How do I start "cold" contact cover level for first journalism job?

I am about to apply for my first job in journalism as a newspaper reporter. I want to apply to all newspapers in my area, but most do not have any advertised opening for a reporter. I am struggling with how to open my cover letter since I cannot say that I am replying to an ad I saw or that someone referred me to the position? Can anyone offer advice? Thank you.

Asked By: RS - 8/18/2007
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I think that Lizzie-tish said it all. I'm not in journalism, but in my line of work we often have stacks of resumes, no openings and lots of people interested in getting in. The worst that can happen is that they say no, but there are many positives that can come from that one on one. A position may open... More
Answered By: Troy J - 8/18/2007
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That's how I got started. Rather than a letter or email , I'd call either the managing editor or news editor, ask for an appointment , bring some of your stories you've done in a portfolio, along with your resume... More
Answered By: Lizzy-tish - 8/18/2007
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