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Archives: February 2011

Rocky Mountain News Staffers, Happier Two Years After Paper’s Demise

More of the former Rocky Mountain News staffers who lost their jobs when the paper closed in February 2009 say life is better now than when they were at the paper, says John Temple, former editor of the Rocky Mountain News and conductor of semi-annual surveys of former staffers.

Read the stories of ex-staffers who have done all sorts of things since the paper closed: started a freelance photography business, taken a PR job, become a teacher.

Some say life has gotten worse since leaving the paper:

I don’t think my life will ever be the same after the experience I had at the Rocky. Don’t get me wrong, my family and I are doing fine. I’m excited about graduating with my master’s degree and becoming a secondary English teacher. My children have reaped the benefits of having their mom at home to provide school, sports and activities support. I’ve been able to become more involved in parent and church groups. I answered “somewhat worse” because the rich intellectual, collaborative and caring environment I’ve lost since the Rocky has closed leaves a hole in my life that can never be refilled. —Melissa Pomponio, former presentation editor, now studying for a master’s in teaching

Others are thrilled to be gone:

My current job treats people with more respect than what I saw at the Rocky. I was bored the last few years at the Rocky and in my new field I am creatively and intellectually stimulated and feel that my efforts are valued. But I miss my friends in the newsroom a lot. I also miss going to work after it was light out.—Lisa Bornstein, theater critic/feature writer, now teaching fourth-grade at Denver Jewish Day school.

There are an astonishing number of stories here, each different. A fascinating read for anyone wondering about life after journalism.

David Eun Exits AOL

AOL head of media David Eun has announced he will leave the company once its acquisition of The Huffington Post is complete and Arianna Huffington takes over his responsibilities.

Eun’s the guy who made this silly, lighthearted video about how great AOL’s doing just a few months back.

Eun was reportedly offered a job in AOL’s video unit, but he declined. From his e-mail to staff:

With the historic acquisition of The Huffington Post, my role and responsibilities as president, Aol Media are changing. Tim and I have discussed at length how I might continue within the new organizational structure, but ultimately, there isn’t a role that matches what I am seeking to do.

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SF Weekly Seeks Cultured Managing Editor

Are you a journo with a passion for news and culture? Village Voice Media has the perfect job for you. The publishing company is currently looking for a managing editor for SF Weekly.

In this role, you’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of the editorial department, working to produce daily blog posts and long-form features. You’ll manage staff and freelance writers, while ensuring best practices and quality content.

The ideal candidate is an experienced journalist with top-notch writing, editing and management skills. You should be a Web-savvy leader, who can handle the challenges of daily online reporting, as well as the demands of print work. Of course, a love of San Francisco is key. Interested? Apply here.

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

It’s Finke Vs. Waxman In Hollywood Feud

Nikki Finke‘s Deadline.com has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sharon Waxman‘s TheWrap.com, claiming that TheWrap writers are thieves. The letter accuses TheWrap.com of repurposing Deadline.com’s exclusive content.

As our sister blog FishbowlLA reports, the letter doesn’t mention “any specific instances of intellectual theft,” rather claims a pattern of “widespread, systematic repurposing.”

But, the letter seems to imply, TheWrap has bigger problems:
“While we recognize that TheWrap News Inc. (WNI) is faced with the challenge of constant staff turnover, we strongly recommend that WNI take this problem seriously, investigate TheWrap.com’s journalistic practices, and establish guidelines, checks and balances that will hopefully prevent, not encourage, future infringement.”

Ouch.

Beyond.com Sees Good News For Entry-Level Jobseekers

The largest percentage of online job postings are for entry-level positions, reports Beyond.com.

Beyond.com is a network of niche job boards and in its Fourth Quarter 2010 Career Trend Analysis Report, released yesterday, the company found that 78 percent of the positions it surveyed were for candidates with one year of experience or less. This means that entry-level positions gained 13 percent marketshare over the same postings a year ago, Beyond said.

More than 70 percent of industries have more open jobs posted this year than they did a year ago at this time, but the top ten industries for entry level jobs were:

1. Clerical & Administrative
2. Sales & Sales Management
3. Merchandising, Purchasing & Retail
4. Arts, Entertainment & Gaming
5. Customer Service
6. Management & Business
7. Accounting & Finance
8. Information Technology
9. Healthcare & Medical
10. Engineering & Architecture

“As we continue to come out of the recession many companies will have a tendency to build from the bottom up, hence the increase in available entry level jobs,” Beyond.com CEO Rich Milgram said in a statement. “One challenge the class of 2011 may encounter is the fact that they will have to compete with grads from previous years as there are several entry level candidates from previous classes still looking for jobs, however these revived opportunities seen at the entry level are a good indicator that the economy as a whole will continue to grow.”

Dissatisfied Client Slams Entire PR Industry…Are You Gonna Let Him Do That?

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So, yes, Bruce Buschel (that’s not a photo of him) has experience working with PR firms. He’s been a client and a journalist in need of their services. And lately, thanks to some truly awful experiences with a few PR firms, he’s not too keen on the whole PR industry.

On the New York Times You’re The Boss blog, which covers small business, Buschel describes what happened when he tried to work with a PR firm to promote his new restaurant.

Short version: it didn’t go well.

Long version: “As the October opening approached, nary a word had been written about the restaurant….After months of working on the Southfork account, the P.R. people had arrived at a few conclusions: a) this blog was a problem, either scooping them or getting in their way, b) other area restaurants were equally sustainable and/or organic, and c) ‘We have to taste your food in order to get excited about doing our jobs.’”

The second firm he hired sent him an unsolicited three-page document full of what “we had done wrong. Let us count the ways: wrong food, wrong presentation, wrong prices, wrong service, wrong approach, wrong recipes, wrong name. Really. Wrong name.”

From all this he concludes that he’d rather be on Twitter than employ a PR firm, and plus: “It would be crazy to categorize all public relations people as crazy, so let’s just say that P.R. people drive me crazy. All of them. As a client, as an interviewer of clients, as an avoider of clients they are selling too hard, and now as a client again. What I have finally come to understand is that P.R. people are paid to twist reality into pretzels and convince you that they are fine croissants. At some point, they actually believe their own concoctions.”

Not surprisingly, PR practitioners jumped into the comments saying that Buschel probably was expecting too much. Said one:

My takeaway is that you confounded the first firm with a launch date that was a moving target, competing do-it-yourself communications (your blog), a basic lack of differentiation (if it was, in fact, true that there were competitors who shared your sustainable/organic vibe), and probably some deficit in your own knowledge base that led to misunderstandings and poorly-calibrated expectations.

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Jobs Of The Day: Radar Needs A Photo Editor, More


RadarOnline.com needs a photo editor. You’ll be based in Los Angeles and seeking out the best celebrity photos.

This is the perfect gig for an entertainment-savvy digital natives with a visual eye. But if your head starts to hurt after seeing too many Lady Gaga pics and you can’t tell one Kardashian from another, you might prefer…..

The Jun Group needs a social media manager. (New York, NY)
Baxter seeks a manager, or senior manager, of communications. (Deerfield, IL)
The Heritage Foundation seeks a graphic designer. (Washington, DC)
The Integer Group is seeking a copywriter. (New York, NY)
Ernst & Young LLP needs a global social media editor. (Secaucus, NJ)
Visa has an open position: a senior business leader of digital & social media communications. (San Francisco, CA)
Crain Communications wants a marketing and events manager. (New York, NY)
The Midland Reporter-Telegram seeks a page designer. (Midland, TX)
Cognito is seeking a marketing account executive. (New York, NY)
Bedford, Freeman & Worth is seeking an associate media producer. (Boston, MA)

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 1432 jobs on our board.

Sites That Get More Visits Than The Competition Are Bad Business?

So, TBD as a general local news site was killed today, and it’s on its way to becoming a niche arts and entertainment site with a much smaller staff.

The reasons for the cuts: financial, we’ve heard. In fact, last week WJLA manager Bill Lord, who was put in charge of TBD earlier this month, told Poynter:
“‘We need to be more cost conscious, and we need more page views.”

But if that’s the case, then WJLA has some ‘splainin’ to do, says blogger Michael Boyd Clark (who is a member of the TBD community network of bloggers).

He put together some charts measuring TBD.com’s traffic against its likely competitors–the three other TV stations in the Washington, DC area. In less than six months, the charts show, TBD was beating its competitors in both unique and total monthly pageviews.

But hey, maybe Allbritton didn’t consider other TV stations websites to be its competition. Maybe TBD was trying to compete with other news outlets, like the Washington City Paper or DCist.

We ran our own chart:

Pageviews of course aren’t the only metric. If they’re achieved at high cost (i.e. if TBD’s numbers require twice or three times the staff of its competitors) we can still understand why Lord would want to cut staff. But the numbers do limn today’s news in another light.

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