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Discarded Print Journo Tries to Adapt to the Scary World of Freelancing

From a tiny village in Spain, Christina Patterson has shared an essay that is at once wonderful and depressing. After ten years at London’s The Independent newspaper, she was recently and very suddenly given her walking papers.

Patterson is an overseas journalist, yes; but what she describes could just as easily have come from the forced-vacation keyboard of a Cleveland Plain Dealer vet or Gannett Co. goner. She talks about a couple of recent plays that resonated, hints that her exit from The Independent hit a high decibel level and gives a very good description of freelancing:

Since then [the firing], I’ve done what freelancers do. I’ve sent a lot of emails. I’ve had a lot of meetings. I’ve discovered, as freelancers apparently often do, that most of your working hours, at least for the first few months of being freelance, are spent trying to get work. You can only do the work – or start to do the work – when the working day ends. Which means, or seems to mean, you end up working pretty much all the time…

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UK Journo Reflects on FBLA-Delivered Nazi News

We are big new fans of Christina Patterson, a commentator with The Independent newspaper in London. And not just because she today credits FishbowlLA with making her aware last week of a most dubious distinction bestowed upon her by LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center. (Alongside journalists Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez, Patterson was tagged by the Center as having written one of the year’s “Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs.”)

Patterson’s writing style seamlessly blends a flair for the English language with basic common sense. Under the headline “How I Was Smeared as an Anti-Semite,” the former director of the Poetry Center picks up where we-she left off, describing her astonishment at our Twitter bad news and sharing some of the extensive feedback that followed at her end.

The day after Twitter’s not-so-secret Santa, I had an email from an Orthodox Jew (“you may even,” he said, “say ‘Ultra’ Orthodox”) from New York. He had, he said, seen the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list. “What you said,” he said, “is not anti-Semitic. I apologize to you for their wrong”.

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Three Journos on Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs List

This is definitely an awards season Top Ten List no one wants to be on.

LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center has unveiled its Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs compilation for 2010, and the saddest part of it all is that three – count ‘em, three – journalists are there alongside Oliver Stone, a German government official, a Palestinian Information Ministry mouthpiece and others.

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