recruitment Bureau – Links to all sorts of jobs, not just media
Inspiring Interns – Offer graduate placements in London
Interns Anonymous – General Intern information and stories
Intern Aware – At the forefront of campaigning for fairer internships
Internocracy – Strong campaigners for intern rights
ITV News Traineeships – Information about the traineeships on offer at ITV
ITV Runners Pool – Details about runners jobs and events
Media Nation UK
 – Mainly magazine and website placements
Screen Academy – Lots of Scottish opportunities
SkillSet – The UK’s Creative Industry Council
Step2Inspire – Predominantly for those looking to get into TV
The Unit List – Lots of runners jobs around the country

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The Basics

How to create an account

Unsurprisingly, the first step to getting a Twitter account is to go to www.twitter.com. It’s a pretty simple process and you’re swiftly guided through it.

Picking a username is something to be careful about. Whilst @x_catherine_x might have worked for your Piczo or Bebo, something more to the point is more appropriate here. Try and stick as close to your name as possible as it’ll look more respectable to industry types. You don’t want it too long as it will take up vital characters when people reply to you (I’ll come to this later!)

Enter your email address and create a password and you’re ready to go.

Followers / Following

Twitter is all about following people. To follow someone, simply type their name in the ‘Search’ bar at the top. Hit enter and on the right hand of the screen ‘People results for…’ will appear. If the intended account is obvious in the small selection then you can simply click ‘Follow’ and voila – you’re now following a person.

The tweets of people who you follow will appear in your timeline (the feed of tweets on your homepage). For your tweets to appear in other peoples timelines one of two things needs to happen.

The most common way for your tweet to appear in someone else’s timeline is if they follow you. People can follow you for many reasons; they might find you super interesting, they might find you funny or they might just be a spam account who will follow anyone and everyone. Hopefully it’ll be one of the first two reasons and gradually, over time, your number of followers will increase.

Retweeting

Another way of having your tweet read by people in their timelines is if you are retweeted. Retweets are a great way of sharing interesting tweets, opinions or links with the people you follow. They can also drive a lot of traffic to a blog.

For example, on an old music blog of mine I once reviewed a Michael Bublé gig. The Michael Bublé Brazilian fan page retweeted my tweet (containing the link to my blog) to their followers and so it appeared in all of their follower’s timelines. As such, my blog saw a great increase in hits from Brazilian Michael Bublé fans. And any hits are normally good hits.

If you’ve not got a blog or something in particular that you’re trying to promote then retweets can still be useful. Often journalists will tweet links to breaking news or opinion pieces from other sources and this can lead you to discover other tweeters who might be of interest.

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