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Archives: June 2010

African-American Participation In Newsrooms May Be Lagging If Internship Participation Is Any Indicator

Out of the New York Times’ class of 2010 summer interns, not one is African American, bemoans Richard Prince in his column, Journal-isms.

“What we really need is a deeper pool of candidates,” NYT senior editor Dana Canedy told Journal-isms. “Of about 600 applications for this summer I estimate that we had only about two dozen African American candidates.”

Same story at Stanford, where twelve journalists were chosen to study under John S. Knight fellowships: nine African American applicants out of 133 total.

On the bright side for diversity, four of the twelve Knight fellowship recipients were journalists of color, and applications from journalists of color increased.

And the NYT intern class includes “several people of color,” according to Canedy.

Why is race a big deal? As UNITY, the umbrella organization encompassing NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, and NAJA, says: “The journalism industry has an obligation to deliver a complete, fair and representative picture of the communities and world in which we live. In order to achieve this, diversity in the newsroom and in coverage is fundamental.”

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Today’s Journalists: Never On Vacation

This simple Twitter exchange may feel familiar to anyone in journalism—or in any facet of media, actually. We’re all victims of the 24 hour news cycle now.

Earlier today, David Carr tweeted out:

What does @brianstelter do on vacation? http://nyti.ms/9xDHcE drops 1k words about Hulu’s sub service. #ManOrMachine?

Stelter replied:

Don’t feel too bad for me, @carr2n. http://tumblr.com/xkbcf223n (via @boonspoon) #manorboy?

Stelter’s link? Goes to this image:
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Hey, if you gotta work all the time, at least do it from the beach.

What, you mean some people take vacations without their smartphones? Blasphemy.

Can You Reach the Right People While Schmoozing on LinkedIn?

Online schmoozing has become the norm in this social media world, but are you really reaching the people that will help your career while networking online?
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According to an infographic posted on Hubspot, if you use LinkedIn, the answer is yes. Hubspot states that 28 percent of LinkedIn users are senior executives making over $100K. And of all the users, 67 percent are between the ages of 25 and 54.

That’s quite the percentage, and if you want a harmless way to connect with someone that can possibly help your career, then it seems like a great solution.

Not surprisingly, 80 percent of recruiters say they use the site to find applicants. It has become the norm in the recruiting industry to use LinkedIn, so if you’re not on there while searching for a job, I’ve got to wonder, why?

What surprised me about the graphic was that 41 percent of marketers say they’ve generated business using the professional social site. This doesn’t seem likely, but any success stories out there?

As You Languish, Unemployed, Profits Are Up

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Could there be a silver lining to unemployment? According to Steve Matthews, writing at Bloomberg.com, yes—if you’re a business.

“The 6.8 million Americans out of work for 27 weeks or longer — a record 46 percent of all the unemployed — are providing U.S. companies with an eager, skilled and cheap labor pool,” he writes. In fact, companies have been able to upskill their workforces so effectively that Matthews argues it’s the factor behind the 61 percent uptick in the S&P 500.

In other words, profits are up: because so many talented people are desperate for work, companies that do have openings are able to pluck anyone they want from the ranks of the unemployed.

Andrew Leonard at Salon.com picked up the Bloomberg item, noting: “How far we’ve come from the days of Henry Ford, who gave his workers wage increases so that they could afford to buy Ford’s cars. Just how sustainable are corporate profits that are predicated on squeezing workers, if the end result is a working class that can’t afford to buy anything?”

photo: | El Caganer

Cablevision, Newsday Union Agree on Deal

Last week we mentioned that Cablevision had offered a sweetened union contract to Newsday employees. The New York Post reports that the union has accepted the contract by a 310 to 141 vote.
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Under the new deal, most workers will receive a 5 percent cut in pay over the next three years while the truckers will suffer a 10 percent cut in pay (I wonder where the 141 ‘No’ votes came from). The sweetened deal offered last week provides a slight pump in the pension, once the pay cuts end in 2013.

Although the deal is done, the local 406 President Michael O’Connor told the Post “There is nobody who voted ‘yes’ who is happy about this contract.”

Newsday publisher Terry Jimenez, however, is thrilled, as our sister site FishbowlNY points out.

“We are pleased with the vote’s outcome and I thank our union colleagues for their partnership. I am committed to working together to make our brand and our business even greater for readers and advertisers for years to come,” said Jimenez in a statement.

NewsLabs Folds, Creator Apologizes for Lost Promises

Romenesko has obtained emails that announce the folding of NewsLabs, which comes less than three months after the start-up’s launch.
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Paul [Biggar, NewsLabs CEO] decided to leave NewsLabs two weeks ago and I gave serious thought to continuing without him. Ultimately, however, I came to the conclusion that it would be better to break cleanly than to continue,” wrote NewsLabs CTO Nathon Chong in an email to NewsLabs freelancers.

NewsLabs jumped into the media scene in March, when it called for freelancers to sign up on its platform. While the journalist provided the content, Newslabs did everything else; at least that’s what the original job posting promised.

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When No Mentor Is Better Than One

Got a mentor? You oughta. But there are times when a mentor can actually hurt you rather than help you.

These tips, from MainStreet.com, all refer to mentors you get within your company, which is the more common form of mentorship.

But even those relationships can turn toxic: if your mentor is dressing you down in front of coworkers, or if you two end up on the opposite side of an interoffice turf war, you could be in trouble.

There are ways a mentor can mean well but not deliver the goods, too: if she is too busy to return your phone calls or if he gives bad advice, it may be time to end the relationship.

Or you could go the entrepreneur route: rather than dump your mentor to replace her with someone else, seek out three or four people you trust and get help from them in rotation. It helps keep one person from feeling overloaded and introduces you to a variety of opinions. Hey, if it works for startups, it can work for you, right?

Trust Us: You Don’t Want That Job

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These are tough times right now. And if you’ve been laid off for months (still stings, I know), even that administrative assistant job can start to look good. Being an errand boy/receptionist/busy-work troll has to be more fulfilling than sitting on the couch eating into your savings, right? Wrong.

In this hilarious, dead-on list, Punk Rock HR outlines ten factors to consider when desperation has you selling your soul for any old paycheck. Our favorites:

6. You don’t really like the brand/product/service. Why would you want to help that company make money?

7. The office interior is ugly. They haven’t invested in new chairs since 1997. The cubicles are metal and beige. If they can’t upgrade the interior every century, what does this say about the company?

A lot of folks are restarting their careers at lower positions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a gig that’s both fulfilling and satisfying. If you need help getting there, think about attending mediabistro’s Career Circus on August 4th. You’ll find out where the jobs are, develop a career plan and engage with media peers and leaders to help you find a job that will make you happy (or at least one where they won’t keep taking your stapler).

— JI-HYUN PARK

Federal Agencies Lack Beat Writers, Says AJR

If you’re looking for a beat to cover in Washington, you might want to take a look at the American Journalism Review’s assessment of the coverage of federal agencies.

AJR_logo.6.29.10.jpgIn a study, AJR found that many federal regulators have less mainstream media coverage than the last time the survey was completed in 2003. AJR included newspapers, network and cable television and public news organizations in the study. It only counted journalists who burrow “into departments and agencies, developing reliable sources, serving as a watchdog.”

The results are surprising. Since 2003, the number of reporters covering the Defense, State, Justice and even the Treasury (surprising considering the bank bailout) has dropped considerably. Many of the other agencies, like Agriculture or the IRS, only have two or three beat reporters constantly covering news that arises.

There’s a hole in the study because it appears to not take into account online journalists, which would considerably increase the number of beat writers covering some these agencies.

But if you’re looking for a federal agency to report on, here’s a good way to arbitrage the industry and find a beat that needs help.

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