"It's who you know that counts."

We've all heard that statement, and the lasting quality of that statement (it's been around at least a century) should be a testimony that there is some truth in it. When it comes to getting a job and moving ahead in the news business, who you know can make all the difference in the world.

So how does a young j-grad – or for that matter a j-student – get to know people that will be helpful in developing and advancing your career?

Like anything else in the news business, the fastest way to get ahead is by developing and nurturing sources. Go out and meet people, and MAKE FRIENDS.

What follows is a list of some of the journalism groups that can help you to get into the business and to get ahead once you are in.

First, you need to be aware of the membership list of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.

Second, as a student / new reporter, you should pay particular attention to these:

Third, be alert to opportunities through alumni associations, fraternaties, sororities and other clubs and organizations. Choose the "others" wisely.