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Archives: July 2011

Jobs Of The Day: Make A Difference As Oxfam America’s Press Officer

Do you want a job where you feel like you’re truly making a difference? Oxfam America has the job for you: the international relief organization seeks a humanitarian press officer. Oxfam America is one of 15 affiliates in the international group Oxfam that works to solve hunger, poverty, and social injustice.

Crown Publishing Group has an open position: an editorial assistant. (New York, NY)
Little Brown for Young Readers has an open position: an art director. (New York, NY)
School of the Legends needs a director of advertising and sponsorship sales. (Brentwood, TN)
The New York Post is hiring a sports copy editor/designer. (New York, NY)
Manchester Newspapers is looking for a copy editor/page designer. (Granville, NY)
Guilford Publications has an open position: a journals production editor. (New York, NY)
Progressive Insurance is hiring a PR manager. (Mayfield Village, OH)
GreatSchools is seeking a freelance community moderator. (San Francisco, CA)
Numark International is hiring an internet marketing manager. (Cumberland, RI)
Meredith is seeking a beauty director. (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 1378 jobs on our board.

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Toledo Blade Employees Ratify New Contract, 9% Wage Cut Over 3 Years

After a long bargaining process that included protests and nearly a strike, the Toledo Blade has ratified a new contract with its newsroom employees and other members of the Toledo Newspaper Guild.

The contract calls for a 3 percent wage cut for each of the next three years, reduction of vacation time and sick time, and the outsourcing of 20 jobs in classified sales and ad services.

Though the contract was approved by a 2-to-1 margin, it does not “reflect the membership’s considerable anger and frustration about the agreement,” the Guild said. “Ultimately, most members took the bargaining committee’s advice that this was as good a deal as they were going to see.”

The guild did protect two jobs, prevent the company from reducing severance pay, and make a few other gains.

And the initial proposal called for a 15 percent wage cut and up to 200 layoffs.

Seattle PostGlobe Packs It In

After two years, the Seattle PostGlobe—founded by laid-off Post-Intelligencer staff after their paper closed—is shutting down due to a gradual departure of staff and lack of funding, the site said today.

Donations, co-founder and curator Sally Deneen said, have dried up. Ads “have generated no meaningful revenue — ever.” So as the journalists working for the site for very little money found other jobs, there have been fewer and fewer people left to run the PostGlobe.

Kery Murakami, who spearheaded the site, was pretty much running everything within six months of the site’s founding, as other reporters left for new jobs. He was suddenly the “primary reporter, editor, art director, accountant, copy chief, IT troubleshooter.”

So now the site is shutting down, though the owners will try to keep the archives up as long as possible.

The closure of the site could be seen as a good thing—so many people got jobs that there was nobody left to volunteer on this site—or as a blow for local journalism. At least they still have the Times.

News Of The World’s Outplacement Service Is ‘Laughable’

In what seemed to be a nice gesture at first, News Corp provided a list of other open jobs at the company to the News of the World journalists who are losing their jobs in the wake of the paper’s closing.

The problem, reports the Guardian, was that many of the jobs are either non-editorial or require moving to Siberia.

According to a list provided to the Guardian, job postings included “TEMP: Stock Controller” for Fox in Italy, “Finance manager” for Fox in Russia, and a theatrical sales assistant (??) in Belgium.

Other postings included oil reporter for Dow Jones, a Russian-speaking “symbology analyst” or a “materials manager” for Fox in Siberia.

One disgruntled NotW employee noted that even the reporting jobs don’t seem to fit these reporters’ experience: “The idea that you would go from the News of the World to becoming an oil reporter for Dow Jones… is laughable.”

Only six of the jobs on the list are “directly comparable” to what the 150 NotW journalists were doing at their old paper: three jobs at the Sun and three at Fabulous magazine.

A News International spokesperson told the Guardian that every employee, in addition to the list, will be receiving a one-on-one consultation.

The Miss Jobless Chronicles: The Troll

The Miss Jobless Chronicles is written by Caitlin O’Toole.

A wise man once said, "Under-employment is rough — especially when it's 100 degrees out and it's the first of the month." Okay, a wise man didn't really say that — but someone should have.

The air is thick like soup, and my shifts at ‘Snapshot’ magazine are sporadic. I'm getting some other nibbles, but companies are taking total advantage of the shitty economy and hiring people for like pennies an hour. Desperate fools like me apply, then do the work while quietly resenting it.

The perk of hanging around — however involuntarily — is that you get to know your neighbors. I've told you about June, my friend down the hall. Who's kind of like the hip Betty White of the building and has achieved a weird kind of Chelsea cult status. Now I have new friends — Liam, an older gay guy with a Houdini mustache who told me the other day that he had a dream about me. Creepy. Then there's Billy G., a sort of has-been actor who never really was. He has two dachshunds that drool and lick my feet in the elevator. The other day, he invited me up to his apartment to see his renovation which I was a little freaked out by — not that I was nervous about being alone with him — he seems harmless — but New Yorkers don't like to get close to anyone or make new friends. Sort of kidding, but I think I actually fall into that category.

Then there’s the woman in the apartment below me, who I simply call bitch face, who complains that my music is too “bassy.” I swear she came up one night when I was playing Billie Holiday and complained about the bass level.

Then there's Eleanor, who I call The Troll, because she's short and has insanely matted salt and pepper hair. As if someone took her in their hands and shook her like she was a toy perched on top of a pencil. She has a slightly pock-marked complexion, like she had a shitty acne problem in high school and can't get rid of the faint craters. Her skin always looks kind of moist and she has beady troll-like eyes. She also smells like patchouli, and few people can get away with that. She's always petitioning for some cause. Like, yesterday she had me sign a list to try and get the mail person to deliver the mail earlier. Okay…. I love getting mail as much as the next person. But really, honestly, it doesn't matter when it comes unless I'm expecting a check — then if it doesn't come by 6pm it sucks because I can't cash it til the next day. (Which, on most days, matters.)

The troll is tres annoying, if you haven’t already gathered. Like, she corners you with her clipboard at the door when you’re just coming home.

“Will you sign my petition?” she’ll say in her nasaly voice.

“Well, it depends on what your petition is.”

“We’re trying to get the post office to offer a more gender-neutral selection of stamps.”

Gender neutral stamps? Who does she think she is, the Betty Friedan of the building? Who the hell does she want on the stamps — Chaz Bono?

Like, right now I have Liberty Bell stamps. Are those male or female? Read more

Media Moves | New Agencies | More Yesterday’s News

Weak Results From McClatchy, Better From RBI

Two earnings reports today that couldn’t be more different: while McClatchy Co. (MNI) reported bleak results, Reed Elsevier’s report could have been worse. Really.

Reed Elsevier, which owns Variety and a number of construction-related properties in the U.S., saw revenue in its Reed Business Information segment fall 8 percent but profits rise 32 percent thanks to “cost actions taken to streamline the business while the business returned to growth” (ahem). And since RBI spent most of 2010 cutting and closing magazines left and right, and spending money on the associated severance payments, it would be hard to imagine profits not going up the next year.

Meanwhile, McClatchy, which owns the Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald, and more, reported another decline in revenue and profit. Revenues fell 8 percent, from $342 million in the second quarter of 2010 to $314 million in the second quarter of 2011. Income was $4.9 million, down from $7.3 million.

Digital advertising now represents 1/5 of McClatchy’s revenue, and that increased 1.6 percent in the quarter, compared with the 9.4 percent drop in revenues overall.

In the first half of 2011, McClatchy spent $12.2 million on severance.

Elevator Pitch: Alan Meckler Sizes Up Wanderfly

In the debut episode of MediabistroTV‘s “Elevator Pitch,” our CEO Alan Meckler meets with the founders of Wanderfly, a startup that provides travel advice based on a user’s interests and budget.

So, what do you think? Is Wanderfly the next big thing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

LAT Layoffs; The Fallout

Yesterday we told you that the Los Angeles Times book review had eliminated its freelancers. The cuts, sadly, go much deeper than that.

Our sister blog FBLA reports that columnist Tim Rutten, assistant business editor (and Pulitzer winner) Sharon Bernstein, and NBA writer Mark Heisler were let go yesterday.

Blog editor Tony Pierce and assistant Travel editor Jane Engle both got cut too, according to LA Observed (which has copies of beautiful farewell notes from both).

Here’s Heisler’s goodbye, via Twitter:



Last, via FishbowlLA, California editor Ashley Dunn’s memo to staff. It includes the sentences: “To those who are understandably feeling a bit down, I say: We don’t get our asses whipped, we whip asses. We don’t get ulcers, we give ulcers.”

More Thoughts On Linkedin’s New ‘Apply’ Button: Will It Create ‘Impulse’ Job Hunters?

A lot of people have already called the new ‘Apply With LinkedIn’ button, which lets you apply for a job in about three clicks, a “game changer.”

We’re not sure if it’s all that but we’re generally fans.

A counterpoint to all the pro-button cheering is Ask The Headhunter’s Nick Corcodilos’s new blog post: LinkedIn’s New Button: Instantly dumber job hunting & hiring.

He argues that LinkedIn’s core strength, which is that it allows jobhunters to build relationships, is being undermined by the button.

Good jobs come from great personal contacts and from the hard work of building solid relationships. (If Reed [sic] Hoffman is reading this, Remember why you started LinkedIn? Do we need another job board?) There’s an astonishing amount of talent on the street today, due to our uncertain economy. Rather than recruit intelligently, employers waste untold overhead dollars “processing” millions of inappropriate incoming applications from thoughtless job hunters who believe the more jobs they apply to, the better.

Now LinkedIn has created a button to make it even easier to apply for any job that comes along.

And maybe that’s not such a good thing, he says.

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