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Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

A Deeper Look At Gawker’s Full-Time Move

gggg.jpgOur sister blog MediaJobsDaily did some digging into the recent news that Gawker Media has offered some of its writers full-time employment status, particularly the theory that former Gawker staffer Sheila McClear‘s request for unemployment payments following her layoff last year was the motive behind the move.

McClear did eventually get approval from the Department of Labor to claim unemployment, but only after much wrangling. Could her fight have brought Gawker Media under the DOL’s microscope?

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Confessions Of A Condé Nast Layoff Victim, And Some Tips To Help You Survive The Next 6 Months

pink slip protest.jpgIn November 2008, I learned that the Condé Nast-owned magazine where I was working, DNR, was closing. I was out of a job, along with about a dozen of my colleagues. So when I hear reports that my former employer’s decision today to close four titles has cost 180 people their jobs, I can’t help but remember that day less than a year ago when I was going through it myself.

Not only did I experience the devastation of losing my job and seeing a 116-year-old publication disappear forever, but I survived. I’m still working as a journalist, I’m not homeless and, most of the time, I can pay my bills. And the panic attacks and a paralyzing sense of self-doubt have subsided over time. I managed somehow. And so can you.

So how did I do it? I accepted help from family and friends — emotional and monetary — whenever they offered. I changed my expectations. I tried new things, talked to new people and sent my resume to everyone who I thought could help. The first six months were the most difficult, but during that time I learned more than I ever wanted to know about unemployment insurance, COBRA and writing cover letters.

If you’re one of the many who had found themselves out of a job today, I think my experiences might help you through the next scary six months of your life. Read on for three things that will help you survive unemployment.

(Photo via flickr)

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USA TODAY To Launch E-Edition & Weekend Paper Next Week

usa today logo.pngLast month, USA TODAY publisher David Hunke told us to expect a e-Edition of the paper on August 3. Today, the paper officially announced the launch of a new digital version of the nation’s top-selling newspaper, along with their first-ever weekend paper.

The new Saturday-Sunday edition will be called USA TODAY EXTRA and will be available only to subscribers of the paper’s digital or print versions.

USA TODAY is perfectly modeled to suit all the new and emerging technologies we are seeing in the marketplace,” Hunke said in a release. “We’re very pleased to be able to bring the e-Edition to our readers and we will continue to look for new platforms to grow on.”

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