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Archives: November 2010

Social Media Mavens? More Like Social Media Morons, Telegraph Writer Says

Telegraph tech writer Milo Yiannopoulos has gotten himself into a possible Twitter tempest with his newest column.

Titled “Time to ditch the blood-sucking social media gurus,” the column is a thousand-word backlash against the worst of social media.

Whether or not you agree with his premise–that social media consultants are an “inexcusable waste of money”–the column is hilarious, pointing out some of the absolute worst offenders. (Apparently someone does legitimately call himself a social media swami.) The conclusion: “Social media consulting amounts to little more than mastering the art of the bleeding obvious and no company, no matter what its size, should even consider hiring external social media consultants. Internally, the most you need is a couple of interns with laptops.”

The comments are pretty predictable, as are the Twitter responses. Have your say, let us know whether Yiannopoulos is blowing smoke or right on.

AP Prez Curley On Interns: ‘We Must Focus Resources On Getting Projects Accomplished’

That’s what AP president and CEO Rob Curley told Rhonda LeValdo, president of the Native American Journalists Association, in response to an e-mail from her asking the AP to reconsider its reconsideration of its famous internship program.

Curley’s response, which read a full 15 words long, makes the “reconsideration” sound like an all-out cancellation.

AP spokesman Paul Colford wouldn’t confirm to Richard Prince, who has been following the story, that a meeting to select next year’s interns was still scheduled for Dec. 2.

“I have nothing further on this at the moment. Happy Thanksgiving,” Colford told Prince.

Your Parents Think Your Education Was A Waste | And More Stuff That Happened Over The Break

Welcome back, all (that is, if you’re joining us from the U.S.). If you read this blog from one of those overseas places, like Canada, you were likely wondering why we were dark for the last four days. Well, wonder and worry no more, because we’re back.

Over the long weekend, we found stories about parents who think they wasted money on their kids’ college education, media moves, and more…

Attention Passengers: Jetsetter is Hiring a New Associate Editor

Gilt Groupe fanatics will be happy to hear that Jetsetter is looking for an experienced associate editor join its New York team. Superior writers with a taste for luxury may have just found the ultimate deal.

If hired, you’ll be assigning, editing and writing compelling hotel reviews and other travel content under daily deadlines. You’ll be shaping Jettsetter’s voice with your unique lifestyle copy, and generating engaging features for Jetsetter’s non-sale publishing arm. Maintaining editorial integrity is key here — you’ll need a sharp eye for detail and zero tolerance for anything less than the best.

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience editing for a national publication or website, preferably focused on travel or lifestyle. You should be well-versed in blogging, social media, email newsletters and professional reviews, while maintaining a strong stable of writers. Ready to let your career take flight? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Not Much Has Changed In 400 Years: A Pilgrim’s Job Search

Well, the always-interesting folks at Pongo Resume have come out with a new, pretty thematic job-search video. In it, watch as a pilgrim describes relocating to America for a new job.

The actors are, apparently, reenactors at Plimoth Plantation, which is how they spelled it back then. Silly Pilgrims. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving!

Jobs Of The Day: Internships With Martha, More

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has posted the listing for its spring consumer marketing internship. You must be able to receive school credit, as this internship is unpaid but for a $20 daily stipend.

Here are some more jobs for the long weekend…
Travelzoo is seeking an assistant producer. (Miami FL) is hiring a manager of marketing insight and analysis. (Carle Place, NY)
Life Extension has an open position: a medical/science writer. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
The American Dental Association is hiring a director, council on communications. (Chicago, IL)
Rolling Stone seeks an assistant editor. (New York, NY)
The University of Illinois Press needs an acquisitions editor. (Champaign, IL)
Leader Enterprises is seeking a production designer. (Roswell, GA)
Kiplinger Washington Editors wants a business/energy industry journalist. (Washington DC)
The Oconomowoc Enterprise is seeking a reporter. (Waukesha, WI)
Sunshine Media Group wants an editor-in-chief. (Chattanooga TN)
22nd Century Media wants an assistant editor. (Orland Park, IL)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to’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 1392 jobs on our board.


The Washington Post is adding a new face to its Food section: Washington City Paper’s Tim Carman.

Carman had been with the City Paper since 2006, though he’s had the opportunity to freelance for WaPo throughout the years as well. At WaPo, he will take over for Jane Black, who left to write a book. He will cover, according to Food section editor Joe Yonan, “feature and news stories about restaurants, home cooking, ingredients, trends and other food-related topics for the Food section and other sections, including A1.” He’ll also be running the All We Can Eat food blog.

(via WaPo)

A How-To Guide For Seasonal Work

Looking to pick up some extra money around the holidays?

Most people grab an application from Target or Best Buy and hope to be hired manning a cashier or working the sales floor, but it’s not a bad idea to expand your search, the NYT says. Places that get busy around the holidays are movie theaters, catering companies, shipping companies, and the accounting departments of any major company.

If you can work daytime hours, a great tip per the NYT is to call former employers and mention that you can fill in for vacationing employees. (Though that may mean you get stuck working on Christmas/Hannukah/your holiday of choice. Them’s the breaks.)

And the usual job-search rules apply: be upbeat and enthusiastic, emphasize your qualifications, and don’t talk salary (or the employee discount) up front.

If you’re looking for a seasonal job that puts your media skills to work, assuming your company allows you, look for freelance work with any of the types of businesses mentioned above. Surely the swamped caterer would appreciate having an extra hand to run its e-mail list, for example.

Another One Bites The Dust

flickr: Karen Eliot

A young business journalist has walked away from her career—the career she says she’d wanted for years.


We’re not sure.

She says it’s because journalism doesn’t offer a career path anymore.

We’ll let you judge for yourself.

Talking Biz News posted, with Kat Greene‘s permission, her story of why she left journalism.

Here’s the 30-second version, posted without comment:

I was clicking annoyedly through stories on a blog that publishes gossip about the publishing industry, frustrated that I’d read the most interesting stories already. My phone rang. I looked at the caller ID: Unknown Number. They can leave a message, I thought, and clicked over to Facebook…

….[My boss] stared at his notebook as his new boss gave me two choices: I could cancel my trip home the following week and work extra hard for the next two weeks to prove to them my job was not redundant, or I could quit that day and be paid for my time without working.

…I thought I could leave college, become part of journalism and change it. I wanted to be a managing editor.

To be a managing editor of a news organization, you need to be in the business awhile. You need to start somewhere, as a reporter or copy editor, perhaps, and you need to work for a long time, slowly working your way through the system and getting promoted until one day, you are in charge. In the two years following college, I worked at three news organizations. The same thing happened at all three: I went in excited and ready to work. And within months I lost all my fire and settled into posture-checking and website-reading. As far as I can tell, the whole middle section of the path to being a managing editor is missing. Those reporters and editors are being laid off and forced back out into the job market, which means they’re leaving journalism for good. It makes you wonder why you’re doing what you do: If this road leads nowhere, why am I on it?

That’s one opening for another young journo, anyway.

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