Would you rather your future editor saw your Facebook page, or your Journalisted profile?
This year Journalisted has been developed so that anyone who writes online can create a Journalisted profile. This is particularly great news for students wanting to develop journalism careers, or any career that entails writing. Whether you are an aspiring journalist, keen blogger, blossoming writer or novelist, budding politician, fledgling diplomat, developing think-tanker, or passionate activist – everyone who writes and publishes their work online can build a journalism CV on the site.
So why exactly should you get yourself journalisted?
In short, Journalisted is a quick and efficient way to establish your online presence in advance of the job rush. Journalisted profile pages tend to be listed high up on search engine results including Google, which means that if somebody – e.g. your future boss – googles your name, and you have a Journalisted profile, it will be one of the first things they see. Therefore the site saves you time by giving you a boost in promoting your work to prospective employers.
A Journalisted profile also promotes your professional and personal aspirations alongside your writing by allowing you to link to your blog or website, other sites you might contribute to, your Facebook page, Twitter feed etc. You can also add biographical information including work experience, university, school, awards won, and books edited or written. The site also allows you to import data directly from LinkedIn, see journalists who are writing on similar topics to you, and list your favourite journalists (or even your student peers) alongside your profile. Journalisted is essentially a cool new hybrid Facebook-LinkedIn for writing people.
What’s the catch? Other than not wanting your work to appear online (but why would this be the case if you want to be a writer or journalist?), I can’t think of any. The site is pretty advantageous for professional and aspiring journalists alike. It’s pretty, too. And it’s entirely free.
Finally, Journalisted is cool – it’s where a lot of journalists already hang out. Those who have claimed their profiles include:
- Dan Sabbagh (head of media & technology, The Guardian)
- Matthew Bell (Independent on Sunday diarist)
- Kevin Marsh (executive editor of BBC College of Journalism, former editor of the Today programme)
- Richard Beeston (foreign editor, The Times)
- Paul Bradshaw (visiting professor, City University Department of Journalism)
- Amelia Gentleman (Orwell Prize-shortlisted Guardian social affairs correspondent)
- Paul Lewis (special projects editor of The Guardian, British Press Awards winner, Bevins Prize winner, Orwell Prize shortlistee)
- Milo Yiannopoulos (Telegraph.co.uk technology columnist)
- Tim Montgomerie (editor of ConservativeHome)
- Tanya Gold (freelance)
- Jemima Kiss (digital media reporter, The Guardian)
- Guido Fawkes (blogger)
- Jemima Khan (writer and activist)
- Clare Sambrook (novelist, journalist, winner of the Paul Foot Award and Bevins Prize for work on the End Child Detention Now campaign)
- Matthew Parris (Orwell Prize-winning Times columnist)
- And, of course, Tobias Grubbe (Journalisted’s jobbing 18th century journo!)
I’m definitely not as cool as some of these journos, but I for one have still gone and got myself journalisted, in short because of the reasons above. And in the long run? Because I care about transparency in journalism, because I value my bylines, and because I would like my work to be read alongside that of journalists whom I already admire and by a public who care about news, the debates and culture flowing from it, and who’s writing it.
So if you write, if you want future employers to see that you write, and if you ultimately want a head start in the dreaded job rush, you should get journalisted. Because you are all budding beautiful and unique snowflakes too, so jump on board.
If you are a student and would like to create a Journalisted profile, you can do so here. Journalisted is constantly developing; if you have any comments or suggestions on how to make it better for journalists and the public, please get in touch.