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My LinkedIn “industry” dilemma

So, I’m finally getting around to joining LinkedIn.

But I have a dilemma. I don’t know what industry to choose. It says to “Choose the industry that best describes your primary expertise,” but that is kind of hard.

I work for a newspaper. So, should I put newspapers? But does that brand me as old school and out of touch with the new media realities? There’s also online media, which might work for where I want to be in the future, but as I said in the beginning of this paragraph, I work for a newspaper. Most of my work goes to print, even if it hits the Web first.

There’s also media production, but that seems to sound more like radio or TV. Maybe it’s just the connotation I carry from the names of the sequences at my university. There’s also a broadcast media section, which obviously I don’t fit in.

I could just stick to writing and editing, or the even broader publishing. But even those don’t quite fit.

I ended up choosing newspapers, for now. You can see my page here, and connect with me if you like.

Before deciding on newspapers, I searched for several people I know or work with to see what they listed, and they’re kind of all over the place. There really isn’t one broad “news” or “media” section, which kind of threw me off as it forced me to pick a camp I’m not entirely comfortable picking. I may reevaluate that decision later on. Any thoughts on whether it was the best pick for now?

One Response to “My LinkedIn “industry” dilemma”

  1. Jess Says:

    Hello! This posting is old, but I am currently facing the EXACT same dilemma! Feel like I’m in the stone ages as I’m just signing up for LinkedIn in 2010, and the majority of my experience is in newspapers.
    My first thought however was the same as yours – that people will think I am not new-age enough if I put newspapers!
    Also have experience in video production, and would probably like to go this route in a career, but also am willing to take what I can get :)

    I see on your page that you are now filed under Publishing. What made you change?