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Archives: November 2010

Women’s Wear Daily Seeks Night Owl for Its Online Editor Gig

If “morning person” has never been in your vocabulary, Women’s Wear Daily has the perfect job for you. The trade mag is looking for a full-time, freelance online editor to cover the night shift at WWD.com.

This position is largely a Web producer gig, but you must have a foundation of great copyediting and editorial skills to truly excel. If hired, you’ll write and edit headlines to SEO standards, while updating touts on the homepage and all landing pages. You’ll be the one pressing send on email news blasts, and the go-to person for breaking news in the nighttime hours.

The ideal candidate will have online editing experience, and a working understanding of the fashion industry. If Chanel gets your heart racing, even better. The hours are from Monday to Thursday from 7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m, and Sunday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. If that schedule sounds right for you, apply here.

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‘We are looking for writers that can get us Latest Headlines’

Today’s WTF ad from Craigslist comes from Minneapolis/St. Paul and reads like an SEO keyword-stuffing exercise:

We are looking for writers that can get us Latest Headlines in Minneapolis/St Paul for our online magazine.
If you are great with getting the last gossip/headlines/ sports/ things that are going to happen or is happening in the Minneapolis/ st paul? this job is for you.
Are you looking to work from home?
We are looking for great stories about the Twin Cities.
What’s going on in the twin cities
We are looking for great articles about the twin cities
Successful applicant must be an experienced writer with journalism/corporate writing background who is able to work on short deadlines for an online, employee-focused publication.

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Another Day, Another Tale Of Unpaid Freelancers

At least six contributors to HispanoSano.com may sue parent company Sana Health Group for $15,935 of unpaid work.

Romenesko has the announcement.

The six journalists, Carlos Martínez, Lauren Villagran, Anabelle Garay, Lolbé Corona, Amber Bauer, and Raquel Ruiz said in the statement that the $16,000 represents 19 articles, which are still displayed on the site, as well as months of editorial work.

The founder and co-owner, who contracted each freelancer, has “continuously failed to make good on promises to deliver payment. Collectively, the editor and writers wish to alert the public of the debt owed.”

Ms. Adams did not respond immediately to a request for comment but when we hear from her we will update this post.

BoingBoing: A Tale Of Four People Who Do Whatever They Want

If you’re Mark Frauenfelder, Cory Doctorow, Xeni Jardin, or David Pescovitz, you can do what you love.

Everyone else: they’re not hiring, sorry.

Still, the success story of Boingboing.net, aka the “directory of wonderful things”, profiled in Fast Company, is worth a read.

The site started in 1999, and since then it’s stayed true to its roots: “The principals post whatever they want, whenever they feel like it. They don’t bother to copyedit in advance, let alone vet or discuss one another’s contributions. Material from outsiders tends to flow onto the site through whichever Boing Boinger liked the idea.”

In short: they’re creating a blog they would want to read. And it works. Boing Boing is making money—2010 revenue may hit a new record—and the blog has brought on new contributors.

Yes, you can do what you love. That is, if what you love is steampunk, unicorns, anti-DRM, and weird bugs.

Social Media’s Moving At Light Speed

Okay, y’all, your blogger is officially Too Old.
MarketingCharts recently released a list of the top ten most popular social networking websites in the US for September. Topping the list: Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, and Twitter.
But then trailing behind: Tagged, MyYearbook, and Mocospace?

These three newcomers all beat out LinkedIn, not to mention Mahalo, Bebo, Orkut, or Friendster (hahaha).

As Deirdre Breakenridge writes in ComPRehension, “It feels like every time we blink, there’s an announcement about a new platform, advanced technology, changing consumer behavior, new and exciting applications for our smartphones, better functionality in Enterprise 2.0, and the list goes on. We’re seeing change each and every day.”

You kids these days! Pick a platform and stay with it for more than a month. But until the industry can make that unrealistic goal happen, media continues to adapt. What’s the flavor of the month now?

Guild Gets Involved With AP Internship Program

The News Media Guild, which represents employees of the Associated Press, has asked the AP to provide more information about the company’s internship program, which seems for all the world to be highly threatened, like possibly panda bear or white tiger levels of threatened.

The Guild asked the company for a list of employees who had gotten their start as interns (by all anecdotal accounts, there are a lot) and asked how much AP would save by eliminating the program.

“the Guild wants to bring participants to the table to talk about how it helped them,” said Martha Waggoner, bargaining committee chair.

The NMG and AP have been negotiating a new contract since October. The current contract expires today.

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Jobs of the Day: Men’s Health Tablets & More

No, we’re not suggesting you sell pills over the internet, though that’s a possible alternate reading for the three-word phrase “men’s health tablets” (we’re not spam, we swear). But Men’s Health, a Rodale publication, is hiring a new projects editor to oversee all the new products the mag is working on. That includes pushing content to the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and ebook readers. They want a minimum of 5 years digital media experience with a major brand, so if you fit the bill, head over and apply.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art wants a director of PR. (Bentonville, AR)
MTV Networks / Nickelodeon wants a director of integrated marketing and new business. (New York, NY)
Hnedak Bobo Group has an open position: a graphic designer. (Memphis TN)
Advanstar has an open position: a freelance web editor & community manager. (New York, NY)
PETA is looking for a social media manager. (Los Angeles, CA)
The Oregon Daily Emerald is looking for a publisher. (Eugene, OR)
The San Antonio Express-News has an open position: a community news reporter. (San Antonio, TX)
The Lincoln Center wants a senior director of marketing. (New York, NY)
The Loomis Group seeks a PR director with crisis communications experience. (Boston MA)
Food Network Magazine (Hearst) needs an art assistant. (New York, NY)
Macmillan seeks an email marketing specialist. (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 1143 jobs on our board.

Will New Management Turn Around These Magazine Companies?

Next year will be the first year since the ’90s that the four largest magazine companies in the U.S. will have new leaders.

Time Inc. hired Jack Griffin; Conde Nast promoted Robert A. Sauerberg. Meredith promoted Tom Harty, and Hearst hired David Carey.

This makes 2011 a year to watch, says the NYT’s Jeremy Peters.

In the mid-1990s, a similar revolution took place, but it was spread out over two years, Peters writes. But then, “the new cadre of executives at the time would steer their companies through periods of expansion and prosperity through the rest of the decade and beyond, an era when successful publications like O: The Oprah Magazine, Teen Vogue and Real Simple were born…Whether the rebound from the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009 will prove as robust is an unsettled — and, to many, an unsettling — question.”

One change coming up: higher cover prices. Both Time Inc.’s Griffin and Conde’s Sauerberg copped to the notion they were planning to up prices. We spent a tremendous amount of money creating original content, original journalism, fact-checking, sending reporters overseas to cover wars,” Griffin told Peters. “You name it. What we’ve got to do as a business is get fair value for that.”

Enter Another Robo-Reporter

hobartWe’ve written about robo-sports-reporting program StatsMonkey before, but now another robotic sports article generator has launched: StatSheet launched earlier this month and is covering 345 college basketball teams with no human intervention.

Next year, StatSheet will be handling every major sport, founder Robbie Allen told Poynter.

Allen believes that automating routine sports stories by pulling statistics from a database will free up reporters to do more interesting things. And that while his pieces read a bit robotically, they’re no worse than what the humans are already doing. “Someone sent me an article written by a well-known sports columnist, and our algorithm could have generated that,” he said.

Here’s a recent story previewing the Duke game against Oregon. It’s incomprehensible to us, but we’re not basketball fans.

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