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Newspaper Reporter Ranks Among Top 10 Most Endangered Jobs

press hatIf you’re an aspiring newspaper reporter, listen up. You may want to know about what a little birdie told us. (And by that, we mean a new report issued by CareerCast on the most endangered jobs.)

Yeah, that’s because newspaper reporter is one of them. Based on 200 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career site projected the least promising career paths relative to job growth, income and existing employment. Read more

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‘The Wall Street Journal’ Staffers Land Swag on 125th Anniversary

candlesAs you can probably agree, it’s no easy feat remaining afloat in publishing right now let alone celebrating 125 years!

According to Jim Romenesko, in honor of the 125th anniversary today at The Wall Street Journal, employees received goodie bags. While most of the contents remain a mystery, per the site it sounds like ice cream scoops were “a real hit.”

Another tipster told Romenesko there were also cell phone charges along with a few other things.

In any event, congrats on their huge milestone!

Laid Off & Looking For Work? Toronto Publisher Recruits Laid Off Newspaper Pros

extra extraGood news for old school newspaper folks!

If you’re a newspaper professional and you’ve been laid off, Community Bulletin Newspaper Group, Inc., is offering reentry into the field based on success from The Bulletin, their Toronto community newspaper.

We hear they’re actively recruiting writers, editors and ad sales pros to create and own local community newspapers with a proven newspaper template. Read more

Allergic to Your Job? Journalist Announces His Newsprint Allergy

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According to a piece we read in The Wall Street Journal, a journalist at the Baltimore Sun has unfortunately learned he’s allergic to newsprint!

He’s allergic to pine resin which is actually an ingredient of newspaper ink itself.

Michael Dresser informed colleagues in a memo a few days ago that he’s going to wear rubber gloves around the office to avoid coming into contact with it. Apparently he’s experienced skin troubles and eye ailments as a result of discovering his allergy. Read more

Top Journalism Conferences for Students & Educators to Attend in 2014

mikeIn case you’re looking to ramp up that Rolodex (sidebar: does anyone really use a traditional one anymore?), look no further.

Dan Reimold of College Media Matters compiled a list of “the most indispensable, regional, national and international conferences in 2014 for individuals practicing, teaching, advising and studying journalism.” Read more

CareerCast Announces Most Stressful Jobs of 2014: Newspaper Reporter & PR Exec Make the List

noThis just in…CareerCast has released its list of the most stressful jobs of 2014 and let’s just say it does not look pretty. The obvious ones made their list such as firefighter and enlisted military personnel for their high stakes situations. Unfortunately for us, newspaper reporter and public relations executive made the list, too.

Per the site, they’re on the list due to the tight deadlines and scrutiny of the public eye. Public relations ranked sixth on the list with a median salary of $54,170 and projected job growth of 21 percent. The eighth spot went to newspaper reporters with a median salary of $35,870 and projected job growth of negative 6 percent. Ahem.

Here’s how they all stacked up:

Most Stressful Jobs of 2014
1. Enlisted military personnel
2. Military general
3. Firefighter
4. Airline pilot
5. Event coordinator
6. Public relations executive 
7. Corporate executive
8. Newspaper reporter
9. Police officer
10. Taxi driver

Downsized Journalist Raises More Than $7,000 to Pay Rent

moneyOn the brink of becoming homeless, former journalist Craig Lindsey got crafty.

The former Raleigh News and Observer writer has been unemployed for the past three years and his unemployment benefits ceased last January. He needed $900 to cover his rent and leveraged Indiegogo on New Year’s Eve to get it done. Lindsey wrote on the site, “I’m just looking to see if anyone can help with a few dollars on this most of dire of weeks.”

Well, as per Indiegogo, the former journo has raised $7,825! His profile indicates:

“As I go into my fourth year of joblessness, with little to no prospects on the horizon, I’ve often felt I made a huge mistake choosing this line of work. I also feel I’ve made a bigger mistake moving to an area where there’s not a lot of demand for my line of work. I don’t have family here, so I don’t even have that to fall back on. My friends try to help me out when they can, but they have their own troubles. I only ask if you can help me on this endeavor, and I will be eternally grateful.” Read more

Journalism Student Defends Major: ‘We’re Headed Into an Industry That is Alive and Kicking’

press hatMelanie Stone, journalism student at DePaul University, has just about had it with people badmouthing our industry.

In a Business Insider piece she writes:

“Everyone is hating on journalism, and I’m tired of it. Two years ago, I shipped off to college, wide-eyed and ready to write. I had plans: I would master the feature lede. I would abhor the Oxford comma. I would graduate with my journalism degree and run off to The Chicago Tribune where surely, surely I’d be hired to be the next page-two columnist.”

Who can’t relate to Stone? Read more

WaPo Columnist Michelle Singletary On Becoming a Brand

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Michelle Singletary has become one of the country’s leading personal finance gurus. She’s a multi-platform success story, and her Washington Post column “The Color of Money” is syndicated in over 100 newspapers around the country.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? Singletary talks about the declining newspaper industry, how she handles criticism and accidentally becoming a brand:

We know a multimedia platform is necessary for journalists and media personalities, but how has it helped you build your own brand?
Well, people keep telling me I’m a brand but I never thought of myself as one. I have a unique perspective on how to handle money so I want that platform because I want to get the information out. I’m a huge advocate of financial literacy. I want to bring something different to the table to help people understand how to deal with their money. It’s sort of like, people talk about Oprah and they say, “Oh, she’s this great media mogul.” But when you think about it, while she definitely is a skilled media person, she got where she is because she had a passion to talk to everyday women. The fame and the fortune followed that mission.

To hear more advice from Singletary, read: So What Do You Do, Michelle Singletary, WaPo Columnist and Finance Guru?

– Aneya Fernando

Editor-in-Chief of ‘More’ Dishes About Fearlessness & Versatility at WiCi Awards

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

There’s no doubt about it, we’re still on an inspirational high after last night’s WiCi Awards honoring rising stars in communications. The New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) program celebrated 10 mavericks as More’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour emceed. (Check out tweets at #WiCi13: One of our favorites? “Growth and comfort don’t coincide.”)

Congratulations to the honorees: Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and chief operations officer, Digital Brand Architects; Deborah Brenner, founder and president, Women of the Vine;  Sara Haines, correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America; Rachel Haot, chief digital officer, City of New York; Dustee Tucker Jenkins, vice president, public relations, Target Corporation; Abbey Klaassen, editor, Ad Age; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, creative director and co-founder FEED Projects; Kass Lazerow, co-founder and former COO of Buddy Media; Maria Cristina Marrero, editor-in-chief, Siempre Mujer Magazine, Jenna Wortham, technology reporter, The New York Times.

Naturally, we wanted to get the secret sauce to their mojo. What’s the deal with being fearless and versatile in this ever-changing industry? We caught up with Seymour in the green room. Recognizing the fearlessness of the winners, we wondered what the EIC of Meredith’s popular brand had to say. Keep in mind the successful editrix seems pretty fearless herself, having penned two books and published the magazine’s first compilation book. Oh, did we mention she was named to Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009? No, we’re not gushing too much.

When it comes to being fearless, it turns out we have to no choice! She dished… Read more

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