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Age Discrimination Case Foiled By Daughter’s Facebook Post

moneyYet again, the power of social media proves its weight.

Here’s why: Patrick Snay won an $80,000 age discrimination settlement against his employer, Gulliver Preparatory School, in Florida. After being the private school’s headmaster for years, they declined to renew his contract. Snay sued and won $10,000 in back wages and an additional amount of $80,000 for the settlement.

The only catch? A confidentiality agreement that his daughter, Dana, foiled. That is, she dished to her 1,200 Facebook friends, says AOL Jobs. Read more

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WATCH: Five Things I Didn’t Learn in J-School

Something they don’t always teach in college is that the real learning doesn’t happen until you’re out of school. But by then it’s called gaining experience or working on your craft. And you get paid for it.

Stephanie Tsoflias, New York market TV reporter and Mediabistro instructor gives her list of the top five things she didn’t learn in journalism school.

If you like what you hear, click on this link to sign up for Tsoflias’ “TV News reporting” class or go to to search for something else you may want to learn.

Want to be Debt-Free After Graduation? Statistics Recommend Avoiding Journalism (Sigh)

College students, listen up and everyone else, take heed. If you want to be debt-free after you graduate, you may want to avoid pursuing a few occupations which rank among the worst for debt. You know, like journalism.

We cringe with disappointment as we share this grim news. That is, Bankrate released numbers which reflect occupations related to debt by comparing median salaries and how long it would take to pay off student loans. Read more

Arianna Huffington, Maria Shriver, Jon Steinberg & More Media Folks Bestow Advice in Commencement Speeches

This time of year is full of such aspiration and hope, isn’t it? Thanks to college graduations there’s a little more magic and excitement in the air. And oh yeah, commencement speeches, too.

Well, as part of their influencer series, LinkedIn compiled excerpts from successful people (okay, more like moguls) this spring and we extracted relevant media professionals because every now and then it helps to get a boost of advice.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post Media Group stated:

“Commencement speakers are traditionally expected to tell graduates how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are headed into desperately needs it. And because you are up to it…what I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world. Read more

Discount of $50 for Early Registrations for New LinkedIn Course: Job Search and Networking

LinkedIn is an incredible resource for lead generation, networking, and career development. Discover how to become a power user and enhance your current career or job search in Mediabistro’s LinkedIn: Job Search and Networking course starting May 14, 2013. Over six weeks, instructor Delia Camasca, a recruiter for NBC Universal, Disney ABC Media Networks, and Lifetime Networks, will show you how to:

  • Build a strategic profile on LinkedIn that is rich in keywords and SEO tags
  • Research companies and build relationships with new contacts
  • Start, join, and partake in LinkedIn Group discussions
  • Develop a comprehensive LinkedIn Company Page for your business or brand

This new course starts on May 14, 2013 and early registrations prior to May 13 will save $50. Use the code LINKEDIN50 to redeem. Limited seating is available, so don’t wait! Register today and start building your professional relationships.

10 Fixes for Common Public Speaking Problems

Meyer London giving a speech

You may never address a boardroom full of executives or an auditorium filled with thousands of people, but it’s virtually a guarantee that at some point during your career, you’ll need to at least deliver a Powerpoint to some colleagues.

Yet public speaking fills so many of us with dread. Thankfully,’s Monster Thinking blog has lined up ten fixes for common problems. You may not turn into Jack Valenti (or another famously celebrated public speaker, if Valenti’s not your thing) but you can at least erase that crippling fear and boost your chances at a promotion with your awesome delivery.

  • Tip: Don’t know what to do with your hands? Speaking too fast? Racing through your presentation? Don’t slow down your speech — improve your eye contact. Connect with your eyes before you speak. It’s like any sport. Aim first, then act!
  • Overly dependent on PowerPoint slides? Speak only when you are looking at someone. You can look at your notes or the screen, but not talk at the same time. Basically, cleanse the verbal palate with time (non-talk) for the audience to process the information. Then dish out your ideas with individual portions. The non-speaking time helps your audience’s digestion.
  • If you’re not addressing a crowd, but instead are at a networking event, you still need to present yourself well. For example….

  • Hate elevator speeches or think they are boring? Be creative. Avoid starting with the mundane: My name is, or I am…. Play around with these words to start your introduction: Imagine … Clients tell me … If you need … Then, add your business information and end with your name. Your listeners will appreciate the change from the usual.
  • Feel uncomfortable in big crowds? Buddy up! Drive over with a friend to loosen you up. Enter together and jointly engage in one conversation. Then, more comfortable, disperse and have another conversation. Remember, you can engage without speaking. Be present, listen well, and turn off the negative inner dialogue. You’ll soon notice how awkward becomes awesome.

More tips, including how to ask for favors, influence colleagues in a meeting, and participate effectively on conference calls, are at the original source.

Got Commencement Speeches? Advice They Don’t Tell You at Graduation

It’s that time of year again! Even if you graduated from college too many years ago to count, we figure it never hurts to rely upon sage commencement speeches for a job search pick me up.

This one, however, struck a chord: Not only is it different, it’s realistic! And no, it wasn’t part of a real speech though the author wishes someone would have told it like it is to the Class of 1988. The Wall Street Journal published an adapted piece by Charles Wheelan based on his book, 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said.

For instance, he implied some of your worst days are ahead of you! “Graduation is a happy day,” he wrote. “But my job is to tell you that if you are going to do anything worthwhile, you will face periods of grinding self-doubt and failure. Be prepared to work through them.”

Although it’s a grim reality, sometimes reassurance is helpful. Yes, the job search or career reinvention time is grueling and tough but the key is expecting it won’t be a walk in the park and deciding to continue walking ahead anyway.

In another point, Wheelan ascribed to the notion of not trying to be great. “Being great involves luck and other circumstances beyond your control. The less you think about being great, the more likely it is to happen,” Whelan wrote in his book which will be released on May 7.

The man has a point. Instead of focusing so much on being great and making strides, focus on the strides themselves. Enjoy the journey, not the destination and you might be very well surprised!

In another tip, he pointed out we shouldn’t take anything for granted. Although morbid, if you get hit by a bus tomorrow would you have any regrets? Better yet, he offered this advice: “And the important corollary: Does this path lead to a life I will be happy with and proud of in 10 or 20 years if I don’t get hit by a bus?” Just some food for thought.

What’s It Like To Learn Journalism From Jeff Jarvis?

In this piece for The Atlantic Wire, journalism student school alumnus Alex Abad-Santos calls Jeff Jarvis a “lanky guy who barely fills out his suit,” “Dumbledore or Gandalf,” “a soothsayer,” and “a guy who must have the last word.”

Others quoted in the piece say he’s a shameless self-promoter, a fast-talker, frenetic, smart, and Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

One thing’s for sure: being in his class sounds nuts.

He teaches entrepreneurial journalism for the CUNY graduate school of journalism, and students either love it or hate it.

“There’s a syllabus, it’s loose but there is one,” Collin Orcutt, a 2009 graduate, told Abad-Santos. “You practice your “elevator pitch” every day and we talked about business models every day…And how to make yourself and your business sustainable.”

When Jarvis originally proposed his course, all but one of the members of the school’s curriculum committee (composed of students and faculty) voted for it. The lone dissenter told Abad-Santos: “I found his proposal for the entrepreneurial program at CUNY to be half-finished and didn’t seem to show what the students would be doing, exactly, except listening to him…like a TED talk except you pay for it.”

He’s got a good track record, though: right about Twitter, right about entrepreneurial journalism (so far), and he’s got tons of former students who think he’s more than just a shameless self-promoter. Sign us up.

Getting The First Job In Media Starts Earlier Than You Think

Two posts today highlight the importance of getting started early if you want a job in journalism…the advice here could apply to any media industry, though.

Clay Duda at Center for Sustainable Journalism writes that “my biggest regret is letting graduation sneak up on me as quick as it did….the earlier you can start networking the better.”

So if you’re heading back to J-school (or any school) this fall, start thinking about making those connections. You don’t want to wait until graduation.

Mindy McAdams, a journalism professor at the University of Florida, saw Duda’s post and concurred. “From my observations as a j-school professor, a lot of students have this problem. Graduation seems to sneak up on them suddenly, and then they feel a terrible panic.”

What can you do? Besides networking, she says, get in the habit of checking job boards (she names,, and–woo hoo!). Try to notice patterns in what skills are listed as requirements for the jobs. Then go and get those skills.

Don’t wait til next spring, folks!

Student Journalists Find Yet Another Medium In Which To Embarrass Themselves

twitter-logo.pngJournalism professor Dan Reimold is disturbed by what he sees as a new trend: student journalists using Twitter to find and contact sources.

What’s wrong with them? Well, Reimold says, the character limits and public-by-necessity messages make the Tweeted introductions “resemble public cattle calls more than courteous private introductions.”

Reimold goes on to explain how these messages could be done better—they should be personalized rather than blasted to 50 people at once, they should be DMed (if possible), and they should be professional.

Here’s the thing. We (that’s the royal we here) use Twitter to contact sources all the time, usually as a last resort for those sources that didn’t pick up the phone or respond to our email. We like to think we send personalized, professional messages no matter the medium.

And that’s the thing: a student journalist who thinks its OK to send 50 messages that just read “Hi, I’m a journalism student, I’m working on a story. Up for a chat?” is going to think it’s OK to send 50 messages by email too (probably CCing all 50 people as she does so). Twitter isn’t overly rude; it’s just a medium. It’s what you do with it that matters.