The way you find out about jobs is to know people (or know people who know people) who will tip you off and put your name in front of those who are hiring. Even entry-level journalists need some kind of network. Rather than bemoan the fact that you never hear about jobs, focus on building that network.

One good way to get hired in journalism is to know “data journalism.” Study data. Learn to love it. You don’t need to be a mathematician to use it and it can empower you to create better journalism.

If you’re going to a university that doesn’t teach data, don’t fret. Try taking a statistics class or two and apply it to the journalism you do in your classes or at your student newspaper. The possibilities are endless here!

Another “social media guideline” post that’s worth consideration.

This is a great bank of story ideas from Dan Reimold of College Media Matters — and he regularly updates it, so keep it bookmarked!

Christopher S. Penn tries an experiment: He redirects every link in his weekly newsletter through his Facebook page to see if “forcing” people to go there will increase engagement.

Suffice to say, it doesn’t work very well. Never force people to engage with you; let it build organically. It takes work, but it pays off!

Great guidelines for those beginning with social media, and especially those running professional social media accounts, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or anywhere.

First of all, my apologies for the lack of updates; they should become more frequent the next few weeks, as I start to prioritize more time to reading journalism resources and writing some of my own.

But anyway, speaking of journalism resources, you must give this list of 151 Twitter followers a look and, if you use Twitter, follow each and every one of them. (Then again, if you want to be relevant as a journalist, you better be on Twitter!)

So who edits breaking news on Wikipedia?

This is an interesting perspective on how journalism and data unfold on the most popular encyclopedia of the internet and other popular socio-technical systems. (by Harvard’s CRCS)

For more, here’s a December story on Nieman Journalism Lab on how Wikipedia deals with a mass shooting.

I wrote this on my main site, but wanted to share for the JournU audience, as well. This is for ONA13-goers, plus anyone who plans on going to journalism conferences in the future (because I think this applies to them as well, for the most part).