Useful links for people in the creative industries

Networking groups and events in Journalism, Media, Film and TV, and PR

Do you work in the creative industries? Would you like to increase your personal or professional network? Here is a list of the most useful networking and online forums and events I've found. Most are in the London area, though many have events around the UK.

Happy networking,

Ros

Journalism - online

www.JournoBiz.com - This website is a central resource for all journalists. Whether you're new to journalism or have been writing your whole career, you'll find everything you need from useful articles to relevant workshops here. And there's a brilliant online forum to post up your freelance questions. Small yearly subscription.

www.freelancejournalism.com - Another discussion forum for freelance journalists.

Journalism - face to face

www.womeninjournalism.co.uk - The WIJ run monthly events for women working in journalism whatever their level, in print and in broadcast. As well as a lively social and networking events, they also have an education/research arm and campaign for better conditions for women in the industry generally. Scottish branch in Glasgow.

http://www.frontlineclub.com/club/workshops/ - The Frontline Club is a private members club for news and current affairs journalists in Norfolk Place, by Paddington station. They host many low cost events for which you don't need to be a member, though the membership is worth it. It's a comfortable place where you can meet other members for a drink or simply relax and read the papers.

Radio events

www.radioacademy.org - The Radio Academy runs a number of educational events throughout the year, and in different parts of the country although the London region is the most active. Current topics include covering the London bombings to a masterclass on how to get into the radio industry. There's also a high profile Annual Conference which provides quality networking with all the key decision makers in the industry, and members can also advertise their services in the annually produced Radio Directory.

Film and television

www.broadcastnow.co.uk/events/index.html - Website for Broadcast Magazine. Useful place for industry news, industry events upcoming jobs. Members can also advertise their services in the annual Production Guide.

www.skillset.org/skillset/events/ - Skillset organises a variety of careers and skills events throughout the year from small, invite-only networking events to large public events such as the runners day conference. Also supports ethnic minorities to get into the audio and visual industries. Also offers a limited career advice service.

www.productionbase.co.uk/ - Production base is a subscription site for anyone in the radio, television or film industry to post up their CV. Media companies search these CVs and if they're interested in you, they contact you directly. So useful for finding new work, but they also have a message board where you can post up queries.

www.mediaparents.co.uk - Jobs board for mums with at least 3 years experience TV production experience now wanting to work part time.

www.bafta.org.uk - BAFTA holds four events per month, ranging from major industry debates to pre-release screenings of film and TV productions, followed by discussions with cast and crew members. They also run affordable practical workshops, debates and other networking events. Members only.

Media debates and networking

www.themediasociety.co.uk/events.asp - High profile debates on current issues so you learn something new and get to network. Highly recommended.

www.intelligencesquared.com - More intellectual debates and networking. London.

PR and other communicators in business

www.cipr.org.uk - CIPR run a number of breakfast briefings, training and other events to increase your skills and meet widen your PR circle.

Women owned businesses

www.sistersnog.com - An events based networking club for women who are ambitious, adventurous and share an entrepreneurial spirit. Catering for both the early bird and night owl, events include Brainstorming Breakfasts, First Friday Lunches, Afternoon Tea and Divine Dinners. Sister Snog captures the essence of lunch with the girls. Great food, great service and great networking with a twist. Perfect for meeting other women who run their own business or are climbing the career ladder. If you would like to experience an event, email your details to ask@sistersnog.com and you'll be invited sample an event a la Sister Snog.

www.44portlandplace.org.uk - YWCA Central Club offers networking evenings once a month. Draws a wide-ranging and international women-only crowd (i.e. not necessarily Creatives). Great for meeting other people in London and extending your personal network. Again very accessible. No heavy handed handshaking or loud idiots. A quiet haven offering genuine friendship round the corner from Broadcasting House, by Oxford Circus.

Purely social

www.ica.org.uk - Exhibitions, screening and live music for arts lovers. Cosy bar and club. Low membership which gets you free entry or discounted rates to all kinds of events.

www.citysocialising.com - New to London and want to make new friends? Want to practice your French or Spanish? Feeling stuck at home and want to get out more? Highly recommended.

www.thenomads.net - Social networking site run by Andrea zur Strassen Nomads is the place to meet new people, exchange ideas and chill out.

Is there a site you think we've missed? Email us and tell us about it!