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Archives: February 2011

Jobs Of The Day: Where Mice Are More Than That Thing Attached To Your Computer


Put on your mouse ears and get ready to sing because Disney Publishing Worldwide has an open position: a production manager. Based in White Plains, NY, you’ll be responsible for the production of whatever titles The Big Cheese assigns (sorry, couldn’t resist). Not everything you’ll work on will have Mickey’s face on it: the company develops “both Disney and non-Disney branded” content including books, magazines, and comic books, and is the largest publisher of children’s books in the world.

If the thought of one more mouse pun makes you want to scream, check out one of these ten other jobs:

Geisinger Health System wants a PR specialist, special projects. (Danville, PA)
WABC-TV is seeking a web producer. (New York, NY)
Hughes Agency is seeking an account executive/assistant media buyer. (Greenville, SC)
ThatsFit.com wants a freelance senior associate editor of diet and fitness (whew!). (New York, NY)
OpticsPlanet needs an online marketing specialist. (Northbrook, IL)
Federated Media Publishing seeks a project manager. (New York, NY)
WRNN-TV has an open position: a web designer. (Rye Brook, NY)
The Houston Grand Opera has an open position: a publications director. (Houston, TX)
The Princeton University Press is seeking an advertising assistant. (Princeton, NJ)
Salt Lake magazine is seeking a web editor. (Salt Lake City, UT)

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 1386 jobs on our board.

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State Of The Media Jobs World, February 2011: Same Old, Same Old

We’ve run the numbers on four media job boards again and…don’t have much to report for February.

Mediabistro.com’s board and Journalismjobs.com both finished the month ever-so-slightly lower than when they started, but both are tracking far above 2010 levels.

Meanwhile, the uber-big PRSA board (averaging 2200 jobs on a given day) and the niche bookjobs.com (averaging 115 jobs on any given day) finished the month at basically where they started. Does this mean we’re at a lull in the recovery? Have media jobs peaked? We’ll continue to track these numbers and keep you informed.

Here’s the chart for mediabistro (click to enlarge):

Behind the jump, three more indicators of the health of the media job market.
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Creative Resume Alert: Infographics Creator

A journalism student who wants to do infographics made his whole resume into an infographic.

Check it out on J-School Buzz here…here’s a sneak preview.



Our critique: all that blue is a bit overwhelming. We get the desire for a consistent color scheme, but it’s all a bit much, especially when (later down in the resume) you need to continually refer back to the legend to distinguish between the different shades.

His full resume also contains, y’know…words. Not just pretty pictures, which we applaud.

According to J-School Buzz, the resume worked (at least after it went viral): he’s received numerous job offers, including some from unnamed print and online news organizations.

Sex-Discrimination At Publicis? Lawsuit Alleges Yes

Last week, a former female executive of Publicis Groupe’s PR unit filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company, reports PRDaily.

Monique da Silva Moore, a former global health-care director for PR firm MSLGroup, is asking for $100 million in back pay and damages, alleging that Publicis does not pay its female employees equal to men and does not promote them at the same rate as men.

The suit noted that while women make up 70 percent of Publicis’s employees worldwide, that doesn’t translate into breaking the glass ceiling.

“While Publicis funnels women into entry level rank-and-file positions at a disproportionate rate, these female PR employees rarely break through the glass ceiling at any agency in the conglomerate. Men dominate the senior management ranks throughout Publicis worldwide.”

A spokesperson at MSLGroup told PRDaily that “We generally do not comment on pending litigation, but we can say that the fact that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismissed Ms. da Silva’s charge reflects the lack of merit to her claims.”

Ms. da Silva Moore’s lawyer responded that yes, the EEOC did not issue a finding concerning this suit, but “the EEOC’s investigation has no bearing on the litigation.”

Would You Apply For This Job?

So you’re into marketing and saving the world? GlobalGiving wants you; the company’s hiring an “unmarketing” manager.

It’s a pretty unconventional job ad: in the first paragraph, it namechecks Seth Godin and wonders if the perfect job candidate should be the type of person who screams loudly in crowded areas.

Also, it’s just written better than the average job ad:

Benefits include flexible work hours, a family-friendly culture, your choice of Mac or PC, a convenient downtown DC location, telecommuting options, and a meaningful job where you can go home at night and say, “Today, my work helped rescue 97 girls from bonded labor in Nepal.” (One of many true stories.) And don’t worry – we’ve also got the usual benefits like health care, dental/vision, commuter benefits, 401K, and paid vacation.

The ad then asks jobseekers to “Take this job for a test spin for an hour or two. Try out a couple of the tasks that you’ll be leading (see above) and email us your results. Alternatively, take the time to show us that you really understand unmarketing and unmarket yourself to us. This should be fun and exciting, because if it’s not, then do you really want to spend 40+ hours a week doing this?….If you follow these directions and show us your passion, we promise that your email, resume, and anything else you send will be reviewed by a real person with the same thoughtfulness that you put into applying.”

So after reading all that (and the ad itself does go on for a while)…would you apply?

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WIRED Seeks Senior Event Producer Who Knows How to Party

Party people, listen up! WIRED is on the hunt for a senior event producer to organize and execute its signature, advertiser and internal events from its New York office.

In this role, you’ll plan and produce one or more signature WIRED events and several advertiser events, developing sponsorship opportunities along with the marketing and sales departments. You’ll manage internal and external teams, while brainstorming events for new programs, and be expected to manage budgets in the $1 million range, while collaborating with the PR team to create a draw for your events.

To be considered, you’ll need at least eight years of experience in upscale, celebrity or business event planning, preferably with a retail or technology theme. You should have great relationships with vendors in major markets, and have a superior eye for detail. A passion for quality and hospitality is another must-have. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

The Business Of Health Journalism

There aren’t too many science journalists left these days, and that means that if you consider yourself a “health journalist” your job has changed a lot in the past few years.

Angilee Shah, community manager at ReportingOnHealth.org, delves into what that means with an interview with Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst with Poynter.

Foremost: pure science coverage is vanishing, being replaced with consumer health stories–self-help, fitness, and the like.

And second, yeah, most health journalism isn’t being produced by journalism institutions anymore.

“If you take it from the perspectives of hospitals or university departments, their sense is that they can’t count on a lot of coverage from newspapers. Local television, the networks and cable stations are cutting back. It’s a kind of do-it-yourself thing. They’re producing a lot of the news about health themselves. So that, I think, is a pretty good area of opportunity, though that may or may not be what a person who likes health journalism is aiming for,” Edmonds told Shah. “If you compare it [working in communications] to the traditional career path, the work is somewhat less valued when you show your clips to a mainstream [journalism] employer. But I don’t think it’s disqualifying. I go back long enough that we used to talk about anything in corporate communications as going over to the dark side, but I think that’s kind of shifted these days.”

Nat Geo E-Publishing Editor Poached By Washington Post

The Washington Post is getting a new face: National Geographic’s executive editor of e-publishing David Griffin.

Griffin joins the Post to fill a newly-created position: Visuals Editor.

He starts March 21, the NPPA reports.

“We’ve been working on this for some time,” Post assistant managing editor Michel du Cille said. “We’ve wanted to have one editor who is in charge of all the visuals, the paper, the Web site, multimedia, a big editor with a big vision to run things visually overall, someone who will bring continuity and power to visuals and will be able to make the big sweeping decisions.”

Griffin told NPPA’s News Photographer magazine: “”I’m very excited about the fact that the Post offered me this incredible opportunity to lead such an amazing team. I was blown away that I was selected.”

Griffin’s role will be to unify the visuals of all of the Washington Post platforms, whether they be web, print, or mobile.

Bringing Griffin to the Post, News Photographer said, took “several months” of recruiting from du Cille and others.

Where Are The Women Writers?

After Vida published “The Count 2010,” detailing the dearth of women bylines in major magazines, Forward.com’s Elissa Strauss decided to tackle the problem at the source.

She wrote to the (editors of The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, and The Atlantic; she received responses from all but the Atlantic.

The responses varied from short (The New Yorker’s David Remnick, who wrote two sentences, the latter being “It’s certainly been a concern for a long time among the editors here, but we’ve got to do better — it’s as simple and as stark as that.”) to defensive (NY Review of Books’ Robert Silvers, who sent two paragraphs listing names of women the magazine has published).

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