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Archives: September 2011

Jobs Of The Day: Mullen Wants You, Bad

You know who’s hiring? Mullen. They have about eight billion (only a slight exaggeration) jobs on mediabistro.com’s board right now. Producers, designers, account executives, copywriters, analysts, and more—they have a lot of jobs posted right now, so get on that.

Otherwise…..

The Motley Fool is looking for a marketing manager of new product development. (Alexandria, VA)
Ethan Allen Global needs a social media coordinator. (Danbury, CT)
Liggett Stashower is hiring a copywriter. (Cleveland, OH)
Thomson Reuters is looking for a senior wealth management reporter. (New York, NY)
Car and Driver magazine has an open position: a designer. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Ciena Corporation has an open position: a marketing analyst. (Linthicum, MD)
Worth Economics (part of Macmillan) needs an associate media editor. (New York, NY)
The New York Botanical Garden is looking for a web content specialist. (Bronx, NY)
The Associated Press seeks a terrorism/federal courts reporter. (Dallas, TX)
The Southern Poverty Law Center wants a new media content manager. (Montgomery, AL)

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 1356 jobs on our board.

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Two Long Island Weeklies Get Mysterious Cash Infusion From (Probably) Haters

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Folks at The Suffolk Times and The Riverhead News-Review on Long Island are scratching their heads over the total selling out of last week’s edition.

The papers originally printed a combined 8,620 copies, the New York Times says, and had to print another 5,500 copies to keep up with demand after every copy of the paper vanished from newsstands.

Is journalism saved, or at least on the community weekly level? Sadly, no: At least 4,000 of those sales were due to four people buying every single copy a store had, at $1.50 each (meaning the newspapers just grossed an extra $6,000).

The papers’ owner, Troy Gustavson, joked that perhaps the sales were due to “someone involved in a truly monumental school project; someone really proud of their grandchild on the honor roll; someone with a great deal of precious glassware to pack…” or someone unhappy about a story.

He continued:

So now, dear reader, let us speculate as to who and what was behind this unprecedented run on newsstand copies of your local paper. Please select from one of the following:

A) Proud members of the 125-year-old Southold Fire Department.

B) Proud members of the Shoreham-Wading River varsity football team, which beat Greenport, 19-0.

C) Local political operatives concerned about the opposition’s attack ads.

D) Associates of the Riverhead doctor charged with Medicare fraud.

Hmmmm….we’re betting it’s not the football team.

New York Observer Suggests Media Orgs Hire The Daily Staff, Themselves

The New York Observer has come up with a list of the 25 “most poachable” names in media—more or less a scoring of the folks with the most talent, the smallest (relative) salaries, and the most vulnerable employers. It’s not scientific, and it’s kind of just a big old media lovefest, yet we’re fascinated.

On the list: three staffers from The Daily (Zach Baron, staff reporter for culture, managing editor Mike Nizza, contributing editor Elizabeth Eaves), New York Times staffers like T Magazine editor-in-chief Sally Singer and Andrew Ross Sorkin of Dealbook, and twenty others, mainly (but not entirely) from Web operations like TechCrunch, Grantland, and Eater.com.

Not on the list: anyone who works at the New York Observer—however, the editors say, “Feel free to shop around” (while linking to their masthead).

The NYO also came up with a “ballpark poachability number,” or how much you’d have to pay said media personality to get them to jump ship. It’s interesting looking at the numbers, even if they are somewhat plucked out of the air.

Poachable #1, Sally Singer, has a BPN of $350,000-$400,000. #2, Chris Bodenner, who works for The Daily Dish (now part of The Daily Beast), has a BPN of $110,000. But if you want the fourth top media pro, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Janice Min, you’re going to need about $2.6 million. Wow, and they say there’s no money in media.

Unpaid Interns File Suit Against ‘Black Swan’ Studio

Two men, one a recent college graduate and one aged 42, have filed a lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures, the producer of Black Swan, saying their unpaid internships working on the film were illegal, the NYT reports.

Alex Footman, a 2009 film studies graduate, worked as an unpaid intern from October 2009 to February 2010.

His list of responsibilities should sound familiar to anyone who has taken an internship at a big media company: “preparing coffee for the production office, ensuring that the coffee pot was full, taking and distributing lunch orders for the production staff, taking out the trash and cleaning the office.”

“The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities,” Footman told the New York Times.

The other plaintiff in the suit is an Eric Glatt, 42, who was an “accounting intern.” According to the NYT, he “prepared documents for purchase orders and petty cash, traveled to the set to obtain signatures on documents and created spreadsheets to track missing information in employee personnel file.”

“If you want to get your foot in the door on a studio picture, you have to suck it up and do an unpaid internship,” he said. But now he’s named as a plaintiff anyway.

The suit says that the internships, since they consisted of menial work and not education, didn’t meet the Department of Labor’s standards of what an unpaid internship must be. (The DOL’s six-point fact sheet can be seen here.)

We think this is a noble move for interns everywhere but unlikely to get very far, especially because the internships were completed so long before the suit was filed. We understand the sentiment of not jeopardizing your current internship to complain about it but it doesn’t help your legal case.

Righthaven’s Colorado Suits Thrown Out

Copyright troll Righthaven has not filed any new lawsuits in Nevada in two months after most of its Nevada suits were dismissed by Judge John Hunt, who has called Righthaven “a law firm….masquerading as a company.”

Now a judge in Colorado has ordered all of Righthaven’s cases there to be dismissed, Ars Technica reports.

Righthaven’s business model involves suing bloggers and other websites who reuse its newspaper clients’ content without permission. The newspapers transfer copyright to Righthaven, which takes care of the messy legal proceedings, and then the paper and Righthaven split the proceeds.

That’s how it’s supposed to work. But documents unearthed earlier this year showed that Righthaven’s clients weren’t actually transferring copyright, only the right to sue. District Judge Roger Hunt in Nevada has not found that this is an acceptable use of copyright law, and it seems that Judge John Kane in Colorado agrees.

“A third-party who has been assigned the bare right to sue for infringement has no interest in the legal dissemination of the copyrighted material,” Kane wrote. “On the contrary…This prioritizes economic benefit over public access, in direct contradiction to the constitutionally mandated equilibrium upon which copyright law is based.”

Kane has ordered Righthaven to reimburse blogger Leland Wolf for his attorney’s fees. Wolf was sued by Righthaven for his use of a Denver Post photo of a TSA agent performing a pat-down. The Denver Post’s new owner has said that while copyright issues are very real, partnering with Righthaven was “a dumb idea.”

Arianna Is The Editor Of TechCrunch | Nightline’s DC Office Loses Two | Social Media Jobs And More Yesterday’s News

Michael Arrington can’t stop taking swipes at his former employer (who is now, he says, totally running the company he founded and sold)……The DC office of Nightline had three producers, but now with two moving to New York, their trio’s down to one…..social media jobs, at least, are on the rise….and more news from yesterday…..

Patch Freelance Budgets Slashed, AOL Seed Might Be Done

patch.com.logo.pngFreelance budgets at Patch sites across the country have been slashed except for “super compelling” stories.

Patch stringers were already not making princely sums, with most writers receiving $50 per story, but it sounds as if even that was costing too much. Patch has shown an increased propensity lately for using free writers, recently asking its network of editors to recruit a total of 8,000 more bloggers for the sites.

While we were reporting out this story, Business Insider beat us to it, by the way.

Meanwhile, AOL’s freelance article assignment platform, known as Seed and launched to much fanfare (look! Big screen TVs! Funny caves! Free popcorn!) earlier this decade, could be defunct. Seed boss Saul Hansell resigned his post months ago and according to Business Insider, there are no stories to claim on Seed.com.

That’s true, but the site says that it’s currently “transitioning to Seed 2.0.” We’ll let you know what we find out.

The Daily Is 75% Short On Readers

iPad newspaper The Daily is averaging 120,000 readers a week, or less than a quarter of what the company needs to be profitable, reports Bloomberg.

And since that 120,000 figure includes not just paying subscribers but also users trying out the two-week free trial, the number of people paying to read The Daily could be even fewer, Bloomberg says.

Daily owner Rupert Murdoch said earlier this year that half a million subscribers would be the “paper’s” break-even point. With the product soon to be available on Android, subscriber numbers might get a boost, but may still not reach 500,000.

The Daily’s advertising rates may not be helping, either: Bloomberg reports that the “paper” is asking for $1000 CPM, or several times the rate for many high-end publications.

Bloomberg points out that other newspapers with a circulation of 120,000 include The Blade in Toledo and the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY.

DOL, IRS, Seven States Team Up To End Employee Misclassification

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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, representatives from seven states, and the Internal Revenue Service signed a memo of understanding last week that explains the agencies will team up to end employee misclassification, or the process of calling a full-time employee a freelancer in order that the employer can avoid paying taxes and benefits.

“We’re standing united to end the practice of misclassifying employees,” said Secretary Solis in a statement. “We are taking important steps toward making sure that the American dream is still available for all employees and responsible employers alike.”

The press release announcing the Labor Department’s intensions is noble, writes lawyer Keith Reinfeld, but “does not provide any detail as to how this objective will be achieved.”

At a minimum, the IRS, DOL, and state agencies (in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington) will likely be able to share information and help detect misclassification, but we, too, don’t see where else this memo will take the government.

Employee misclassification is a popular trick with some unscrupulous employers as it can save an employer 20 or 30 percent in payroll costs, as there are no taxes, benefits, Medicare, or unemployment insurance to pay for. One study estimated that cracking down could net the government $700 million a year for the next ten years.

Jobless Claims Plummet To 391,000

First-time claims by the newly jobless for unemployment insurance sank 37,000 last week to 391,000, the lowest level since April and the first time since August that claims have fallen below 400,000, a number economists say is crucial to show hiring has begun to pick up.

Economists had forecast claims would drop just 3,000, the WSJ reports. This signifies that for at least one week, fewer companies were laying off workers—or at least, that’s one such interpretation.

According to the WSJ, “technical issues” might be behind the precipitous drop, in which case we should expect to see claims surge again next week.

Meanwhile, for the week ended Sept. 10, 6.9 million Americans, or almost 100,000 more than the prior week, were receiving some form of unemployment compensation.

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