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2010 Grads Fare Better Than 2009 Grads

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Companies plan to hire 5 percent more grads this year than they did last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. And in fact, of the 2010 graduates who’ve actively applied for jobs, 24.4 percent already have jobs in hand, as opposed to the 19.7 percent of graduates who had jobs last year.

“There appears to be a greater awareness of the economic realities among this year’s graduates,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, in a statement, and greater flexibility in the types of jobs they will consider.”

Last year, 40 percent of seniors responding to NACE’s survey had received job offers and 45 percent of those accepted. This year, 39 percent of responding seniors received offers, but 59 percent accepted.

The majors in highest demand were business and technology related subjects, of course.

Associated Content Competitor AllVoices Adds ‘Health Insurance’

AllVoices, a ‘citizen journalism’ site that competes with such publishing platforms as Associated Content and, to a lesser extent, Demand Studios, has added health insurance to the benefits it offers contributors.

As with the controversial Demand Studios health insurance, which the company began offering to its top contributors late last year, AllVoices’ insurance isn’t really insurance (“[the plan] is not a traditional comprehensive health insurance and should not be considered a substitute for comprehensive health insurance or major medical coverage”), it’s a discount plan. And just like with Demand’s plans, participants in the AllVoices plan need to maintain a minimum contribution level to stay eligible.

As always, we are skeptical of “insurance” that isn’t really insurance, especially when the target customers are a typically vulnerable population. But if more content sites feel the need to add benefits such as health insurance to stay competitive, who can argue with that?

‘Bare-Bones’ Wonkette Could Be Hiring Soon

Wonkette_logo.pngWonkette’s Jim Newell is leaving to join Gawker.

He replaces Alex Pareene, who left for Salon in April.

Newell got his Wonkette job after…replacing Alex Pareene, who left for Gawker.

Newell said in a blog post, “As long as I keep blatantly copying his style, I should have steady employment for life, as he is very talented.”

Our sister blog FishbowlNY speculates, though, that Wonkette may be looking for some fresh blood. Right now, only head editor Ken Layne and several contributors are the only ones on the masthead. It’s “even more bare-bones” than normal, our colleagues report. So maybe start sucking up. Er, you know, keeping your eye out for posted jobs. As we will as well.

Demand Media Will Produce SFGate.com Real Estate Content

First it was travel stories, now this: Demand Media has entered into another partnership with a mainstream media organization to feed content to two of Hearst’s papers’ web sites, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Chronicle.

Demand will contract out its army of low-paid freelancers to provide real estate content for SFGate.com, the web site of the San Francisco Chronicle, and small business content for Chron.com, the web site of the Houston Chronicle.

The company sent an e-mail to contributors saying it was now accepting applications for the higher-paid, bylined opportunities, and asked that people please keep the papers’ names confidential until further notice. Unsurprisingly, the e-mail was immediately leaked to Erik Sherman at Bnet. “Most newspapers have been in terrible financial shape for years,” writes Sherman, “and many have looked for new ways to lower their costs. The opportunity to obtain articles and video for far less than they are accustomed to paying is tempting.”

The real estate section of newspapers has traditionally been the domain of higher paying freelance assignments, as they lack the glamor of, say, writing about music. But with Demand offering its low rates to thousands of willing writers, this cash cow for oldschool freelancers may dry up.

Eamon Javers From Politico to CNBC | National Journal Group Snags Conde Nastie | More Stuff That Happened Yesterday

Pac-Man Google Doodle Cost $120m In Lost Productivity

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Here’s something for a Google engineer to be proud of: the Google Doodle commemorating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man cost the world an estimated $120m in productivity, the BBC reports.

The statistics came from time-tracking company RescueTime, which says that its 11,000 users typically spend four minutes a day on the Google homepage. On the day the Google logo was replaced by a playable version of Pac-Man, that time rose to 4 minutes thirty.

That’s not a huge amount, but extrapolate those extra thirty seconds across Google’s 504 million users daily and that adds up to 4.8 million hours of lost time. If they’re paid an average of $25 an hour, that’s $120 million of lost productivity.

Put that another way, at a quarter a pop, you could play 480 million games of Pac-Man on that chunk of change.

Jobs Of The Day: Design Beachy Style Here

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Coastal Living is looking for a designer. We sincerely hope designing a cover like this one will not be on your list of job duties.

Unlike most Time properties, this one’s based in Birmingham, AL.

Harpercollins is looking for an administrative assistant. (New York, NY)
Pandora is seeking an interaction designer. (Oakland, CA)
Disaster News Network needs a breaking news reporter. (Ellicott City, MD)
Washingtonian is looking for a paid editorial intern. (Washington, DC)
The Produce Marketing Association is looking for a PR manager. (Newark, DE)
CRT/tanaka seeks a social media account executive. (Alexandria, VA)
IMRE, LLC is seeking a senior account executive. (Sparks Glencoe, MD)
O, The Oprah Magazine wants a market editor. (New York, NY)
Padilla Speer Beardsley wants a senior director/VP. (New York, NY)
The Joy Behar Show wants a guest booker. (New York, NY)
TBC wants a senior media planner/buyer. (Baltimore, MD)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’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.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1293 jobs on our board.

Forbes Buys True/Slant, Contributors Left Out?

Forbes has purchased journalism platform True/Slant with “the intention of revamping much of Forbes’s approach to content,” Folio: reports.

The acquisition is not surprising, say multiple sources, as True/Slant founder Lewis Dvorkin and Forbes have a strong established relationship. Dvorkin was editor of the magazine from 1996-2000, and Forbes re-hired him in April as a consultant.

Dvorkin will now act as “chief product officer,” overseeing all of Forbes’s editorial products.

What this means for True/Slant’s 300+ contributors, who were blogging for pageviews and attempting to build a readership, is unclear: Dvorkin wrote on his personal T/S page: “As True/Slant transitions, some of you may be interested in moving with us to Forbes. We look forward to discussing the possibilities with you.”

An e-mail to a spokesman for T/S was not returned at the time of this posting.

Orange County Local News Network Throws In The Towel

The Orange County Local News Network has shut down after just four months of operation, the Orange County Business Journal reports.

OCLNN parent company U.S. Local News Network had planned to roll out 40 hyperlocal sites in the next two years; so far, it had launched OCLNN, the San Diego Local News Network, and Southwest Riverside News Network. But USLNN president Chris Jennewein e-mailed staff yesterday saying “the Orange County Local News Network has been forced to cease operations effective immediately.” It is unclear who or what caused the forcing, but “market conditions” are a likely bet.

OCLNN employed 20 people.

First Few Layoff Victim Names Emerge In Honolulu Paper Merger

star_bulletin.jpgThe Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Advertiser are merging, an operation that will result in the loss of 400 jobs at the papers.

Since the Star-Bulletin‘s contract with editorial employees specifies that the newsroom cannot be laid off, we speculated that most of the edit-side cuts would come from the Advertiser‘s newsroom of 120.

Sure enough, pet columnist Leslie Kawamoto posted her goodbye column on Sunday, and freelance columnist Charles Memminger announced that “Charleyworld (The Column) will not be a part” of the new newspaper.

Also predictably, Star-Bulletin food writer Betty Shimabukuro wrote last week that she will continue with the new paper.

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