Journalist job hunting the smart way

You may be looking to get your first job in journalism. Or you may be trying to get a new job. In an increasingly competitive media environment, how you present yourself is key. Combine this with the plethora of advice, new platforms and trends and it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees.

This one-day course aims to give you some key tips on how best to present yourself if you want to get a job in journalism and provide some clarity about how to deal with today’s rapidly-changing media landscape.

Course tutor: Martin Cloake (read our Meet the Trainer feature)

Book nowDate: Date TBC
Time: 10.00-17.00
Venue: The Hubworking Centre, London EC2M
Number of places: 12
Cost: £99 (+£19.80 VAT) including a free one-year listing in our online database of freelance journalists worth £50.

This course will cover:
  • making the most of your core skills, identifying your subsidiary skills;
  • building your CV;
  • presenting yourself in person;
  • creating an online presence;
  • social media – making it work for you;
  • networking – how to do it and why it is important;
  • industry trends – how to stay ahead;
  • what makes journalism different;
  • how to use your skills elsewhere.

This one-day course will be delivered via mixture of presentation and discussion. Come prepared to contribute and, if possible, with some examples of how you are presenting yourself via a CV or website.

About Martin Cloake

Martin CloakeMartin Cloake has been a successful staff and freelance journalist for more than 20 years, working in every corner of the publishing industry.

He has recruited and managed staff and continues to successfully pitch for work.

He has been interviewed about his work on radio, TV and podcast and regularly attends innovative events about the journalism industry.

He has taught at the London College of Communication and Goldsmiths college and is a published author of eight books.


"It was a good all round base to begin working in the journalism industry. I think the course was all useful"
Phillipa Davies

"I particularly liked the discussion on social networking and how to use it as a tool to promote myself as a journalist"
Diana Petrucci

"Very useful training course"
Michael Isaac

"Definitely some highly useful ideas on all aspects of getting a job in journalism. Motivating and adaptable to your situation."
Zoe Chapman

"Think it's a great idea to offer this course. There is obviously a huge niche of young journalists unsure of how to chase work/approach editors or publications. Having feedback on your opinions increases confidence and motivation."
Olivia Allwood-Mollon

"Martin Cloake explains information well. interesting course - it was helpful in telling me how to set my CV and covering letter out. Also extended my knowledge on different ways to get a job."
Huda Chaudhry

"The way journalism was framed was a great explanation of the modern media environment."
Dan Billingham

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