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Cheezburger Network Can Has Know Your Meme

The Cheezburger Network has acquired Know Your Meme, the popular web series and meme database, from Rocketboom, reports TubeFilter.

The Cheezburger Network reportedly paid in the “low seven figures” for the site and three employees have already transitioned over to Cheezburger.

Rocketboom and Know Your Meme employees (of whom there are not many; it takes just two full-time and two-part time employees to run Know Your Meme) were rewarded by Know Your Meme founder Andrew Baron with “thousands to tens of thousands of dollars as bonuses,” Baron wrote.

This deal will ensure that the Internet never runs out of cat pictures.

Are You Making These Resume Mistakes?

If you’re relying on advice that suggests using an Objective statement at the top of your resume, it might be time to take a hard look at whatever source told you that—and chucking it out the window, says Allison Green at US News & World Report.

Other resume mistakes: including everything you’ve ever done, for one. Not only does this make your resume way too long, but if you have tons of unrelated work and part-time jobs you took to pick up extra cash, it makes you look less focused. “You get to decide what you do and don’t include,” Green says (though of course this doesn’t extend to making things up).

Another mistake to avoid: leaving off highly relevant volunteer work because “it didn’t count.” Wrong-o! If “volunteer” or “unpaid work” makes you uneasy, list it as “pro bono consulting.”

We hadn’t heard this one before, but it’s common sense: being subjective. Don’t write “great leadership skills” or “creative innovator” because “hiring managers generally ignore anything subjective that an applicant writes about herself.”

Meanwhile, if you’ve avoided all those mistakes, here are a few mistakes to avoid once you get to the interview. Standard stuff: be on time, don’t be rude to anyone, and don’t forget to ask questions…but good refreshers nonetheless.

Intern Season


For journos, summer internship season has come and gone (most news orgs have lined up their 2011 interns already) but in many other media industries, hiring’s just beginning. (Anyone want to explain to us why it takes a newspaper 6-7 months to make a 3-month hire, we’re all ears.) So this mediabistro video featuring Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, is pretty timely. Check it out above, then check out the rest of the career how-to videos here. You can get a two-week free trial of all 500+ how-to videos, or watch the career how-to videos at Starbucks on your laptop.

Attention, Shoppers: QVC Seeks New On-Air Host

Ready for your close-up? QVC has launched its search for a new full-time program host (or two, or three) to join its on-air team in Westchester, Penn.

Talented and experienced candidates should have a sophisticated sense of style, and exude energy, intelligence and enthusiasm. You should be able to drive sales with your friendly and credible nature, and ultimately entertain your audience throughout your show.

To be considered, you’ll need a background in hosting television programs, Internet broadcasts, radio shows or live events. You should be passionate about sales, and be able to think quickly during unpredictable circumstances. QVC is looking for both men and women for the gig, but you will need to already live in or be willing to relocate to Westchester for the opportunity. If you’re prepared to take center stage, apply here.

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

Katie Couric Might Get ’60 Minutes’ Slot

Katie Couric has been offered a spot on 60 Minutes as part of a package that also includes her hosting a daytime talk show for CBS, the New York Post reports.

According to the Post’s Michael Shain, Couric was supposed to start contributing to the weekly TV magazine back in 2006, when her contract called for her to contribute at least six times a year. That didn’t happen, because “the show’s notoriously prickly producers failed to give her any assignments.”

Giving her the spot on 60 Minutes could “go a long way toward soothing bruised feelings” and could tempt Couric to stay with CBS to do the talk show.

Cap Hill: Journalism’s Growth Market | Right Time, Right Situation | More Weekend’s News

The Capitol Hill bureau of the past may be gone, but that hasn’t sated the need for news coming from the government…..being in the right place at the right time…..Vivian Schiller will stay in journalism…and more….

Jobs Of The Day: Quirky Enough For Ya?


Quirky seeks a community ambassador. (New York, NY)
Likeable Media is hiring a social media marketing intern. (New York, NY)
UrbanDaddy is seeking a photo researcher. (New York, NY)
Hagadone Corp wants an entry-level reporter. (Kellogg, ID)
AllFacebook wants a journalist blogger. (Anywhere)
CIT Group needs a media relations specialist. (Livingston, NJ)
Patch.com needs a senior web designer. (New York, NY)
AIR Worldwide has an open position: a PR specialist. (Boston, MA)
Interbrand is looking for a freelance designer. (Cincinnati, OH)
Positive Promotions is looking for a senior marketing manager. (Hauppauge, NY)
DailyCandy has an open position: a director of online merchandising. (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 1615 jobs on our board.

CMOs Have Social Budgets, No Social Experience

[22.365] sphere-itize me, captainDespite billions of dollars in social media marketing spending, most head marketers have little social experience of their own, SeekOmega has found.

Out of 143 Chief Marketing Officers and Chief Communication Officers in companies in the Fortune 100, only 15 have Twitter accounts. Twenty one had absolutely no social presence.

“If the Fortune 100 are any indication, the investment in Social is being led by a group of people that have remarkably little personal experience in Social Media and Social Networks,” says SeekOmega.

However, a few companies, SeekOmega notes, really get it.

The blog awarded platinum honors to Phillip Schiller, SVP of worldwide product marketing at Apple; Nikesh Arora, SVP and chief business officer at Google; Beth Comstock, CMO at GE; Bill Wohl, CCO at HP; and Marc Pritchard, global marketing officer and brand building officer of Procter & Gamble.

Dell, Best Buy, Disney, and more took Gold honors, while Cisco, Safeway, and Verizon’s CMOs were among the silver winners.

Really, though, SeekOmega has an excellent point. Shouldn’t the person in charge of social media marketing spending understand a little bit about how to spend that money?

What Is Going On At The Daily?

Yet another reporter is leaving Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, just two months after the iPad newspaper’s launch, reports WWD.

The latest departure, culture reporter Molly Young, told WWD that working at The Daily was “the best time I ever had at a job, and also probably the best time I ever had in Midtown,” yet her next steps are….freelancing for New York magazine. Without a contract lined up.

Even this amateur gumshoe thinks something smells funny about that.

Young is also the third staffer out of culture editor Sasha Frere-Jones‘ original four hires to leave within the month.

Channel Insider Makes New Hires

Ziff Davis Enterprise’s Channel Insider, a website for IT solutions providers, has beefed up its staff, minonline reports.

They are:

  • Elliot Markowitz, who spent a decade at the competition, Everything Channel’s print publication CRN. He will serve as SVP, director of content.
  • Teresa Varela, new senior sales director, East coast, who also hails from Everything Channel.
  • Mike Uliss was reassigned from elsewhere within Ziff Davis and will manage West coast sales.
  • Nancy Oehrlein has been promoted to director of client services.

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