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Archives: October 2010

Jobs Of The Day!

Have a great weekend and good luck with one of these jobs pulled from all over the web!

The American Marketing Association needs a managing editor. (Chicago IL)
The American Psychiatric Association is seeking a communications specialist. (Arlington VA)
Future US Inc has an open position: an editorial director. (San Francisco, CA)
NavigationArts is looking for a senior art director. (McLean, VA)
The New York Times Company is seeking a marketing manager. (New York NY)
Bloom Avenue needs a manager of social media. (New York NY)
SmartMoney.com has an open position: a consumer blogger. (New York NY)
DePaul University wants a senior writer. (Chicago IL )
Its Relevant LLC has an open position: a freelance news assistant. (Stamford CT)
The Palm Beach Post seeks a sports copy editor. (West Palm Beach FL)
The National Council of La Raza wants a website manager. (Washington DC)
Zondervan needs an acquisitions editor. (Grand Rapids MI)

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 1387 jobs on our board.

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AOL Selling Part Of Its Dulles Campus

new aol logo blobAOL is selling off some of its “non-core assets” in the form of four unused office buildings and two undeveloped parcels of land on its Dulles, VA campus, reports SAI.

The deal is getting AOL $144.5 million.

Since AOL’s mega-cuts last year, the buildings haven’t been as utilized; the company said that the space had been laying empty since the beginning of this year.

TBD’s Brady: ‘There Is No Silver Bullet–It’s Just Shrapnel’

That’s the business model of the future for journalism: “there isn’t one stream that’s going to make us successful,” TBD general manager Jim Brady told ONA 2010 attendees this morning.

PBS Mediashift’s Craig Silverman attended the keynote and wrote up a nice summary. Representing TBD were Brady, editor Erik Wemple, social media producer Mandy Jenkins, and director of community engagement Steve Buttry.

Read the original piece to learn what Wemple thinks about failure and how many TweetDeck columns Jenkins uses.

The New Journalism Ecosystem: 60 Nonprofits, $80 Million Dollars. Now What?

The Investigative Reporting Workshop chose 60 nonprofit reporting outlets to study, in a report released today. These 60 are found in 21 states, employ 658 people, and have a combined budget of just under $80 million dollars.

Will these save journalism?

The reporting at places like Propublica, Texas Tribune, and Chicago Reporter is very good: 28, or just under half, have won awards for their work. Two-thirds of the 658 employees IRW studied had traditional journalism backgrounds.

Yet the money is still an issue:

At least eight nonprofits chronicled here and possibly more have annual operating budgets of less than $100,000, which means that several experienced journalists are working for little or no pay, volunteering their knowledge and time in the valiant, heroic attempt to create a new institution out of thin air.

…The overwhelming majority of these organizations were begun by newsroom editors and reporters who seldom wore suits or green eyeshades, folks long on guts but with little or no financial, entrepreneurial or management experience.

…Some of these new organizations won’t make it, some will, and some new organizations will emerge later. This is a fluid, highly competitive, stressful environment, dependent on the vagaries of fate, the national and local economies, the moxie, stamina and entrepreneurialism of the founders, the steadfastness or fickleness of funders, the public resonance of the actual journalism, to name just a few variables.

…A year ago, the Chi-Town Daily News in Chicago “ceased operations . . . due to a lack of funding.” In just the past two weeks, it has been announced that The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, launched in 2009, will begin a new partnership, its small staff to be relocated and absorbed into the Center for Public Integrity in January.

Interviewers That Suck

From the always-batty (no pun intended) folks at Pongo Resume, an instructional video about researching the company before going in to the interview. It’d strike us as a perfectly reasonably Halloweeny video, except…is that guy supposed to look like Robert Pattinson? Puke.

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Dirt From The #ONA10 Job Fair

We’re spying on the companies hiring at the Online News Association’s job fair and bringing the info back to you.

Here are updates from three media companies that are hiring right now:

The Washington Post: Always looking for producers, both Web and video. A recruiter told us that it’s still a challenge to find people with good news judgment and technical skills; people who know HTML and their CMS are tough to find. “You have that, as far as I’m concerned, you can write your own ticket,” she says. Sidenote: the Post’s CMS right now is a combination of a couple things but by the beginning of next year they’ll be transitioned to Eidos, we’re told.

Mashable: Just posted three new editorial positions. (Here and here and here.)
A recruiter says that the way to get in is to really understand the coverage area you’re being asked to cover and how it intersects with social media, which is the part many applicants struggle with. You can be the best business reporter in the world but if you can’t translate it to Mashable’s audience, forget it.

American Public Media: has a list of ten currently open positions ranging from producers to bureau chiefs to web developers or news interns. What does APM want? “Sometimes they’re so much more focused on the tech, saying ‘oh I have to learn to edit video,’ but they need to be…journalists. They need to know what’s going on in the world, to be curious, to be good writers.”

There you have it.

ONA10: Interviewing Tips From The Best

Today’s Day 1 of the Online News Association 2010 conference. We’re at a panel called Landing The Job: A Master Class. Here’s media recruiters giving out their one best piece of advice for handling an interview: (Hint: Don’t say “online is the future of journalism”!)

Chris Barr, senior editorial director at Yahoo!:
If you’re going to go out and represent who you are, it’s who you are. It’s your experience, your chops, your skills, but you have to be real. that’s going to come through in the interview. be who you say you are.

Christine Montgomery
, managing editor of PBS.org:
Do a whole bunch of research. People who walk in, I’ve talked to people, when I pull up our website they’re like, ‘huh, that’s interesting.’ Be prepared to ask as many questions as you can. I’m always surprised when people don’t have questions.

Tom Contiliano, deputy chief of staff at Bloomberg:
Be passionate about the job. I think you come across as authentic if you are passionate that you want the job, and if you don’t get it, you’ll be upset about it. You can tell when people, a mile away, who are applying because we’re hiring, and they haven’t given any thought to who Bloomberg is. I often get asked what industry we’re in. I would say 9/10 of applicants don’t know what industry we’re in. I think if you’re passionate about the job you do that research ahead of time.

Sherry Skalko of Patch.com:
Be true to yourself, because there is a lot to be drawn from the chase. You’re just, ‘oh, I want to get this job.’ Really look at what the job is and don’t get so hung up on selling yourself in a way that isn’t authentic because you want to impress somebody, because you’ll end up being miserable in the job. If somebody says, listen, here are the job requirements, are you up to doing this? Don’t say yes just because you think that’s what the recruiter wants to hear. You really need to let that sink in. A lot of people are like, ‘wow I got this new job!’ and then it’s like, ‘Crap, I got this job.’

Barr:: I always ask ‘Why Yahoo?’ You can’t believe the number of people where that [question] stops them.

Skalko: My favorite answer is, ‘because online is the future of journalism.’ I’m like, OK, that was 5 years ago.

Jobless Claims Fall

Jobless claims by the newly unemployed fell last week to 434,000, a 21,000 drop from last week’s revised figure of 455,000, and the second consecutive week of falling claims. The number of Americans filing continuing claims for the week of Oct. 16, the most recent week that data is available, fell by 122,000 to 4.3 million.

Despite the good news, stocks fell on the announcement.

Though this is the second straight week of falling claims and the fourth out of the past five weeks when claims have dropped, some analysts are predicting that unemployment will rise in October a tenth of a percentage point when the government releases its October employment numbers next Friday.

How Long Is Too Long?

How long is too long to stay at a company?

Once upon a time you could start somewhere and stay there your whole career, or hop maybe once or twice. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

Todd Defren is the owner of SHIFT Communications. He’s been at the same place since 1994. Recently, he writes, a millennial-era employee handed in her resignation with the words, “I’ve been here for almost three years, so, you know—that’s a REALLY long time.”

Really? Is there something wrong with staying longer than three years these days?

Defren thinks so: “If you can never fairly expect loyalty, you’ll stop aiming to achieve it…companies who “give up” on expecting even a modicum of employee loyalty will start to treat everyone as a short-term worker, like a seasonal farmhand or Christmastime retail clerk…This article is not intended to malign millennials. If crappy policies of the employer naturally led to poor loyalty by staff, we must acknowledge that this, in turn, has de-motivated employers to ever rethink their practices to engender the loyalty of staff. It’s a vicious cycle, now.”

Never did we consider that a lack of loyalty on an employee’s part would lead to a lack of loyalty on the employers’ part. It’s usually the other way around: “well, they woulda fired me at-will anyway, so I may as well take this new job.”

On the other hand, the move toward shorter stints and Millennial job-hunting seems inevitable whether companies promote these policies or not. The new worker is interested not just in making a company look good but in doing interesting work—if the work doesn’t stay interesting, s/he will move on.

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