Hello all,

I've posted once before and received very positive feedback. I am a new reporter, I've done about 7 jobs, but I would like to start working more. As of right now I'm working with one firm. I was wondering if you all could give me some advice on how to go about getting on calendar with other firms? I've made a few calls, but it seems to not get me anywhere. All feedback is much appreciated.

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Comment by Kellie Zollars on March 11, 2013 at 12:02

Hi, Amanda

The best way to make work contacts is through good, old-fashioned networking.  I didn't see where you live, but join your local/state reporting associations and go to seminars, classes, conventions and talk to the people around you.  Bring your own personal business cards with your contact information on it.  Reporters at these events love to encourage new reporters and always have good advice.  Talk to the people you went to school with who are out working. I have gotten many jobs over the years from other freelance reporters who say, "I can't take that job on Tuesday, but try calling my friend Kellie to see if she can help you out."  Then return the favor whenever possible.  When firms start contacting you, be sure to say yes to whatever job comes your way (but nothing you don't think you can handle). Yes, you will take a bunch of the less desirable work, but that's how you get your foot in the door when you first start out.  The scheduling person will remember that you helped them cover an 8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. job when no one else would.  Cover Depos is a great idea too.  You get to "try out" firms by taking one job for them to see whether it's a good fit for you or not.   

Comment by Amanda Hall on March 10, 2013 at 19:35
Thank you ladies! Both of those help a lot!
Comment by Kelli Combs (admin) on March 8, 2013 at 16:14

Amanda, did you join the cover depo group on this website yet?  You hit on the Cover Depo tab at the top of the main page, hit on the red dot on the map where you will accept work, then hit the tab to join the group.  Your email will be kept and you will get email blasts from agencies in your area that need jobs covered.  They will leave contact info and you contact them directly.  Today on this website I bet 35 jobs went out all over the U.S. 

Comment by Kyung on March 7, 2013 at 12:13

At first I thought you meant getting the to the actual location of your depo.  I see that is not what you meant.

Here are some blogs.  You might find them helpful.  Maybe not.

Caveat Emptor

Last-minute depo - get your name out there and let them know you're available for last minute.

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Dialing for dollars

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