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MediaJobsDaily’s Top Stories Of 2009

It feels like much more than ten months ago that we launched, doesn’t it? But really, it was just March of 2009 that MediaJobsDaily began providing news and tips for y’all.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone reading this, as we wouldn’t be where we are today without you: our traffic’s been growing steadily ever since launch, and we have you all to thank for that.

So without further ado, here’s the ten stories that garnered the most clicks in 2009.

Here’s to a great 2010.

Forbes Cuts 40-100: Who Is Left?
When Forbes decimated its editorial side, you needed to know who was looking for a job.

Man With Pen Is Actually A Woman? What? Blogging & The Glass Ceiling
A heated controversy erupted over the news that a popular online blogger had been using a pen name of the opposite gender.

Would You Hire These Dudes?
We chatted about “creative” unconventional resumes in this post.

‘Did You Get My Resume? I Really Want This Job’
Some common-sense advice about jobseekers and phone calls.

Blogger Loses Unemployment Benefits Over $238 In Adsense Pay
This may have been our most retweeted story (not sure), but when a blogger got the runaround from the New York State Department of Labor, when nobody was sure if blogging was considered “employment,” “self-employment,” or “residual income,” you talked.

Jobs Of The Day: Editors, Copywriters, More
We don’t pretend to understand it, but this post just listing a bunch of media jobs was our sixth most popular story of the year.

‘Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?’
In which we discuss polite ways to say that you left your last job because your boss was a monster and the company was deathspiraling toward irrelevance.

Job Title To Watch: ‘Twitter Correspondent’?
The first-ever mainstream Twitter Correspondent was announced back in March. As 2009 progressed, we haven’t seen more people get jobs with this exact title, but it’s clear that Twitter’s role in newsgathering has expanded hugely over the past twelve months.

Rock Your LinkedIn (And What Not To Do)
In which we share tips for optimizing your least-well-understood social media profile.

The Newspaper Revitalization Act
When Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin‘s newspaper act was on the table, our former co-writer Becki Heller penned a piece reacting to the issues.

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The Newspaper Revitalization Act

newspapers.jpgThe Washington Post has an article from Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) summarizing his proposed Newspaper Revitalization Act.

Drawing statistics from the Pew Research Center’s report on the year in news, the senator found metropolitan paper run roughly 70 stories per day with a mix of news from national, local and business sections. Television news cycles run 10 to 12 stories and generally draw their reports from the newspapers&#151though television news casts are typically shorter than newspaper articles. Further, in his guestimation, newspaper reporters forge relationships with people, building a network, which creates avenues to information. All of this leads him to the same conclusion Jefferson had centuries ago; newspapers are vital to democracy.

Today, newspapers do that job; all other outlets &#151 TV, radio, blogs &#151feed off that base. My bill would allow newspapers &#151if they choose &#151to operate under 501(c)(3) status for educational purposes, similar to public broadcasters.

In summation the bill would not cost taxpayers, it would simply allow local newspapers (not hulking conglomerates) to operate under a non-profit status like public television stations.

While I’m all for saving local newspapers, some of the logic behind Senator Cardin’s arguments seems a little anachronistic. It’s not newspapers that are vital so much as it is original reporting we need to preserve. Ventures like the one recently launched by the Huffington Post seem just as worthwhile as the Newspaper Revitalization Act; perhaps even more so as it is allowing for new potential growth both monetarily and technologically. While this situation is certainly not an either or&#151we’re happy to see news sustained by any business model possible&#151the bill itself seems fairly narrow in its assistance. Honestly how many local newspapers are there these days that aren’t, at least in some part, owned by a larger conglomerate? In essence this seems like a fairly minor step to rectify a massive issue.