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Archives: April 2011

‘Miami Social’ Star Michael Cohen is Hiring

Michael Cohen, one of the stars of Bravo’s short-lived series Miami Social, is looking to hire an addition to the editorial team of his website, AskMichaelCohen.com. As you’ve probably guessed, the gig is based in North Miami Beach, Fla..

In this role, you would be responsible for managing multiple stories from start to finish, including their copy and artwork. The fashion site focuses on “all things relevant, indulgent, stylish, and worth buzzing about,” so you should have your finger on the pulse of the industry.

With just three years of experience and familiarity with AP Style, you could be the right person for the job. Top-notch writing and editing skills are must-haves, and creative, self-motivated individuals are most wanted. If you have a passion for fashion, apply here.

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

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Jobs Of The Day: Custom Publishing, Designing, Producing, Coordinating

It’s gerund edition (apparently) here at MJD. We’ve got all sorts of open jobs for you on this Friday afternoon, so have at and good luck!
Greenspring Media Group, which publishes custom magazines (like the one shown here) for local and national clients, is seeking an editor. (Minneapolis, MN)
Penguin needs a designer. (New York, NY)
Girls’ Life magazine wants an intern. (Baltimore, MD)
The Madison County Record has an open position: a page designer. (Huntsville, AR)
Sounds True Inc seeks a production editor. (Louisville, CO)
The City of Orlando is hiring a social media coordinator. (Orlando, FL)
Mental_Floss has an open position: a consumer marketing director. (New York, NY)
Syngenta is looking for an internal communications specialist. (Minnetonka, MN)
Cambridge University Press has an open position: a psychology editor. (New York, NY)
Telepictures Productions is hiring a social media coordinator. (New York, NY)
Pace Communications has an open position: an assistant editor. (Dallas, TX)

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 1611jobs on our board.

Entry-Level Workers Have Unrealistic Expectations

Only 10 percent of applicants to entry-level marketing and advertising jobs fully understood what they were getting into, hiring managers say.

The shocking statistic comes from a survey by The Creative Group that said the majority of applicants had unrealistic expectations as far as salary and responsibilities.

Tempering this news is a new study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers that finds that the percentage of interns who become full-time hires at that company is at an all-time high since NACE began tracking in 2001. More than half (58 percent) of interns will ultimately end up with job offers from the company they interned for, the study found.

That’s not just because more employers are extending offers to interns, but because interns are more likely to take the job that’s offered. Yes, the bad job market is partially to blame, but some of this can also be attributed to the idea that a job at a company you already know is familiar and less, well, likely to generate unrealistic expectations.

Bewildering Job Ad Of The Day…Say Cheese!

Sometimes we call out great job ads on this blog and sometimes we make fun of the bad ones.

Today we have to point out, from (where else?) Craigslist, perhaps the most bewildering job ad we have seen:

This is it, in its entirety:

‘Nuff said, folks.

New Mars Cheese Castle opened today.

Two Hawaii Newspapers, Two Different Negotiations


The Maui News has reached a tentative agreement with its news, pressmen and typographical guilds that would rescind a layoff notice issued April 1 that would cut 10 jobs. In exchange, staff would delay a 2 percent raise and 1 percent retirement match for one year, til July 1, 2012.

According to the Media Workers Guild, the Maui News has reported “continued month-over-month declines in advertising revenue, and has said that the declines have outstripped the savings generated by the 10 percent pay cut that was approved by union members in 2009.”

Meanwhile, at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the company has offered five raises of 1%, 1.5%, 1.5%, 1.5% and 2% — or 7.5% over five years, but would reduce sick leave, paid holidays, and vacation. It would also increase the amount it pays for individual health insurance but cut the amount it pays for family plans.

“The bargaining committee has taken the company’s offer under advisement. No new bargaining dates have been scheduled, but we are hopeful that talks can resume in late May,” the guild said.

The Star-Advertiser’s owner recorded a record profit in 2010, though details about how much came from the Star-Advertiser itself are murky.

AOL News Will Fold Editorial Operations Completely, Says Source

Mediaite reports that while the site isn’t necessarily losing its branding under new boss Arianna Huffington, AOL News will now be managed by the Huffington Post.

All content will be produced and overseen by the Huffington Post team, a source told Mediaite.

Mediaite writer Colby Hall added: “The folding of the Aol News department and replacement by HuffPost will create an interesting dynamic between the more predominantly ‘red state’ Aol users who will now be directed to ‘blue state’ oriented Huffington Post content.”

AOL’s already lost between 120 and 200 editorial staffers so we’re unsure how much of a surprise this should come as.

The Daily Gets AOL Newser | WaPo’s Leiby Moves To Metro | More Media Moves And Yesterday’s News

A lot of media people have been moving around, so check out the list below (and notice the catty gossip item about Graydon Carter and Tina Brown that we poached from FishbowlNY)…

Variety For Sale? Publisher Says ‘NONSENSE’

News Corp’s The Daily says that Variety owner Reed Elsevier is looking to sell, and has talked to Jay Penske, who owns Deadline.

“He is working on a deal, and the numbers seem consistent based on online and print and profits,” an anonymous source told the Daily.

Variety Group president Neil Stiles: “Nonsense, and you can quote me.”

And Stiles again, to FOLIO this time: “I heard this rumor, too. Not sure how to respond politely so NONSENSE is the best I can come up with. Variety is categorically not for sale.”

Reed Elsevier put Variety on the block in 2008 as part of a package of 65 magazines. The package didn’t sell, so Reed split up the magazines and sold many of them piecemeal. Variety is just one of four magazines Reed held.

Need An Internship, But Out Of College? Some Good And Bad News

Do you need an internship in PR or journalism, but you graduated college–and all the listings you see are for unpaid, college credit positions?

UMass has you covered.

A program once offered to just recent UMass grads that allows them to purchase continuing education credits to satisfy an internship employer is now available to everyone, MediaJobsDaily has learned.

“All of a sudden we were getting calls from students graduating from other colleges,” UMass Amherst career center director Jeff Silver says. “Employers in New York like SiriusXM and Rachael Ray were saying, ‘why can’t [those students] do that program?’”

Essentially, a would-be intern just needs to contact UMass and purchase continuing education credits for $312. Those credits are “worthless to the student but employers love them,” says Silver. A current student at another school that doesn’t offer an internship program or requires prerequisites students don’t have can also partake in a similar program for a bit more money ($200 per credit, and usually 3 credits are required).

Think this is a terrible idea? Silver says it’s no worse than anything he’s seen in the journalism industry over 30 years in UMass’s career center. As ever, “the kids have to get their foot in the door,” he says. “If they just do campus radio and television, and then they try to get jobs…” He says if anything, the quality of internship has gotten better as competition (and the crazy things that people will do to get one, like paying a random school for “college credit” even if you graduated 5 years ago) has stayed the same. “They’re doing the entry level jobs of 10 years ago in a lot of industries. Not just doing the coffee. Staffs have been cut so lean. If they have a capable person they’re not going to say, ‘go get coffee.’”

The interns appear to love the program. Silver recalled a Hofstra student who had landed an internship, then went to discuss the details with his school’s internship director. The school said the student was missing prerequisites and couldn’t do an internship—despite the student having already gotten it.

He came to Silver and purchased three credits from UMass. Did he care whether those credits would transfer back to his home school? No. “I saw him a few weeks ago and asked, ‘have you transferred the credits?’ He said, ‘I don’t even care. I want a job.’” The student then went back for a second semester at the same employer…which of course, still hasn’t had to pay a thing for this student’s work.

Scammed Condé Nast Gets Its $8 Mil Back

The guy who scammed Condé Nast out of nearly $8 million has waived his claim to the money in federal court, presumably making it possible for the magazine company to get its cash back, reports Forbes.

As you may or may not recall, a guy named Andy Surface emailed Condé Nast’s Accounts Payable department with instructions to mail payments for printing to “Quad Graph” instead of Quad/Graphics, the printer Condé’s used for years.

As William P. Barrett says on his Forbes blog: “It appears no one at Condé Nast bothered to check, and immediately started wiring money to Texas.”

When the real printer called to ask why its invoices had been unpaid for two months, the magazine company discovered they’d been had.

It’s unclear whether Surface will face criminal charges, but we’re just happy Condé is getting its money back. That $8 million can pay a lot of salaries.

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