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Messy Desks Are For PR Pros Too

Still life with modernityLast week our colleague Mike Janssen found this video of FBN’s Charlie Gasparino saying “any reporter that has a neat desk isn’t a reporter.”

Last week members of the MyRagan forum for PR pros shared what objects were on their desks. We suspect that the responses, compiled by PRDaily are edited for hilarity value, but regardless, we’re amazed at some of the stuff on these desks:

Nancy, in PR, has on her desk “a green sequin bat and a rubber duck.” Ann in PR in Alabama has “astronaut stress toys” (Ann, you work here by any chance?). A Maureen confessed to keeping a Zhu-Zhu pet on her desk, a Chris admitted to having a toy Dalek from Dr. Who, and a Debbie in internal comms in Texas seems to want out: “Everything’s beachy in my cubby—seashells, sand, driftwood and photos of sailboats. I’ve bookmarked Webcams featuring the seashore and the wallpaper on my PC is a shot from Paradise Island.”

Donna went for the show-off item: “I have a hand-blown, glass, paperweight in a Tiffany-like style that I picked up last year in France. It’s from La Rochere Glass & Crystal Works, a family-run business since 1475.”

And a Jocelyn in Washington chose shock value: “A pair of squirrel underpants.”

Finally, what we all really wanted to hear in the first place: a marketing communications specialist named Jody named this: “Bottle of tequila and margarita mix in my cabinet. Every stressed-out person I work with knows where it is.”

Now that’s a desk.

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A Bit Of Housekeeping

Remember Mike Janssen, that indomitable media maven who takes over for me every time I pull a Mayzie Bird…well, once again I’m leaving the egg—err, blog in capable hands.

You might’ve seen Janssen’s byline earlier today…that was just warmup. Tomorrow through April 14, though, it’s for reals, yo, so enjoy the fresh voice and once-in-a-half-year or so shakeup.

Public Media Corps Pilot Program Launches In DC: Inaugural Class of 15 Announced

The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is launching the Public Media Corps, a “collaborative and scalable” framework for supporting public media and the broadband divide in minority communities.

They’re describing it as like Teach for America, but with media: skilled media pros are going into underserved communities and developing public media programs, building media apps, or just teaching others how to consume and produce media in the digital age.

In 2011, the program will be scaled out to multiple cities, but for now, Washington DC is hosting the inaugural class of 15 fellows, who will spend six months working at local broadcast media outlets, high schools, and community centers.

The 2010 fellows:
Kibwe Chase-Marshall: video and digital producer and designer
T. Je’Nein Farrell: former adjunct professor, producer, videographer and director
Brennan Gerald: virtual brand and marketing consultant
Khalil Gill: illustrator, web designer and educator
Robin Hamilton: freelance writer and television reporter
Ivana Jackson: recent journalism graduate
Mike Janssen: writer and public media professional
Molly McDonnell: journalist and web designer
Gerardo I. Medrano: former researcher, curator and education specialist
Ashley Mosley: video producer and community organizer
Selina Musuta: radio producer and DJ
LaToya Peterson: blogger and new media entrepreneur
Olivia Rubagumya: journalist and human rights media programmer
Danielle Scruggs: photographer, writer and blogger
Ariel Valdez: journalist and musician with public radio experience

Bye For Now (But Don’t Worry)

jump girl relaxed vacation beach water sky

We’re outta here.

We’ve…er, I’ve—screw this imperial blogger’s voice thing just this once—been running MediaJobsDaily basically single-handedly since April 2009 (except for our amazing guest-bloggers who we can’t thank enough), and it’s time for a well-deserved vacation*.

Taking my place for a week is freelancer Mike Janssen, who’s been covering the media—public radio in particular—for Current, the trade newspaper and website about public broadcasting. He has also written about shopping malls for Retail Traffic magazine, beer for Piedmont Virginian magazine, and baseball (about which he knows nothing) for the Washington City Paper. A few years ago he co-founded a blog about classical music radio, Scanning The Dial, where he remains a contributor. You can also hear his show of jazz, African music, blues, funk, reggae and more on WPFW, the listener-supported Pacifica station in Washington.

So basically, you guys are in good hands, so be nice to him. (No hazing!)

I’m back Monday the 22nd. Until then, toodle-oo!

*That vacation, by the way? More of a busman’s holiday. I’m headed down to Austin. I hear there might be some sort of event going on down there…so say hello if you run into me.

photo: fspugna