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B5Media Terminates Entire Entertainment Network; 50 Freelance & Full-Time Bloggers Gone

Blog network B5Media has abruptly closed down its Entertainment network, leaving more than 50 bloggers out in the cold, without a clue what’s happened.

We’re working on this story now, so more as we can get it, but it seems gloomy.

Robin Parrish, the blogger for, Tweeted about an hour ago: “APPROACHINGLOST.COM IS DEAD. b5media just terminated the entire Entertainment network. Devastated. Angry. Totally numb.”

B5Media is launching a new entertainment hub called, which is apparently going to replace the old Entertainment network, without any crossover from old freelancers.

Update: The buzz on Twitter is that B5 gave no notice to bloggers before cutting them free. People have been locked out of their blogs and haven’t been told how long their sites will remain up.

Update: Amanda Ernst, who was one of us until just ten days ago, is getting some flack just for being a part of the new site.

Update: Here’s more reactions from B5 bloggers:




And some harsher words from others:



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flickr: bensonkua is seeking an “avid media nerd” to take over FishbowlNY when Amanda Ernst moves on to a new project. So if you like media, have a background in journalism, etc., etc., check out the posting here.

Also, TMG is looking for a senior art director.
And BFG Communications is seeking a copy editor/proofreader.
Mashable is hiring an investigative reporter, a senior editor, and an editorial assistant.
Arnold Worldwide wants a director of agency buzz.
Citysearch is seeking a NY City editor.
H&R Block wants a vice president of communications.
AOL has an open position: a horoscopes editor. is hiring a writer/reporter/editor.
Cornerstone Communications is hiring a PR coordinator.
CVS wants a senior social media manager.
Atlantic Media is seeking an intern. needs two freelance writers.
MTV Digital has an open position: a freelance associate editor.
Minnesota Monthly needs a lifestyle editor. has an open position: an intern.
The River Valley Newspaper Group needs a sports copy editor and page designer.
Thomson Reuters is looking for a senior product manager, multimedia.
The Tennessean is hiring a watchdog digital editor.
Simon and Schuster seeks a supervising producer, audio division.

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.

Update: Budget Travel ‘Business As Usual’

Our colleague Amanda Ernst reports at FBNY that the rumor of Budget Travel closing is untrue.

A Newsweek spokesman says that “It’s business as usual at Budget Travel and we are currently working to produce the February issue and beyond.”

So what the heck, guys?
We’re thrilled that nobody lost their job today, but rest assured we’re going to keep an eye on this story to see what develops.

Confessions of a Condé Nast Layoff Victim

Our colleague at FBNY, Amanda Ernst, lost her job last November when Condé Nast closed DNR, where she had been working.

Now she offers her own tips to support the 180 folks who are losing their jobs thanks to Condé’s closing of four titles, and the many more who will likely be cut as the weeks go on.

Ernst writes:

I’m still working as a journalist, I’m not homeless and, most of the time, I can pay my bills. And the panic attacks and a paralyzing sense of self-doubt have subsided over time. I managed somehow. And so can you.

So how did I do it? I accepted help from family and friends — emotional and monetary — whenever they offered. I changed my expectations. I tried new things, talked to new people and sent my resume to everyone who I thought could help. The first six months were the most difficult, but during that time I learned more than I ever wanted to know about unemployment insurance, COBRA and writing cover letters.

Read her three must-do tips at FBNY.