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And the Average Tech Intern at Twitter Earns…

moneyAs the hot topic of unpaid internships made their way to various lawsuits, there’s probably one group of interns that’s not complaining. As in the paid ones. Check that — the highly compensated ones!

According to a Business Insider piece, a Twitter intern earns the equivalent of…drumroll please…$81,000 per year! Data comes from Glassdoor’s various surveys to tech workers.  Read more

Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Staffers Land Swag on 125th Anniversary

candlesAs you can probably agree, it’s no easy feat remaining afloat in publishing right now let alone celebrating 125 years!

According to Jim Romenesko, in honor of the 125th anniversary today at The Wall Street Journal, employees received goodie bags. While most of the contents remain a mystery, per the site it sounds like ice cream scoops were “a real hit.”

Another tipster told Romenesko there were also cell phone charges along with a few other things.

In any event, congrats on their huge milestone!

Majority of New Jobs Pay Higher Than Average Wage

moneyWant some good news on this Monday afternoon? Who doesn’t, right? Let’s face it we’re going to dish it out anyway.

According to MarketWatch, the economy isn’t just adding jobs at a fast pace. It’s adding jobs that pay even better than they have in previous years!

More than half of the new jobs created in 2014 are paying higher than the hourly U.S. wage. Per the data, 58 percent of the new jobs pay more than the average hourly wage of $24.45. This is comparison to last year’s numbers of 48 percent.

Per the piece, this year businesses are focusing on extending job offers to more white collar employees. Health care is still strong and financial services has picked up its pace.

 

How to Be a Community Journalist

There’s no doubt technology has made it easier to cover current events and breaking news on a global scale. Likewise, websites like Patch have helped to reignite the notion of reporting on local news. And for some freelance writers and photographers, going local is the ticket to getting steady work. In Mediabistro’s latest Journalism Advice column, we share some tips on how freelancers can break into the oft-forgotten field of community journalism.

The first step is to be invested in the community you’re covering — and to know it well. Lance Knobel, founder of community news site Berkeleyside, which covers Berkeley, Calif., said:

The benefit of writing for sites like Berkeleyside is that journalists can really dig into a local issue. It’s very much ground-level reporting; nothing happens at 35,000 feet.

You should also be prepared — at least for the first story or two — to write for free. The benefit, of course, is getting your name out there and gaining the trust of your editors. According to Tracy Record, editor of the West Seattle Blog:

Your work is likely to be read and remembered by more people via our readership than if you are buried somewhere in a mid-level metro.

For more tips from editors on how to start working in community journalism, read: 6 Ways to Break Into Community Journalism.

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Four Ways to Become a Social Media Influencer

fb logoIf you’re active on social media and want to know how to become an influencer, listen up.

According to serial entrepreneur Marc Fischman, there are several key factors to keep in mind. We connected with the CEO and co-founder of Hyperactivate to get the scoop and we figured he knows a thing or two about the topic since his company was named one of the top three social media start-ups last year by Entrepreneur.

1. Become an expert. That’s right, go ahead and master a topic so people trust your opinion! Fischman explains, “The idea here is to embrace your area of expertise so passionately, that your blog or twitter feed goes beyond just reporting news; it actually espouses opinions that you formulate and that people will seek out and evaluate.  Does this represent a commitment on your part? For sure.” Read more

Four Ways to Assert Your Independence Over Technology

email at signThat is, a digital detox. Who’s with us?

With the July 4th holiday of course comes fireworks, barbecues and thoughts of independence. What better way to declare your independence than break free from the shackles that bind. And by shackles we mean technology.

Yes, we know mobile devices make life easier and oh-so-convenient but they also make it oh-so-possible to work when you’re at the beach, on vacation and in the mode to detach and ultimately recharge.

According to a piece on Entrepreneur, there are a few ways to deplug the next few days.

1. Practice mindfulness. Be aware of the constant distractions. Set aside time on your calendar for a distraction-free zone. No interruptions. You can thank us later.

1. Reset your internal cycle. The piece points out, “A detox allows you to impose a cycle upon your technology use — while it’s constantly available, you can isolate your interaction by cutting it off completely and setting a new schedule once you resume using it.”

3. Reflect on your goals. Be still and evaluate our goals and better yet, how you’re going to accomplish them. What actions are moving you in the direction of your dreams? What achievements have you already surpassed? Take time to celebrate them, too.

4. Change your schedule to change your lifestyle. A detox shouldn’t only be a one-time deal. Sure, you can implement it this weekend but why not make it portable for use down the road?

The piece mentions the detox is a way to boost your lifestyle. “People need to have periods of activity followed by a break when they unplug and reflect. Embrace your design: Stay in rhythm.”

Pack Your Bags, Journalism Majors: New York is the Place to Be for Media Jobs

shutterstock_152295734Growing up in Central New Jersey, I experienced no shortage of access to major cities. Manhattan was a 45-minute train ride away; Boston and D.C., only four hours north and south, respectively. And for making the transition from intern to a professional in the news and media industries, there probably is no better place to be. Except maybe living in New York City itself.

Travel two hours outside the Tri-state area and job opportunities and internships drop significantly. Yet on the tiny island of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, media jobs reign.

A friend of mine from Indiana recently shared her media job struggles on Facebook. My immediate thought was, “Well how many jobs are even out there?” Read more

Lookin’ Good! Labor Department Releases Strong Jobs Data

job oppsAs we head into the holiday weekend, there’s good new to report as per the Department of Labor.

In June, employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. Can we get a woo-hoo? In addition, the number of jobs created in May was boosted to 224,000 from the original number of 217,000.

Let’s keep in mind 2014 got off to a very slow start thanks to an abysmal winter — in turn, frigid temps and horrid conditions ultimately froze hiring. According to a CBS piece, the new jobs should expedite economic growth. The math is simple: More jobs lead to more money lead to more products and services being purchased. Read more

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