A beginner's guide to joining NYC's journalism community

NYC is one of the best places to be a journalist interested in digital media and online innovation. Not only is the city home to hundreds of publications, there are also dozens of media groups you can join which regularly host events and happy hours.

Here's just a sampling:

IRL Clubs

ONA NYC
What: The New York City chapter of the Online News Association

When: Events are roughly every other month, posted on Meetup and on Facebook

Sign up: Meetup or ONA NYC's Facebook group 

Deadline Club

What: The NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Events: Hosts events and happy hours throughout the year

More details: http://www.deadlineclub.org

AAJA

What: The NYC chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

Events: Hosts events and happy hours throughout the year

More details: http://www.aaja-newyork.org

NAHJ

What: The NYC chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Events: Hosts events and happy hours throughout the year

More details: https://www.facebook.com/nahjnyc

NYABJ

What: The New York Association of Black  Journalists

Events: Hosts events and happy hours throughout the year

More details: http://www.nyabj.org

SAJA

What: South Asian Journalists Association

Events: Hosts somewhat regular meetups at different newsrooms across NYC

More details: http://www.saja.org

Tow Center for Digital Journalism

What: Research center at Columbia University

Events: Semi-regular events throughout the year

More details: https://towcenter.org

Join their mailing list for events, etc.

Hacks/Hackers NYC

What: NYC chapter of @HacksHackers, bringing journalists and technologists together

Events: Regular events throughout the year

Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/hacks-hackers-nyc/

Facebook/Slack Groups

Note: Request access to all of these, then parse through which ones are the most useful to you. Where applicable, describe who you are and why you want to join.

Journalists of Color Slack group

A Slack group for journalists of color. They have regular meetups in the city.

Good article, although a little old, with links to many FB groups

https://www.poynter.org/news/list-every-hidden-journalism-related-social-media-group-i-could-find

FB media publishers 

Good for latest journalism tools coming out of Facebook

Facebook Journalism Project

Diverse Social Media Editors & Digital Journalists

Lots of job postings for people interested in audience engagement and social media

Women-only Facebook groups (Sorry, guys)
Binders Full of Digital Journalists

Job postings and discussion around working in digital as a female

Binders Full of New Yorkers

Good place for freelance writers based in NYC

Newsletters

Here's a roundup from Joseph Lichterman of industry newsletters, including many of the above.

Other resources

41 must read websites and newsletters for journalists interested in social media