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Susannah Breslin Is Basically Saving The Economy One Person At A Time

Turns out that pretty much everyone Susannah Breslin writes about ends up getting a job.

She discussed this phenomenon on her blog Monday. She doesn’t frame it like we are doing.

She first gave Lauren Rae Orsini $100 to write a piece for Breslin’s blog. Orsini soon landed a job at The Daily Dot. “I don’t think I got Lauren that job. I think Lauren got herself that job,” Breslin says.

Okay. But then Breslin wrote about Frances Bridges, who kept bugging Breslin until she got some decent advice out of her (which is all she wanted to begin with). Bridges then landed a blog on Forbes.

Finally, Breslin wrote about seeing a needlepointed “Hire me” sign in a window. The creator of the sign had almost no experience (working in a popcorn shop for $9 an hour excepted) and no college degree. After Breslin wrote about him, he got three jobs. Three! Two are more physical (baker and robotics teacher) but he’s also doing web design, web programming, and social media marketing.

The moral of the story is that if you want a media job, get Susannah Breslin to write about you.

For Aspiring Editors

Smith & Wesson Model 686 Revolver with Cylinder OpenThanks to the blog Letters of Note we now know what it’s like to edit a magazine.

After William Saroyan wrote to H.L. Mencken in 1936 to ask the man’s advice on starting and editing a magazine, Mencken responded with the following:

Dear Saroyan,

I note what you say about your aspiration to edit a magazine. I am sending you by this mail a six-chambered revolver. Load it and fire every one into your head. You will thank me after you get to hell and learn from other editors there how dreadful their job was on earth.

What Glassdoor Got Wrong In Their Latest Press Release

Valet Parking, Las Vegas, NV

Glassdoor is a pretty neat site, honestly, even if the reviews almost certainly skew toward the extremes. And we usually don’t mind when companies send us ridiculous “top 10″ lists, especially when it’s a slow news week.

But their latest top 10 list, “Top 10 Jobs That Burn Calories,” which is arguably one of the most ridiculous lists we’ve been emailed*, they got something seriously wrong. Okay, two things—first they ranked “firefighter” lower than “valet”—you guys are joking, right, Glassdoor?

But more relevant to this blog’s audience was #4 on this list: news photographer. Yeah, it’s a gym workout and a job all at once, though as prosumer cameras get more and more capable, there’s a lot less gear-lugging than before. But here’s what Glassdoor said:

“Breaking News! Who responds? News Photographers, that’s who. With fewer newsrooms these days and a 24/7 news cycle, news photographers are on the move at all times to capture life’s moments unfolding before it’s too late. They’re constantly moving, running, rushing and lifting heavy equipment to make daily deadlines. You’ll burn some bulge with an 8-hour cardio workout (aka: your normal shift).”

Yep, they said an 8-hour shift is “normal.” Ha ha.

In case you were wondering, the other calorie burning jobs (in rough reverse order) were: personal trainer, landscaper, retail sales, firefighter, nanny, tour guide, roofer, furniture delivery, and the aforementioned valet.

*Who’s seriously going to change their cushy desk job for one where you move furniture around all day? There are easier ways to trim your waistline than making a career change.

Baltimore Sun Copyeditor Doles Out Advice For Copyeditor Wannabes

big monkJohn McIntyre has worked as a copy editor for more than thirty years. In this interview on, he talks about how he got his gig and what advice he’d share for other editors who would like to edit copy at newspapers:

“Consider a vocation in a religious order,” he said. “Then at least someone might feed you.”

Tee hee.

After the jump, a few more choice excerpts from the interview:
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Travel Writers Advised To Avoid Newspapers

“Years ago almost every major newspaper in the country had its own travel section, which was a rich source of sales for full-time travel writers. But in recent years a lot of the big newspapers have gone out of business. There just aren’t as many travel sections available as there used to be.”

The year this was written: 1991.

Things don’t change fast, do they?

Image is from Writer’s Digest, May 1991. Thanks to a friend of MJD for the scan.

‘I Have No Idea What You Do But I’m Glad You Have A Job’

An art director takes to the Xtranormal (talking animals) movie engine to make this clip of an art director home for the holidays trying to explain to Mom what it is, exactly, that he does. “Did you take the picture of the steak in the ad?” “No, a food photographer took the picture.” “Did you cook the steak?” “No, a food stylist cooked it.” And so on. Har har. Having a job nobody outside the ad world understands is definitely a bummer.

Sweden Lets Swedes Take Over Its Account

This really sounds like a prank, but it’s not: Sweden has officially made its Twitter account the most democratic in the world, handing complete control of the feed over to a different Swede each week.

“The idea with Curators of Sweden is that each curator will share both their own and relevant third party’s thoughts, stories, information and other content that is somehow linked to Sweden. The idea is that the curators, through their tweets, create interest and arouse curiosity for Sweden and the wide range the country has to offer. The expectation is that the curators will paint a picture of Sweden, different to that usually obtained through traditional media,” says the website explaining the change.

That’s an understatement. The first guy to have taken over @Sweden describes himself as “Writer and marketer based in Stockholm. Has been called fascinating as well as ass face.”

His Tweets…are clearly not screened. They’re coming over the official feed raw and uncensored, and in our opinion, hilarious. But we’ll let you see for yourself:

Yet this is NOT performance art, as far as we can tell, or even a way to give the “official” voice of @Sweden a vacation. It’s bold, to be sure, and is certainly polarizing opinions across the ‘Net. What do you think? Is this a viable social media strategy?

When Vonnegut Worked At Sports Illustrated

Two horses jumping
We’ve posted in the past when a bit of correspondence from gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson is revealed (like this letter he sent when applying for a job at the Vancouver Sun), but why should HST get all the coverage?

Kurt Vonnegut, for example, did a brief stint at Sports Illustrated when the magazine was first launching.

His downfall came when asked to write a story about a race horse that had jumped over a rail and escaped.

According to VonnegutWeb, Vonnegut stared at his desk for hours. Finally, he left the building.

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A Note To Any Company Considering Hiring Joe Donatelli

Reader Joe Donatelli needs a job. He was laid off from his job at Break Media in LA in August, and since then, has been underemployed (“walking his dog 15 times a day,” in his words) since.

He sent us a note saying that he’s begun including a new link in every cover letter he sends, which is titled “A Note To Any Company Considering Hiring Joe Donatelli.”

It includes plenty of reasons why he should be hired, which include:

  • He’s very good
    OK, it should probably go without saying that he’s very good, but it sounds like bragging in a cover letter to say “I’m very good.” Your company probably has hired very bad employees in the past. Joe would not be one of those, because, as we’ve stated here, and forgive us for beating a dead horse, he’s very good.
  • He will not steal from your company
    Pens, copy machines, profits — you name it. Joe Donatelli will not steal from your company. This is something he likes to call The Joe Donatelli Promise. If something is stolen while Joe is employed at your company, your best bet will be to start questioning any employee who has not made The Joe Donatelli Promise.

Onward til his promise to play on the company softball team (which was a big plus at a newspaper we used to work for), promising not to exceed the Secret Santa limit and make everyone else bad, and pledging to buy Girl Scout cookies from his coworkers’ daughters. (“Joe will buy the Thin Mints, which he immediately refrigerates.”)

“Will it get me anywhere? I don’t know,” he tells us. “Was it fun to write? Yes, it was. Is every word of it true? Indeed.”

Considering that Donatelli’s background includes humor writing and that his last job was at the largest online humor site, we think this was a pretty clever approach. Best of luck to you, Joe.

An Oldie But A Goodie: Barney Stinson’s Video Resume

We here at MediaJobsDaily aren’t followers of the show “How I Met Your Mother,” because, quite frankly, who has time for television when we’re so busy trying to scrounge up the best media news for your job search?*

Maybe you, too, have missed out on this gem of a video clip: the video resume of Barney Stinson, the character played on the show by Neil Patrick Harris.

If you’re gonna do a video resume, this is the way to go:

*You’re welcome! Really!