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AOL/Huffington Post To Freelancers: ‘Don’t Assume Anything’

new aol logo blobIn a conference call with freelancers earlier this week, Huffington Post executive editor Nico Pitney pleaded for patience.

No, AOL is not firing all its freelancers— at least not right away.

But as for a timeline when writers will know whether they got the axe? “With an integration of this size, there’s always going to be some level of uncertainty for everyone,” Pitney said on the conference call, as Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici reports.

One writer, who covers criminal justice, noted that the Huffington Post just made its own hire on that beat. “Is it safe to assume I’ve probably been replaced now?” he asked. Pitney’s reply was to not assume anything.

Freelancers have been invited to apply for staff jobs, however, that doesn’t put them ahead of the line of other applicants, Pitney said. “As far as I know, there’s been no communication saying freelancers will be considered first. I don’t think it’s appropriate to say it gives you an advantage.”

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Freakonomics Blog And To Split; Jobs Available

The Freakonomics blog and are parting ways, reports Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici.

The blog has been hosted by the New York Times since 2007, but now the blog is moving to its own home, at It’s just gotten too big, says Freakonomics journo Stephen J. Dubner.

Dubner told Bercovici:

We’re taking indie again because, even though the 3.5 years with has been beyond great, a lot has changed in our universe since then — the film, a radio show, more books, etc. — and we’ve got a big appetite for uniting all these things, and a few more things, into one tight-knit little media channel known as And we just couldn’t do that if the blog still lived at

And now for the job announcement:

Chad Troutwine, who produced last fall’s “Freakonomics” documentary, “recently sent around an email soliciting candidates for an ‘editor and media strategist’ to run the new site,” writes Bercovici.

The e-mail continues:
“As Employee #1, this person will have the chance to take an influential position in what we believe will be a media juggernaut (OK, that may be a stretch, but we are confident in the site’s ability to attract millions of visitors almost immediately). We are not publicly announcing the NY Times migration in advance, so please keep this confidential for now.”

Columbia Journalism Review Needs a Media Critic

Media critics seem to be in high demand these days. On Monday, Jeff Bercovici joined Forbes while John Koblin left his home at New York Observer to start writing for Women’s Wear Daily. And now, the Columbia Journalism Review wants to find a new media critic for fiscal and economic policy coverage.

It’s a fellowship, not a full-time job, but for those opinionated souls out there with experience in journalism, it seems like an ideal secondary income source. Here’s a rundown of what CJR wants.

Funded by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Peterson Fellowship was created to encourage the business and Washington media to take the long view. Among other things, we’ll encourage the press to explore the national debate over the federal budget, the national debt, entitlement programs, and taxes; the impact of Washington economic policy on Wall Street and financial markets; the still-unknown public exposure to various financial stabilization measures and its impact on future economic policy choices; the fallout and long-term consequences of financial-sector reforms; the social consequences of the crisis, including wealth transfers resulting from foreclosures and other forms of economic dislocation; and the impact of the crisis on social mobility, income distribution, poverty, and personal savings and home-ownership rates.

The job will pay $3,333.33 a month (that’s a weird number to land on), but does not include benefits. “Fluency with economic and policy questions a plus, as is familiarity with Washington media eco-system.” So for those Peter Orzag lovers or Lawrence Summers aficionados, this one is for you.

A Glut of Media Reporter Resignations

Ever want the opportunity to follow in a star’s footsteps? Well you might well soon get the chance as two large organizations lost media reporting studs (does that exist) today. Both AOL and New York Observer learned that their star reporters are stepping away for new projects elsewhere.

First, AOL, which learned that media reporter Jeff Bercovici will join the new blogging platform at Forbes. A huge loss for AOL, which has attempted in recent years to bring on high-profile journalists in an effort to legitimize its reporting.

The other media reporter deciding to call it quits at his old job is the Observer‘s John Koblin, who plans to join his old editor, Peter Kaplan, over at Women’s Wear Daily. He’ll be running the Memo Pad, which the Village Voice says has had “some bigger-ticket media industry reporters over the years.”

“The Observer was my first job out of school, and I’ve had the best time here,” said Koplin to the Village Voice. “WWD is a fantastic source for media coverage, and I can’t wait to join their team. Also! It’s gong to be a lot of fun to work in an office with Peter Kaplan again.”

It’s a good time to be a media reporter looking for that next gig. Get the resume ready.

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New Media Blog Coming To The Market?

Our sister publication, FishBowlNY, has an interesting update to our Dan Abrams story, with exclusive content from Abrams and his right-hand woman Rachel Sklar. Check out the story here.

Media big shots are finally realizing the power of the internet. So of course the first thing they all want to do is run out and harness it for their own personal gain. First Arianna Huffington, then Tina Brown, now it looks like we may have Dan Abrams as well.

The New York Observer reports that chief legal analyst for NBC News has been meeting with top tier bloggers and writers around New York. “I think it’s very possible that I will pursue an on-line Web property that will include some level of blogging of and about the media,” Abrams acknowledged yesterday. Hopefully he’ll learn to spell “online” the correct way before he drops into the medium.

While Abrams would not say who he has met with, industry spies report the list includes Gawker political editor Alex Pareene, Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumenco, former New York senior editor Jesse Oxfeld, Portfolio blogger Jeff Bercovici, and The Observer‘s John Koblin (gee, wonder how The Observer got the scoop on this story).

So far there are no confirmed hires. It’s not clear is that is because of the tone of the blog venture itself or if its because journalist in general had a very poor reaction to Abram’s first internet project that he announced in November.

Last year Abrams announced he was launching a “global strategy firm” that would employ thousands of working journalist, bloggers, authors and recently laid off journalists to consult with corporations who were interested in forming new media strategies. While media professionals did sign up in droves, some questioned the ethical implications of such a position.

“I am always trying to find vehicles for my community of experts,” said Abrams. “If and when I create an additional web property of and about the media, the editorial side of it will be entirely separate and distinct from Abrams Research, the business.”

More information about the site and prospective salary ranges after the jump.

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