Sally, if you want to get email blasts of work in your area, Southern California or Bay Area, hit on the Cover Depos tab and a map will appear, hit on the red dot for the areas you will cover, then hit the tab to join that group. Your email will be added to the list. When an agency needs a reporter in your area, they will send out an email blast of the job with their contact info. You will get that email blast immediately and you can contact the firm directly.
For the LA and Bay Area groups, there is a $49.95 year fee to receive email blasts because they are very popular and lots of jobs go out.