Working in the media 2: Getting a foot in the door
Even when you're raring to go, the media world can seem like a closed shop. Graham Easton and others offer some tips on getting a foot in the door
Getting into the media is one of life's catch 22 situations: the more you've published or broadcast, the better your chances, but it's hard to get published or broadcast in the first place. Infuriatingly for the enthusiastic newcomer, you do need some luck. But there are things that you can do to help yourself. And perhaps more important, there are some traps for the unwary which are worth avoiding.
You may or may not be naturally drawn to “organisations,” but they can offer the perfect opportunity to meet and learn from people who share your interests and ambitions. Over coffee or a beer, pick the brains of the doctor who's already succeeded in doing what you want to do; swap tips with a colleague who's in the same boat as you; keep a look out for any interesting work; write articles for their in-house magazines.
Several thriving organisations exist--some devoted