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Journalism Shop Opens Up to Non-LAT Journos

Say you’re a laid-off journalist who has worked for over five years at a major newspaper, you are not exactly a blogger but you’re too young to hang up your press pass just yet. Meet, the Journalism Shop. First started as an aid to ex-LA Times staffers looking for work has now expanded to other laid off journalist.

Just don’t hit them up if you’re a successful freelancer who’s never been on staff. They’re there for the in-betweens.

Why did they suddenly open it up to people outside of the LAT? “Journalism Shop was growing as big as it was going to grow,” founder Brett Levy tells FBLA.

In partnership with Ebyline, Journalism Shop is a bit like the “eBay of newspaper journalism” or an al a carte syndication service. Newsrooms that have been paired down can hire vetted journalists to cover assignments and out-of-work reporters can get gigs. Gigs paid for by newspapers as opposed to ProPublica where it’s a non-profit.

After the jump is the press release in full.

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The Journalism Shop Surveys Former LAT Staffers

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Brett Levy at The Journalism Shop polled 75 former LAT staffers and has a grim assessment of how they’re doing now. It seems our dark vision of a bunch of seasoned reporters a decade from retirement age suddenly out of work and feeling obsolete in an industry forever changed is…well, not too far off.

Levy writes:

More than two-thirds are still receiving unemployment checks, though 68 percent expect those benefits to expire within 30 weeks of when the survey was taken in mid-November. The loss of benefits are despite the 14-20 week-extension recently signed by President Barack Obama.

The eventual end of benefits weighs heavily on the former Times employees.

“I’m hanging in there, but don’t know what I’ll do when I don’t have unemployment as a base,” wrote one female ex-staffer. “I’m in my 50s and it isn’t easy to find a job at my level and impossible to find one that pays what I used to make.” All comments were offered anonymously in the survey.

Read the whole piece here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches

  • Hey Recently Laid Off LATers – The Journalism Shop is Open for Business

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    In the wake of the slaughter fest that is the LA Times this week/month/year, we would like to remind everyone former LAT staffers have banded together to help each other weather the storm. They call it The Journalism Shop, where laid off LAT journalist put up ads making themselves available for work and also learn techie skills in new media. Refurbished reporters. It’s not like a used car lot, it’s more like the place in Silver Lake that sells Mercedes they’ve converted into veggie cars. Meaning: it’s a clearing house of talent, yes, but it’s also a place where seasoned journalists can learn some new tricks. And new gigs. News gigs, in fact.

    They’re actually getting some decent work. Like paying gigs and everything. Brett Levy, who runs the site tells us,”We’re trying to get jobs from people who demand high quality and are willing to pay for it.”

    We hear they are launching a blog in the next week to keep track of the successes. Already there is a Facebook group of who’s working.

    They’ve been operating for two months now. Levy tells us they’re considering launching sites for other journalists, not just those from the LAT.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches
  • Terry McDermott Named CJR Encore Fellow

  • The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches

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    The Journalism Shop launched yesterday. They describe themselves on the site:

    Over the past couple of years the Los Angeles Times and its corporate owner, Tribune, have undergone an epic financial crunch which has led to the jettisoning of hundreds of veteran journalists. We are some of them. Our ranks include veteran political journalists, fashion writers, award-winning investigative journalists and a wide raft of the invisible folks of newspapers – line editors, copy editors, page designers and researchers.

    We talked to former LA Times staffer Brett Levy (also see: WriteThru.com) who runs the site. He told us that within the past 36 hours of their soft launch one of the members of the site is “in talks” about work.

    The site has no ads, it just showcases the resumes of journos who have left or been left by the LAT. “It’s more like a co-op or a club at this point,” says Levy.

    Currently there are roughly 24 members listed on the site, including Scott Martelle, Nona Yates, Nancy Wride, Kristina Lindgren, Janet Wilson, Greg Johnson, Lynne Heffley, Lynn Smith, Rick Schmitt, Jim Fowler, Susannah Rosenblatt, Elizabeth Douglass, Robin Rauzi, Saul Daniels, Richard Cromelin, Robyn Norwood, Rosemary McClure, Karen Chaderjian, Craig Matsuda and Susan Brink.

    Is this the solution to the woes of the laid off? Well, when the going gets tough – the tough go freelance.

    We have our fingers crossed for all of them.