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Archives: January 2010

The Best Take We’ve Seen On The Newsday Paywall News

So, Newsday’s pay wall has successfully gotten, uh 35 people to pay for it.

We don’t want to philosophize on what this means. (Short version: If pay walls are going to work, it can’t be piecemeal. If.)

All we want to say is that Short Form Blog has the best take on the news yet.

Second-best take, from Newsweek’s Tumblr (note the last tag on the post):

Digital And Direct Marketing Hiring: Up, Up, Up

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Almost half of digital and direct marketers will be hiring this quarter, according to a new survey from Bernhart Associates. And only 26 percent of survey respondents are reporting hiring freezes, down from 45 percent last quarter.

The jobs that are in most demand include analytics, both online and offline, and Internet marketing.

“We’re seeing some newer job categories emerge,” added Jerry Bernhart, principal of Bernhart Associates Executive Search, which oversaw the research. “A couple of companies will be looking for senior-level social media strategists and online video experts.”

You heard it here first. Online video experts.

Junior Copywriter’s Brilliant Networking Scheme

Via our sibs at AgencySpy, here’s one of the most original schemes for getting noticed we’ve seen lately.

Short version: If you’re someone who can help this dude Chris Heher get a job, or at least look at his portfolio, he’ll donate two hours of his time to a charity of your choice.

Two hours isn’t very much time—but all you gotta do is meet with him. If that’s not a clever way to get informational interviews, we don’t know what is.

F.T. Hires In US | LA Times Names New Assistant Biz Editor | More Stuff That Happened Yesterday

Jobs Of The Day: Ever Wanted To Work For This American Life?

Now you can, since This American Life is hiring a full-time producer.

More jobs, fresh from the Web:

R&J Public Relations is looking for a senior account executive in consumer electronics. is seeking a social media manager.
Vonage is hiring a senior manager of online media.
BusinessWeek is hiring an energy editor.
Aol News seeks an editorial associate.
The KU Endowment seeks an editor and team leader for web and social media.
Crain Communications seeks a circulation coordinator.
SK+G has an open position: an interactive creative director.
New York magazine is looking for a homepage editor.

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

Tweetdeck’s JobDeck Reviewed

TweetDeck has just launched a job-searching Twitter client in conjunction with TwitJobSearch, a Twitter job-search engine.

JobDeck is free, and it’s a Twitter client, and both of these things are positives.

But what does it do?

We installed the thing (virus-testing is just another of the many services we offer!) and it turns out that JobDeck is just a branded version of TweetDeck that comes with two extra columns: one that lets you follow TwitJobSearch and another that lets you follow a list of job search experts.

TwitJobSearch scans Tweets for messages that sound like job ads, but we couldn’t figure out how to get that column (which would be really useful) into JobDeck.

If you need a job and a Twitter client, this baby is a one-stop shop.

Would we ditch our current client? Maybe, maybe not.

WaPo May Launch Business Standalone?

The Washington Post may be launching a competitor to Washington Business Journal, the City Paper reports.

The paper sent a poll to some subscribers asking them to rate a prototype for “look, feel, and types of stories within it.” If the product launches, it’ll run weekly and cost $1.99, and the company will hire some young, eager reporters to fill the thing’s pages. So keep your ears peeled.

You Asked, We (Got Someone To) Answer: Recruiter Victoria James Answers Your Burning Questions

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On Friday, we sat in on a webinar called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Working with Recruiters* (*and now get a chance to ask!)” You suggested questions to ask recruiter Victoria James and like dutiful messengers are now reporting her answers. (Online Journalism: We sit in on meetings so you don’t have to. Just kidding; we were happy to do it. Really.)

Commenter Calisunshine asked:
“My background is varied with a number of years spent writing, many in sales and a few in production. I’m thinking of going back into sales and wonder if it would it be advisable for me to use a functional resume? They used to be frowned on.”
James: I don’t get functional resumes. I don’t really understand them— I have no context. You tell me you did all these things and then at the bottom you list ABC company from 09 to 10, so I don’t know where you did these things in your career path.

I have never submitted a functional resume to a client company, ever. Nor would I suggest to a client they create one. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of recruiters and companies that appreciate them.

Going into sales is interesting, as long as you’re willing to take a low salary you have a great shot. The company is not taking a great risk in hiring you, as all of [your compensation] is in commission. Low salary, big upside. So if you win, so does the company, but the company’s risk at the beginning of the relationship is minimized.

Lost_in_AZ asked: “53 years old. On my resume: do I ‘forget’ to include the date I received my BA or leave it in?”
James said: You can leave it off. It’s not like people won’t be able to vet how old you are from your job experience, though you can drop some of it. Your older experience is less relevant to who you are. [Leaving off your graduation date] may shave a few years off to those companies who may be more sensitive to age.

Another, non MJD reader asked a great question that we have to throw in: What’s your prediction for the job market in 2010?
“I’m seeing glimmers of movement,” James responded. “It hasn’t started to be a full fast walk, let alone a run. But I’m much more optimistic now than I was 6 months ago.”

FOR A LIMITED TIME: MediaJobsDaily and Team Up For Free Resume Critiques

We are thrilled to finally be able to announce this partnership.

You may have already known that offers resume evaluation services.

What we’re doing, especially for MediaJobsDaily readers, is making this service available to you with an extra bonus.

If you send us your resume, our kickass team of experts will evaluate it for you and provide pointers that will help you revamp that all-important document.

We’ll post it here (with your name and other identifying info removed) so everyone can learn at the same time. In exchange for you letting us post the results online, you’ll get a free cover letter critique as well–something that’s usually only included with our Custom Resume Solution, which is decidedly NOT free.

So send us your resume and cover letter for the free critique. One caveat: We’re not going to critique—at least for now—multiple resumes in the same industry, so you really want to be the FIRST PR professional, or the FIRST copywriter to drop us a line.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE that submissions are now closed–please don’t send us any more resumes. We’re sorting through your stuff now and will be posting the results when we can!

Copy Editors, You’re Jobs Are Safe?

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CJR’s Regret the Error has an interesting piece up about tools that help news organizations avoid, and correct, errors. provides a simple way for readers of an online story to submit proposed corrections; its product, GooseGrade (which tells us will soon be renamed to just Editz), sorts the proposed corrections and submits them to site editors for review. We just tested it on the same blog post that Craig Silverman tried it on. Seems slick, actually, and a better system than most newspapers currently have.
is another crowdsourced editing app, but it’s for drafts, not published articles. (And it’s still in beta.) The idea is to chop up a draft into smaller pieces and give friends or acquaintances a crack at editing the text.

Last, a computer scientist thinks he’s developed a better spellchecker. He says that his technology “outperforms Microsoft Word significantly both in quality of proofreading and in speed.” But we fed it some really sloppy copy (like the headline of this post? Har har?) and it caught only six typos and ten false positives. CJR admits that the scientist is still fine-tuning his method, but for now, copy editors, these don’t pose much of a threat, so the spellcheckers that replace you will kinda suck.