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Archives: March 2011

More Furloughs Coming For Some Gannett Employees

Top executives and “others in higher paid positions” at Gannett will be asked to take a furlough in the second quarter of 2011, reports Gannett Blog. The news was confirmed by a memo sent by Nashville Tennessean Publisher Carol Hudler, who is also president of Gannett’s South Group of newspapers.

The top executives might not mind so much: many got big raises last year, including Chairman and CEO Craig Dubow, whose pay doubled to $9.4 million.

Gannett Blog’s Jim Hopkins says that Gannett has a precedent for setting furloughs based on income. In 2009, employees making more than $90,000 were told to take two weeks off while everyone else got one. This had the unintended (and to our eyes hilarious) side effect of some people learning that their coworkers made significantly more money for the same jobs.

The furloughs are likely needed. Last week, COO Gracia Martore said that the company’s publishing revenue would be down another 6 to 7 percent in Q1.

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Captured Then Freed NYT Journo Plans To Stay In The Business

Lynsey Addario spent seven days in captivity in Libya, and her story, along with three other New York Times journalists, was published in a March 22 NYT piece.

Reading through the comments on that article, though, Addario says she noticed a pattern.

“Some comments said: ‘How dare a woman go to a war zone?’ and ‘How could The New York Times let a woman go to the war zone?’

“To me, that’s grossly offensive. This is my life, and I make my own decisions. If a woman wants to be a war photographer, she should.”

Yes, it’s different being a woman on the front lines: she might not be able to jump across a 3-foot-wide canal and she admits she’s not as strong as her male colleagues, despite daily exercise (“Because if you do a lot of military embeds, people are not going to wait for you”). And she was groped a dozen times in Libya. “I do find that a woman who is alone is more prone to being mistreated than a woman who is with a man,” she says.

But she can enter private Muslim homes and spend time with even the most conservative Muslim families. That’s something men can’t do.

And despite the physical and emotional toll, she plans to stay in the business. “I will cover another war. I’m sure I will. It’s what I do. It’s important to show people what’s happening,” she writes.

Brava Lynsey.

Oakland Press Seeks Community Bloggers To Replace Freelancers?

The Oakland Press in Oakland County, Michigan needs a new business model, editor Glenn Gilbert says.

The Press, part of the Journal Register company (that just hired Jim Brady), no longer has enough space in the print edition to print all the pieces it had been commissioning from freelancers, Gilbert told MJD yesterday. So the company is launching a community blogging initiative where writers will cover local news like planning commission and school board meetings for more or less free (though the bloggers will be able to sell ads on their blogs and may receive traffic incentives). The best stuff will be reverse-published in the paper for $25, plus an additional $15 if the blog included a print-worthy photo.

And yes, this means the Press will use fewer “regular” freelancers. “We’re trying to get away from [using them],” Gilbert said.

This has upset some of the freelancers, one of whom tipped us off and called the scheme “a new low for the faltering newspaper industry.”

It should be noted that Press freelancers were being paid $50 per story and $25 per photo, hardly a princely sum even outside Detroit. However, when you take into account the fact that now a story is not guaranteed to earn any money, it’s easy to see why people are upset.

The paper is pretty much in the spaghetti-throwing phase right now, Gilbert said. “We’re kind of inventing this…I don’t know what we’re gonna get.” He said he didn’t want the paper’s current freelancers to feel obligated to become bloggers: “I don’t want to insult a freelancer and ask them to take a pay cut, and I don’t want them to feel I expect them to do this.” But it is true that he hopes the bloggers who join the program will cover the same sorts of stories the freelancers did.

The paper is offering free training to any interested bloggers and will help the would-be scribes set up ads. “For this model to work there has to be a revenue stream for the blogger,” Gilbert said. “I think there needs to be a ad revenue stream.”

After Five Years, Joe Grimm Bids Adieu To Poynter

Joe Grimm, he of Ask The Recruiter, the man who has dispensed endless advice to journalists seeking new careers, is leaving Poynter, he announced today.

The column is almost five years old, but before that it was an independent Q&A blog started in 2003.

He will still be hosting weekly career chats at Poynter, but the regular column will continue no more.

Grimm wrote:

It has been a privilege to be in this place and I am grateful to be here. The affiliation with Poynter has been great, my editors at Poynter Online are smart and patient and have challenged me continuously to improve Ask the Recruiter.

The greatest privilege has been to hear from so many other journalists who have questions about their careers. To be trusted with such important matters and decisions is an indescribable honor. I always felt that the best parts of anything posted here were the parts written by you. Thank you for trusting me and for teaching me so much of what I know about what goes on in all kinds of newsrooms and situations.

Need more Grimm fix? He’s writing a weekly column, Joe On Jobs, for MSU’s School of Journalism, and will be updating at least weekly.

Jobless Claims Trickle Down, For Real This Time

Okay, last week was a fakeout. After saying that jobless claims had hit 382,000 for the week of March 14-18, the Labor Department is now saying that the number of new claims by unemployed people fell 6,000 last week to 388,000.

How can that happen? Well, the first numbers reported are always “preliminary” and are refined as time goes on. So the Labor Department made a bad estimate.

The four-week moving average also rose thanks to the revisions: now an average of 394,250 people were filing unemployment claims in each of the past four weeks. This number is good but nowhere near as good as what we thought it was last week: 385,250, which would have been the lowest level in three years.

Yet analysts expect the government’s employment report tomorrow to show that the economy added 200,000 private-sector jobs, so this fakeout might be over.

Sounds Like A Sneeze | AP Names New Financial Markets Editor | More Yesterday’s News

The Catholic Standard And Times in Philadelphia once reached 100,000 households, now it has a circulation of just 31,000, so it will be printed just twelve times a year, its editor said. But don’t worry! The archdiosese is launching a monthly glossy magazine that will be delivered for free on top of (or instead of) the $15/year newspaper subscription. Its name? A portmanteau of “faith” and “Philadelphia” of course…….Phaith. We are not making that up.

Jobs of the Day: Get Appy With This 3+ Month Forbes Project

Forbes needs a freelance web app developer for a project that will run at least 3 months. You’ll be working with designers to “bring wireframes to life.” Fun! (New York, NY)

In addition….

Penguin Group’s Riverhead and Tarcher imprints seeks an advertising adn promotions manager. (New York, NY)
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia seeks an assistant production manager. (New York, NY)
The Santa Fe Reporter has an open position: an editor. (Santa Fe, NM)
NAEYC is hiring a freelance website editor. (Washington, DC)
Alliance Data needs a senior manager of digital solutions. (Columbus, OH) is hiring a writer. (Brooklyn, NY)
Heinz North America seeks a social media manager. (Pittsburgh, PA) seeks a news editor. (New York, NY)
DBD Advertising needs a art director. (Nashville, TN)
The Sundance Institute is looking for a manager of media relations. (Beverly Hills, CA)

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.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1612 jobs on our board.

Ah, The Life Of A Freelancer

Soon-to-be fulltime freelance writer Ed Yong explains his writing process on a post on his Not Exactly Rocket Science blog on Discover.

Here’s a teaser…it plots enjoyment of various parts of the freelance process against time. Seems pretty accurate.

If These Ads Are Anything To Go By, The Media Job Market Is Back

TMNT 108It seems like in the past few weeks we’ve gone from seeing very creative resumes and cover letters to seeing creative job ads.

That makes us think, if hiring managers need to be creative to get jobseekers’ attention, maybe it’s no longer a buyer’s market.

Here’s the latest example of a funny job ad— this one comes from online art community DeviantArt, which is seeking a marketing assistant. We’ve excerpted the best parts after the jump….don’t worry, the ninja turtle will make sense soon.

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ADP: U.S. Added Another 200,000 Jobs In March

Private employment increased by 201,000 in March, the latest Employment Report from ADP shows.

This increase “removes any remaining doubt that private nonfarm payroll employment accelerated heading into 2011,” the report said. The biggest area of growth was in businesses with 50 or fewer employees, which hired a total of 102,000 people this month.

The following graph (which desperately needs a redesign, guys–come on, ADP) shows the growth of jobs in small, medium and large businesses over the past ten years: