As the name suggests, press clubs are groups that are made up of journalists and people in the media space. It can be journalists who are interested in print media, those who are doing broadcasts and more recently, there have been journalists in the digital space becoming members of press clubs. These clubs exist to give journalists a place where they can network, know about the emerging trends in journalism and catch up on breaking news.
Members of Press Clubs
- News reporters: These are mostly general beat reporters who are covering events of the day such as breaking news and developing stories. They become members of press clubs to catch up with what is going on, and not to miss out on emerging stories.
- Specialised Reporters: Specialised reporters are those who are handling areas such as health reporting, business reporting, fashion and other areas of specialisation. They belong to press clubs to boost their knowledge in their areas of specialisation. Some go even further into their speciality and get into niche reporting. An example would be reporters who are now doing coverage on online casinos such as the ones you find on netent.org and other websites.
- Students of Journalism: University and college students who major in journalism are likely to become members of a press club because it offers them an opportunity to learn and practice what is in the field of journalism. It also gives them a platform where they can find mentorship and tips on career growth.
- Editors: Editors always join press clubs as mentors and also to get more information on news of what is going on around the world. They also use the press clubs to identify the strengths of the journalists they have, so that they can know how to use them better in their respective newsrooms.