It’s a truth we journalists hold to be self-evident: the media industry is primarily located in New York City.
Most of the biggest and most prestigious media outlets are located there, thus most of the journalists are located in the five boroughs. But the industry doesn’t just exist in NYC — it just seems that way, sometimes. Publications operate all over the world and the United States, including the West Coast. Being in NYC leaves journalists feeling very connected to the scene and what’s going on, but I’m happy to tell you that it’s possible to do that from outside of NYC, too — it just takes a bit more effort.
Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re still in-the-know with the “New York Media” scene while not living in NYC.
- Follow editors and journalists you’re fans of on Twitter. 83 percent of journalists and editors use Twitter; it’s the go-to social media platform for the media industry. It’s where editors post “pitch calls” (what kind of story pitches they are currently seeking) and tweet about other things going on, like if they are switching jobs, unionizing, and more. Keep them in your feed so you’ll get their tweets as you do your daily scrolls.
- Subscribe to newsletters. There’s a lot of news out there and even more industry-specific information — where to start? Sometimes, it’s just easiest to have everything compiled and sent directly to your inbox. Great newsletters that can help you stay connected no matter where you are: West Coast Media Jobs, Mandy Hofmockel’s Journalism Jobs and a Photo of My Dog, and Study Hall’s Digests.
- Read, read, read. When you live in the Pacific time zone, you get used to waking up when the East Coast has already broken a ton of news. I used to joke with my NYC-based colleagues that I was “West Coast late” to learning things because, well, I had just woken up when they’re day was halfway done. I tried not to use that too much as an excuse, though, and started setting aside about an hour before work where I caught up on everything going on — news on my beat, as well as industry news/gossip on Twitter, Poynter, Nieman Lab, and Columbia Journalism Review, just to name a few.
Those are just a few tips to help you stay connected to the media capital of the world — even when you’re based on the other coast.