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Get a Job as a Social Media Manager

alternategigs1.jpgWhether you are looking for a total career revamp or just to earn a few extra bucks on the side, there are a number of unique job opportunities for freelance journalists, including some that you may not think you’re qualified for. For example, social media jobs are a great fit for news hounds.

“Journalists have an even bigger opportunity to get into social media now, because there is always something new and more hands are always needed,” said Douglas Marshall, a journalist turned social media manager for Saks Fifth Avenue. “I know a lot of journalists who write freelance for larger retail company’s blogs, or they are hired on a consulting basis to be ‘experts.’ Journalists are currency in the social media world, probably more than they think they are.”

Find out how to get the job in Mediabistro’s latest AvantGuild article, Great Side Gigs for Journalists and Writers. [subscription required]

Andrea Hackett

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HBO Streams First Episode of The Newsroom on YouTube

Aaron Sorkin‘s latest show, The Newsroom, aired its first episode on HBO Sunday night. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the show or don’t subscribe to HBO, you’re in luck. HBO is currently streaming the entire first episode on YouTube.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is a one-time thing as the main HBO Twitter account tweeted that it would only be airing the first episode on YouTube. Read more

7 Social Media Resources for Journalists Covering the Olympics

In just about a month, the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be upon us.

The London Games have already been touted as “the first social media Olympics,” with some even going so far as to nickname them the “socialympics.”

Social media will play a big role, with the games showing up on “dedicated portals on Google+, as well as a Twitter branded page, a one-day check-in event with Foursquare (on Olympic Day), a project with Tumblr, and another specifically with Instagram,” reports TechCrunch.

Whether you will be reporting on the games from afar or you’re one of the lucky journalists getting ready to descend on London to cover the Olympics in person, here are seven resources to look at before and during the games. Read more

Study: iPad Owners Consume More News

A tablet device with a user's index finger resting on the touchscreen.A recent survey from the Reynolds Journalism Institute found that iPad users were more likely to consume news compared to those without iPads. Not only were iPad users across age groups more likely to go to news organizations for information—they also spent more time reading the news compared to people who do not own iPads. Eighty-four percent of iPad users like to keep up with the news on their devices, compared to 63 percent of all mobile device owners.

These numbers may not be all that surprising, but the study also found that two-thirds of those in the 18 to 34 age group spent 5 hours a week consuming content from news organizations. This rose to 7.3 hours a week for those with an iPad in this age group. Interestingly, media consumers over 55 spent less time consuming news on their devices—probably because two-thirds of them have subscriptions to news in print form. This contrasts with the younger age group, where only a quarter of them have print subscriptions. Read more

8 Places to Find Your Next Story

magnifyingphoto.jpgSearching for the next big story to pitch? Your source of inspiration might be right on your website.

“We always reach out to commenters,” said Meghan Keane, editorial director for women’s sites, including Crushable and Blisstree. Keane’s writers and editors often ask commenters to tell stories in their own unique way, either by writing it themselves or telling it to a staff writer.

“We want to reach out to people who will make stories interesting,” she added.

And remember to scope out the boards for sites you don’t write for, too. Often, the readers themselves will reveal the hidden angle from an article, what a sports reporter should have really asked an athlete, or the biggest WTF moment of the latest season of True Blood. Question forums like Quora and LinkedIn Groups can also shed insight into what’s on everyone’s minds. Keep digging and digging until you find a subject so deliciously niche that your editor just can’t say no.

Get seven more sources of inspiration in 8 Places to Find Your Next Story.

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