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Reporter Handcuffed At Romney Event

Hunter Walker reports that a reporter for the Economist was handcuffed and briefly detained after trying to listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s victory speech in Michigan.

Natasha Loder, the Midwest correspondent for the Economist, and other reporters were put into a separate room during the speech, but when they realized that the room was broadcasting Romney’s speech with a slight delay, Loder tried to listen to the speech in real-time outside the room where it was happening.

A private security guard said he would shut the doors, Loder asked to speak with a member of the Romney campaign, and a police officer offered to arrest Loder and the other reporters for trespassing.

She was then placed in handcuffs and sat down in the doorway in protest, in order to keep the guard from closing the door.

Walker reports that Loder then spoke with a police officer, saying “Look, I’m sorry, I just wanted to do my job,” and then was allowed to go on her way.

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Warren Buffett Punked WaPo Publisher Katharine Graham

Okay, this is just strange.

The Washington Post is getting a feature in the April Issue of Vanity Fair. An excerpt shows how investor Warren Buffett thinks that the Post’s business model is not working: “The Washington Post is a local newspaper,” he said. “The newsroom, kindled by what happened at Watergate, liked to think of themselves as national. And they are national, in an important respect, but they’re not national as a business. And they don’t have a business model that works nationally.”

As proof, he cites an anecdote about punking Katharine Graham, publisher of the Post for two decades.

““We were flying one time to Omaha on United Airlines, back when I used to fly commercial,” he recalls. “I said to her, ‘Kay, that pilot looks a little inexperienced.’ I said, ‘I’m not sure he’ll really be able to fly to Omaha.’ So, I said, ‘Do me a favor. Would you mind drawing a map of the United States that we could help him with, showing where Omaha is?’ Well, she started drawing a map, and of course she got as far as Chevy Chase, Maryland, and she didn’t have the faintest damn idea.”

Ellies | Hires | More News You Need To Know

The nomination list for general excellence in digital media is out….CQ Roll Call has hired two new reporters to cover policy….and a blogger in Florida is getting bullied by the government. We don’t think this could possibly backfire on the government at all. No really. Excellent job, Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Jonathan Allen. That’s using your noodle.

Art Director Assaults Our Ears (That’s Why She’s Not Looking For A Music Job)

Here’s a Tuesday evening moment of Zen (can we say that?): a wannabe art director’s “hire me” video. Can someone give her a job if only to ensure that this song never happens again?

Looking for… a job. from Fernanda Roedel on Vimeo.

In all seriousness, major props for having the balls (figuratively) to put this out there.

You Spend 13 Hours A Week Emailing [Infographic]

According to a new infographic, the average worker spends 13 hours a week just reading and sending emails.

And at some companies, the number of useful emails the average employee receives is about 10 percent of the total email volume (the rest were irrelevant or spam).

The solution, some say, is to ban email. It certainly would mean you’d get a lot of non-email things done, but we’re not sure it’s the answer.

Our personal suggestion: Inbox Zero. Don’t waste time with filters, folders, and other useless sorting. Read, respond, and delete.

But what works for you?

The infographic, btw, is available after the jump.

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Without Staff, TechCrunch’s Traffic Plummets

TechCrunch’s traffic is down 35 percent from a year ago, paidContent reports, and it’s probably due to the mass exodus of talent following founder Michael Arrington’s highly visible departure.

The “trickle” of high-profile departures “became a flood this year” (the latest to leave is Jason Kincaid) and TechCrunch is now “gutted of nearly all its talent.”

There are still more than 30 staffers listed on the site’s masthead, but traffic is, indeed, down, and Techmeme has said that the site is sliding down its leaderboard.

But bully for AOL for trying, PaidContent says. “Keep in mind that TechCrunch’s $25 million price tag amounted to a cheap investment for a major media company seeking to acquire a gloss of tech cachet. The purchase doesn’t appear to have had any significant effect on AOL’s bottom line. While AOL doesn’t break out TechCrunch in its financial reporting – and didn’t speak about the tech blog in its last earnings call—AOL’s share price has been flying high. Meanwhile, AOL recently reported ongoing traffic growth at the Huffington Post Group (which it bought for 10 times the price of TechCrunch) and annual company-wide revenues of $2.2 billion for 2011.”

Guest Post: Control Your Brand’s Search Results With BrandYourself

MJD Editor Rachel Kaufman’s Note: This post comes from a partnership with Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding Blog where we syndicate content from the blog on a weekly basis. This one is from Heather Huhman.

Establishing a brand becomes increasingly difficult when you can’t be found online – and it’s a common scenario. When you type your name into a search engine, how many links that belong to you show up? If you’re lucky, you might find just one on the first page of results, while the rest belong to those doppelgangers who share your name and just happen to engage activities that are either irrelevant to your expertise or downright problematic.

An incident like the one described above is what happened to BrandYourself’s co-founder Pete Kistler, which in turn inspired him to team up with current co-founder and CEO of BrandYourself, Patrick Ambron. Together they created a free website that boosts your links with SEO to make you more visible in search results.

When you first sign into BrandYourself, using your email or through Facebook or Twitter, you are guided through a series of steps to improve your search ranking. Here are some of the key features:

Search Score:  Typing in your name, you’re presented with the first page of Google’s search results where you determine your search score. Your score, on a grading scale of A+ through F, is based on the likelihood people will find positive content on your first page versus negative or other people’s results.

Link Boosting: Don’t be discouraged if your score is poor, as BrandYourselfprovides SEO to bolster the links you want to be seen. Submitting your first three links is free – any more and you will have to upgrade to a premium account.

Track Progress: Whether your link is a social media profile or an article that mentions you, BrandYourself tracks both the rank on Google and percent it’s been boosted. Site stats are provided, as well as email alerts and real-time alerts when any results change.

Profile: Along with a listing your bio, education, and work, your profile hosts your boosted positive links – which helps improve their rank. You also have the option to submit your BrandYourself profile to improve its own visibility, making it an all-in-one place to focus on boosting your ranking if you have numerous links to share.

Pros of BrandYourself:

  • Sign up and basic features (as listed above) are free
  • Easy to use
  • Provides real-time and email alerts
  • Open and transparent about how it works through steps and explanations
  • Provides hotline and representative to contact for help or consultation

Cons of BrandYourself:

  • Cannot erase negative results completely
  • Other features, such as submitting unlimited links, tracking the first ten Google pages, and getting more in-depth stats require a paid membership
  • Results are not immediate (taking from 2 – 6 weeks) and are not guaranteed(although paying members may receive a refund)

For those wanting to become more proactive about controlling which links surface when you’re being searched, BrandYourself is a great, free, and easy do-it-yourself tool.

What do you think about BrandYourself’s features? How important is it to manage your search results for your personal brand?


Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

Coming Tomorrow: CBS Interactive, Other Companies Host Free Internship Advice Session On Google+

Hey, tomorrow is like a free day anyway, because Leap Day only comes ’round once every four years. So to celebrate (or perhaps just coincidentally), InternMatch is hosting a full day of internship advice and resume advice on Google+.

If you +1 InternMatch’s Google + page, then starting at 9:50 a.m. PST, you’ll have access to seven hours of video presentations from recruiters and hiring managers at Google, Nestle Purina, Sirius XM, and CBS Interactive. (Here’s the agenda.)

The remaining 17 hours will be given over to online interactive advice for students.

The program is totally free, but it is kind of an experiment. Recruiting blog says that this event for Internmatch “is sort of its debut onto the national stage.” If demand is overwhelming, you might find yourself waiting in line to “hangout” with a career counselor. So we remain skeptical —but excited.

A Deserted Wasteland? | Larry King, Funnyman | More News You Need To Know

New traffic statistics back up the idea that nobody is really using Google+ (yet!)….Larry King is really serious about giving this comedy thing a go….Susan Molinari, formerly a U.S. representative for New York, will lead communications in Google’s DC office…and more news you need.

Jobs Of The Day: This Is The Sound Of Your New Career Calling

Keppler Speakers, one of the leading speakers’ bureaus in the US, is seeking a web content manager. You’ll manage the company’s website, blogs, social media and marketing campaigns, and keep speaker profiles up to date.

Not your thing? Try one of the following jobs:

Principal Global Investors seeks a senior global product advisor. (Des Moines, IA)
Yelp seeks a consumer product manager. (San Francisco, CA)
DW+H needs a social media intern. (Los Angeles, CA)
Saveur needs a research manager. (New York, NY)
Gridlock Sam is looking for a traffic reporter. (New York, NY)
A Lifestyle PR firm is hiring a PR senior account exec. (Los Angeles, CA)
St. Martin’s Press is seeking a web production and marketing associate. (New York, NY)
Meredith has an open position: a marketing coordinator. (New York, NY)
Draftfcb is seeking a digital account supervisor. (Irvine, 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 1371 jobs on our board.