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Archives: April 2013

CareerCast Names Newspaper Reporter as Worst Job in 2013

CareerCast has released their annual worst jobs list and drumroll please…newspaper reporter has landed in the numero uno spot.

Chalking it up to a high stress job with tight deadlines and competition with competing online Web sites, unfortunately the list underscores the shrinking newsroom. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the job growth category the number of jobs is anticipated to drop by six percent by 2020.

Media Beat: Brian Stelter’s Choice, Work in TV News or Cover It

How did an 18-year-old college student in Maryland gain the trust of and get access to TV executives and anchors in New York? “By posting 10 or 15 posts a day meant that the industry knew it was a reliable consistent source,” says Brian Stelter, creator of TVNewser and now a media reporter for the New York Times and author of the just released book “Top of the Morning.”

As he neared graduation, Stelter had to make a choice: work in TV news, or cover it.

Eight Questions to Ask During an Informational Interview

Ah, the informational interview. It’s golden to networking and beneficial to expand your knowledge about a specific company and career path.

Once you land the informational interview, the critical component entails creating a strategy to make the most of it.

Paul Freiberger, author of When Can You Start?: How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job, told Fortune, “Be sure to research both the latest developments in the industry and the background of the person you’re meeting.” Read more

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year of network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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After Disastrous First Night on Air, Fired Anchor Tweets About Job Hunting

Okay, so you’ve probably heard about North Dakota-based anchor A.J. Clemente who dropped the F-bomb on his first day on the job.

As per his Twitter feed, he blurted out profanities while trying to figure out how to pronounce the London marathon winner’s name.

Although he didn’t realize his microphone was live, the news director apologized to viewers and stated, “I want to apologize for an incident that occurred prior to our early newscast this evening, when one of our employees used profanity on the air.”

Clemente was suspended at first and then he was let go. His most recent tweets read, “Thanks again for everyone that is supporting me. Friends, family and even the creative humor tweets. #NYC tomorrow”

He added, “Find #TeamAJ a job.”

What do you think? Did KFYR act responsibly in this situation or would his suspension have sufficed?

Joanna Coles Receives Matrix Award & Outlines Four Stages of an Editor’s Career

At the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Awards luncheon, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles was among the honorees receiving an award. (The annual luncheon honors women for their outstanding achievements in media and communications.)

During Coles’ speech today, she jokingly highlighted the four stages of an editor’s career:

1. Who is Joanna Coles?

2. Get me Joanna Coles!

3. Get me the new Joanna Coles.

4. Who the f*@# is Joanna Coles?

As for a magazine, she commented on its four stages as well:

1. What is a magazine?

2. Get me a magazine!

3. Get me a new digital magazine.

4. What the f*@# is a magazine?

Speaking of magazines, Coles mentioned whether it’s a brick and mortar magazine or online publication, the medium isn’t as important as the content itself.

She indicated, “I still believe content is king.” Coles added that people want to read good stories: “What they want is good media.”

For Coles, good stories actually stem back to her childhood. Her speech also recalled her youth as a nine year-old girl growing up in northern England. Well, the young Coles created her own publication and handed it out to neighbors.

If she could talk to her childhood self, Coles would tell that little girl to dream big. As in, really big. “Then get ready because your life is going to exceed those dreams.”

New Study Reveals Successful & Famous People Live Shorter Lives Than Successful, Non-Famous Folks

This report caught our attention. The next time you’re in a conference room for a long meeting, consider it good for your health. Or at least better for your life span than oh, let’s say a notable name.

According to a study, Death in The New York Times: The Price of Fame is a Faster Flame published in QJM, An International Journal of Medicine, people who are successful and famous (think actors, athletes and other celebrities) die sooner than people who are merely successful for their accomplishments. Read more

Author of ‘Tipping Sacred Cows’ Talks About Virtues & Kicking Bad Habits at Work

Want to kick bad habits at work to the curb? Jack Breeden, author of Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Habits that Masquerade as Virtues, tells The New York Post, bad habits persist when you “excuse yourself from tough self-awareness.”

He explains in the piece:

“A classic one is creativity, which is often used as an excuse for narcissistic behavior: Somebody at work comes up with a bright idea and gets everyone else onboard. Too often the workplace doesn’t need the new idea; it’s all about the worker’s need to express himself.”

One way to catch yourself from the persisting bad habits relies on explaining away negative feedback on your performance. Are you telling a story your boss and colleagues simply don’t understand? Convincing yourself it’s valid but no one else buys it?

And how about passion? Breeden says when passion becomes narrow-minded and focused solely on winning or success, that’s not a good combination. He says, “There’s compelling research that shows passion is harmonious — when it’s checked by other aspects of your life.”

Three Innovative Ways to Ramp Up Your Networking

When we read this post on Intuit, we couldn’t agree with it more.

Sure, networking at its core doesn’t really change over the time but your strategies sure can. Here are a few new ones to spice things up…

1. Create a layoff test. In the post, Alexandra Levit, workplace expert and author of New Job, New You writes, “If you got laid off from your job today, who are the 10 people you’d e-mail for advice on what to do next?  Reach out to them now, when you don’t need anything specifically.  Have lunch, coffee, or even a phone call.  You never know what gold nuggets might come out of an informal conversation without an urgent agenda.” Read more

New Survey Reveals Strangest Things Bosses Have Asked Employees To Do (Like Surrogacy)

Ready for this one? Really, are you ready?

Good, we knew you were.

In the category of inappropriate conversations in the workplace, a recent CareerBuilder survey revealed you don’t need to look any further than the supervisor-employee relationship. Need proof? One particular boss didn’t have any qualms about asking a direct report to be a surrogate more than once, mind you.

The survey asked employees to dish and boy, did they ever. Almost 25 percent of employees indicated their bosses asked them to perform tasks that are completely unrelated to their jobs. Considering this number is rather high, it seems that it’s not unusual for a boss to get out of line. Read more