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April Was A GREAT Month For Media Jobs

If you look at the number of job postings on some of the industry’s biggest boards in April, you can’t help but smile.

April was a great month for three media job boards, including mediabistro.com’s own board, with postings surging in the second half of the month.

On mediabistro.com’s board, the number of available jobs rocketed past 1,000 on April 15 and has stayed above 1,000 since, the longest stretch since we began keeping track at the beginning of the year.

Here’s a graphical representation of the data from about six weeks ago to today: the blue line represents the number of postings on a given day; the red is a seven-day average meant to smooth out weekend fluctuations.
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JournalismJobs.com also saw growth in the second half of the month, with its postings hitting over 700 earlier this week.

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And Bookjobs.com, a much smaller, niche board for those in publishing, also saw a surge in postings—volume there topped 150 earlier this month.

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Is this the beginning of the recovery? Maybe! This growth has been pretty consistent over the past few weeks—but let’s give it a little more time.

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Maryland Blogger To WaPo: ‘Remind Me Why We Should Be Working For You For Free?’

The Washington Post’s plan to create a local blogging network has some local bloggers disgruntled.

Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch reported last week that he was approached by the Washington Post to join a local blogging network. (This one, here.)

The deal would involve the Post syndicating MPW’s content; it would also require all bloggers in the network to participate in a discussion once a week and create a “workflow plan” where each blogger in the network would be required to create extra material on a rotating basis.

Pagnucco turned them down, he says.

Why?

The Post underestimates the blogosphere, he says. Using Google Reader subscriber counts as an example, he says “MPW’s rag-tag band of volunteers, guests and rogues has slightly more regular online subscribers than the Post’s entire paid staff of Maryland reporters combined.”

(To be fair, this metric is far from scientific, but the Post doesn’t release site visit statistics publicly.)

“We think there is value in the additional traffic it will drive to their blogs and in having their writing exposed to a new audience,” Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told us via e-mail.

Second, says Pagnucco, “the implications of the Post’s plan to use bloggers as free labor are troublesome for its paid columnists. The Post has several good local columnists like Colbert King, Courtland Malloy and Robert McCartney. If bloggers fill their functions for free, the Post will inevitably phase them out. In the labor movement, we have a term for workers who undercut other workers and threaten their jobs: scabs. As a labor guy for sixteen years, I have no intention of blogoscabbing.”

Besides, Pagnucco doesn’t sound like he’s in it for the money. “I spend dozens of hours a week working on this blog for the joys of causing trouble, trading stories, unearthing new facts and slamming beers with the spies,” he says. “I suppose someday I may have to run ads…although everyone knows there is no real money in this. But if I am going to be asked to make money for the Grahams, why shouldn’t I get a cut? Do they think I’m so desperate for their approval that I would sign away my work to them for nothing? Furthermore, I don’t believe that a masthead over my name lends anything to my words. Content stands on its own merit in the blogosphere.”

Jobs Of The Day: Washington Post Express, Angie’s List, More

wpexpress-front.pngWe’re about to announce some good media job news to end your Friday right, but first, listings:
The Washington Post Express has an open position: an art director. (Washington, DC)
Angie’s List is seeking an associate editor. (Indianapolis, Indiana)
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences is hiring a writer. (Cambridge, MA)
ABC-CLIO wants an acquisitions editor. (Santa Barbara, CA)
BG+H is hiring an editor. (Chicago, IL)
Decima Ventures has an open position: an online marketing manager. (New York, NY)
Bloomsbury and Walker needs a part-time online marketing specialist. (New York, NY)
The Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks a communications specialist. (Los Alamos, NM)
Workman Publishing wants an assistant publicist. (New York, NY)
Force Marketing has an open position: a production artist/graphic designer. (Alpharetta, GA)
Interbrand has an open position: a senior creative writer. (New York, NY)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’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.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1148 jobs on our board.

An Israeli Group Interview

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Continuing on our theme of group interview recaps (if you’d like to share one anonymously, let us know), via JobMob, one woman’s account of a group interview for a marketing and communications (“marcom”) job in Israel:

“Show up at 8:30 am on Sunday morning” at [ABC] company for a half-day at an evaluation center, said Liat (not her real name, but isn’t there always a Liat in recruiting agencies?) “I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but you can’t prepare for this. Just try to cooperate as much as possible, be noticed, but not to stick out too much.”

Wonderful, how am I supposed to be conspicuous and inconspicuous simultaneously?

…So I showed up, dutifully, at 8:30 am, to find nine other women in the same predicament. It was a cold winter morning and we were told to fill out forms. Other than that, we were not offered coffee or the trip to the restroom.

…The first exercise was to compare ourselves to a means of transportation and explain why we chose that particular one.
…I was the last in the semi-circle and read from my notes…:
“I chose a ship because it can be used for many purposes, for example both for cargo and for tourism. The staff of a ship need to deal with many different countries, cultures, languages and regulations. This is similar to the work in marketing communications. You have some days where the sea is calm and you can deal with your day to day business. On other days, you have your storms where you need to handle crises. As I made aliyah many years ago, I have been able to adapt successfully to Israeli culture while still being able to handle cross-cultural communication.”

I thought this was a carefully crafted answer and metaphor and was proud of myself. Yael, pretending to show off her expertise in character analysis, sternly turned to me and said “a ship is a very slow-moving vehicle. Does this characterize yourself — slow?” She made a face and wrote a note on my application. Exercise 1. Strike 1.

The problem with group interviews is that they basically scream, “We, the employer, value our time more than yours” when the hiring process should be a back-and-forth.

The problem with this group interview is that the interviewers seem like they’re actively trying to undercut the interviewees.

She didn’t get the job.

photo: HikingArtist.com

More Than One Million Could Lose Jobless Benefits

Congress is unlikely to extend jobless benefits past 99 weeks though up to 1 million people could need them, Bloomberg reports.

“You can’t go on forever,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, of Montana, whose panel oversees the benefits program, told Bloomberg. “I think 99 weeks is sufficient,” he said.

Yet nearly half (44 percent) of out of work Americans have been jobless for at least six months, which is the highest percentage since the government began tracking in 1948. And 3.4 million Americans, or the population of Connecticut, have been out of work for a year or more.

In New York, 57,000 people have already run out of unemployment benefits.

Nationwide, 400,000 people could drop off the rolls each month, starting soon.

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Raises Aren’t Yet On Their Way Back

The average employed American got a 1.5 percent raise last year, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is smaller than the average raise last year of 2.2 percent.

At the same time (March 2009-March 2010), benefit costs increased 2.2 percent, higher than the 2.0 percent increase last year.

Does this mean that companies are offering their employees more and better benefits, or does it mean that benefit costs are simply rising with no regard to quality or quantity?

True fact: Though companies bemoan rising health care costs as something that will destroy a business, benefit costs still only account for 30 percent of total compensation costs. Wages make up the other 70 percent.

So stop whining.

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DOL Clarifies Unpaid Intern Rules–Unpaid Internships Are Basically Over Now

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The Department of Labor issued a fact sheet earlier this month to help clarify what unpaid internships are acceptable.

What with all the fuss about unpaid interns lately, we thought we’d take a look at it.

The DOL writes: “There are some circumstances under which individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs may do so without compensation.” The department will be looking at six criteria:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. Just receiving college credit isn’t enough, the DOL elaborates: the college or university must be “exercising oversight” over the internship program. Too, the intern should be learning skills, not just doing work. “On the other hand,” the DOL says, “if the interns are engaged in the operations of the employer or are performing productive work (for example, filing, performing other clerical work, or assisting customers), then the fact that they may be receiving some benefits in the form of a new skill or improved work habits will not exclude them from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements because the employer benefits from the interns’ work.”
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. Every employer says this, and often it’s true (though it could be at the benefit of the employer at the same time, ha).
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. “If the employer would have hired additional employees or required existing staff to work additional hours had the interns not performed the work, then the interns will be viewed as employees,” says the regs.
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded. This rule is probably what will kill unpaid internships, at least in media. There are plenty of paid internships where the intern “impedes” the employer’s operations. We have all probably been impediments at one point. But no media internship we’ve ever heard of operates like this. The DOL is describing much more of a supervised “job-shadow” program rather than an internship.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. Can’t use unpaid internships as tryouts.
  6. And, the employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. Easy one.

What do you think? Our interpretation of these regs says that unpaid media internships are basically not going to exist if companies take these regulations seriously. The thing is, these regulations have existed for years, but thanks to the NY Times article, they’re finally being paid attention to. That’s journalism at work!

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Jobs Of The Day: Parenting, Portfolio (Not That One)

Parenting magazine is hiring a marketing manager. (New York, NY)
The Kileen Daily Herald needs a metro editor. (Kileen, TX)
Portfolio Media (not that Portfolio) wants a reporter. (New York, NY)
Gale/Cengage has an open position: a business analyst. (Chicago, IL)
Bauer Publishing has an open position: a publicist. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
The National Writing Project is looking for a director of strategic communications. (Berkeley, California)
E! Online is looking for a senior news writer. (New York, NY)
The KIPP Foundation is hiring an online marketing manager. (San Francisco, CA)
Rollingstone.com is looking for a photography intern. (New York, NY)
Tire Rack is hiring a social media copywriter. (South Bend, IN)
American Express Publishing has an open position: an associate marketing manager. (New York, NY)
Ingersoll Rand is looking for a manager of internal communications. (Davidson, NC)
Greenfield Belser wants a web and print designer. (Washington, DC)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’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.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1146 jobs on our board.

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