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Mediagazer Co-Editor Reflects on the Challenges of Self-Employment

In addition to helping operate the 24/7 media reporting controls at mediagazer.com alongside colleagues Patricia Sauthoff, Andria Krewson and Lidija Davis, Lyra McKee is a very enterprising investigative journalist and would-be author. Occasionally, she also  finds time to share some personal observations on her personal website and her latest such blog post offers some excellent, holiday weekend food-for-thought.

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McKee’s January 16 essay is something of a belated New Year’s life evaluation, and a very honest one at that. The Belfast-based writer begins by taking stock of how her current day-to-day compares to what she had once, perhaps foolishly, envisioned:

I had no idea I’d end up like this: self-employed and hustling for the funds to do each story. My plan was for a life of stability: graduate from university, get a newsroom job, mortgage and live happily ever after.

That’s not how it turned out. Twenty-five percent of my time each week is spent filling applications for funding and toying with crazy ideas. Sometimes, it’s fun. Coming up with crazy ideas always is.

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Pitch Your Magazine Article

Pitch Your Magazine ArticleStarting October 1, learn how to write queries for magazines and websites! In this course, you'll learn how to write and send an effective pitch, generate pitch letters, research outlets for your articles, and follow-up with editors to ensure that your queries get results. Register now! 

Gawker Media Ad Paints Accurate Blogging Picture

It’s not so much the words that caught our eye in this NYC editorial fellow job ad, though some of those are notable as well. It’s the image that sits above the Gizmodo/Gawker job description.

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Even the fact that the pop culture references are crossed – this is sort of Charles Dickens meets the Dead End Kids - is somewhat perfect, because today, so much of entry-level blogging demands that. If you’re going to make it in never-ending-deadline-Town, hopscotching from one clever reference to the next is a must. When necessary, in other words, lose the “Oliver” and ratchet up the “Twist.”

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WATCH: Five Things I Didn’t Learn in J-School

Something they don’t always teach in college is that the learning doesn’t really happen until you’re out of school. But by then it’s called working on your craft. And you get paid for it.

Stephanie Tsoflias, New York market TV reporter and Mediabistro instructor gives her list of the top five things she didn’t learn in journalism school.

If you like what you hear, click on this link to sign up for Tsoflias’ “TV News reporting” class or go to mediabistro.com/courses to search for something else you may want to learn.

LinkedIn Promo Explains It’s ‘Not Just for Old People with Heavy Briefcases’

Jessica Roy, editor of the New York Observer‘s BetaBeat, has shared this delightful new pitch from LinkedIn. It’s part of the social network’s decision to reach out to university students looking to determine which specific career options to pursue.

LinkedIn has added dedicated pages for NYU and various other universities. Along with the cheekily narrated video above about how a student profile on LinkedIn can help land that great first job in New York, there’s also this post from LinkedIn’s San Francisco-based director of product development Christina Allen:

So, to make a long story short: A few months later — on the same day in August — my daughter started at her new school 2,500 miles away, and I started my new role at LinkedIn focused on helping future generations find their paths.

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Score That Job: Dow Jones

A few weeks ago we took you inside Dow Jones in an episode of Cubes. If that made you say, “I’d love to work there one day,” here’s your chance to find out how to make that happen.

Vicki Salemi, mediabistro’s very own career expert, author and editor sits down with Meredith Lubitz, vice president of Talent Acquisition at Dow Jones to hear what it takes to go from candidate to employee.

A couple of hints? Who you are outside the office is just as important as who you are inside. So tighten up that social media presence. They want to know what you’re saying to the world.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Score That Job: Lippe Taylor

Looking for a new job but getting frustrated? Are you trying to figure out who you need to talk to? What does a company really mean when they say they “work hard and play hard?”

In this episode of “Score That Job,” career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sat down with Lori Rubinson of Lippe Taylor, a New York agency with clients like IKEA and Elizabeth Arden that focuses on women through public relations, advertising and social marketing.

>You may remember Lippe Taylor from an episode of “Cubes”: Cubes: Office Tour of PR Agency Lippe Taylor

Find out why they’re looking for someone who is creative, not “boring” nice and how you can “Score That Job.”

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Score That Job: Rubenstein Public Relations. Watch The New Show From MediabistroTV!

Looking for a new job? Are you feeling bruised and battered from pounding the pavement without results?

“Score That Job” is a new show from mediabistroTV that will guide you through the never ending maze of online resumes, emails to nowhere and phone calls that go unanswered. Join career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi as she gives you the inside scoop on how to “Score That Job.”

In this episode, Vicki finds out what it takes to get hired at New York’s Rubenstein Public Relations.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Win a Free 3-Job Posting Package in our Twitter contest

Here at Mediabistro, we talk to employers and job seekers everyday and have heard that the interview process can be daunting for both parties. Sometimes it’s hard to ask the right questions during an interview and there’s always one that leaves a candidate scratching his or her head. So, employers, we want to know: What interview question stumps your candidates every time?

Enter our contest for the chance to win a free 3-job posting package on the Mediabistro job board (worth $717!). All you have to do is follow @Mediabistro and tweet us your answer in 140 characters or less.

Include #InterviewQ and you’re in! The winner with the answer that stumps us the most will be announced on Friday, November 30 at 12:15 pm ET via our @Mediabistro Twitter account. Good luck!

The Mediabistro job board is the best place to find top media candidates for your open positions. Companies like Google, Amazon, and AOL post with us — you should too!

 

How Elle‘s Joe Zee Broke Into Fashion (and How You Can Too)


In his over 20 years in the fashion business, Elle creative director Joe Zee has worked for such titles as Details and Allure and styled advertising campaigns for companies like Gap and DKNY. And, in our Media Beat interview, the Toronto native and star of Sundance Channel’s All On the Line with Joe Zee was very clear about how he got to the top.

One: he worked for people he could learn from, namely legendary fashion stylist and editor Polly Mellen. (“She taught me what it was like to have a passion for something.”)

And, two, he worked his butt off. “I won’t put stock in people who tell me they wanna work in fashion, because they wanna be glamorous. They wanna be famous. They wanna be well known,” he said. “If you wanna be those things, wrong business.”

Part 1: Elle‘s Joe Zee Puts It All on the Line for Sundance Channel
Part 2: Elle‘s Joe Zee Reveals Exactly What a Magazine Creative Director Does

7 Ways to Manage Up and Get Ahead in the Media Biz

New Yorkers sure do complain a lot. (And rightly so!) But the last thing you want is to come off as a whiner in the workplace. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on the art of “managing up,” or how to better your relationship with your boss.

No. 6: Tell your manager what you need

Managing up doesn’t mean saying yes to every request; that can cause trouble later if you become overwhelmed. “Communicating requires you to be open about your needs rather than assuming your manager understands what’s going on,” said career coach Deborah Howard, president of Guiding Change Consulting. “Learn to say, ‘I’ll be happy to work on this project, and I’m also working on these three other projects, so how would you like me to prioritize them?’”

For more advice, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy.

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