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Archives: September 2011

The Strange Case Of Jerry Guo | Jose Antonio Vargas Plays Both Sides | More Yesterday’s News

As an intern at Newsweek, Jerry Guo used junkets and other freebies to fund his more serious reporting….Jose Antonio Vargas will cover immigration issues while also lobbying for immigration policy changes….and more stuff we gathered for you from yesterday…

Jobs Of The Day: Find Your Om At The Well Daily

The Well Daily, a website and daily newsletter about yoga, meditation, nutrition and all things wellness, seeks an online marketing and advertising pro. You’ll be responsible for lining up sponsorships and ad campaigns, arranging daily deals, and more.

The Well Daily has editions in Los Angeles and New York, but the position’s based in NY.

Not so in touch with your heart chakra? Try one of these other jobs…

The St. Croix Avis has an open position: an assistant editor. (Christiansted, Virgin Islands)
DailyCandy.com has an open position: a director of product management (web and social). (New York, NY)
BoomBox Inc needs a PR pro. (New York, NY)
Latina Media Ventures seeks a freelance copy editor. (New York, NY)
Viking (Penguin) seeks an associate editor. (New York, NY)
PopSugar Studios is hiring a bilingual (English/Spanish) TV host/reporter. (Santa Monica, CA)
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is hiring a new media outreach specialist. (Washington, DC)
Macmillan’s Quick & Dirty Tips seeks a director. (New York, NY)
Autotrader.com needs a director of employee communications. (Atlanta, GA)
Quin & Co. seeks a PR executive. (New York, NY)

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 1348 jobs on our board.

Hallmark Now Making Layoff Condolence Cards

Hallmark is now making condolence cards especially for people who’ve lost their jobs, Fox News and NPR report.

Customers “sent us letters. They phoned it in,” Hallmark creative director Derek McCracken told NPR. “They asked their retailers, you know, in their neighborhood, where do I find a card that says this?”

“This” turns out to be a wide variety of sentiments. According to blog The Biz of Life, one card reads, “Losing a job is just plain painful. So I want you to remember I’m in your cheering section …”

Another, Fox says, reads “Don’t think of it as losing your job, think of it as time between stupid bosses.”

Another features a cat saying “Is there anywhere I could hack up a hairball, like say, on a former employer’s head?” Oh ho ho, you silly cats.

Well, at least a few people at Hallmark probably get to keep their jobs thanks to these.

Dunkin Donuts: Marketers, Writers Among Highest In Coffee Consumption

Here’s a somewhat silly factoid to get you through Wednesday: According to a survey of 4,700 workers by Dunkin Donuts, the professions that consume the most coffee are, in order: scientists, marketers, PR people, education administrators, and editors and writers.

Of everyone who drinks coffee at work, 61 percent drink at least two cups a day. Workers in the northeast are most likely to drink coffee daily, and growing numbers of people aged 18-24 now say that coffee has helped their careers “by providing an opportunity to network with other co-workers,” Dunkin said.

Last, a disturbing trend: Writers and editors are also among those most likely to flavor their coffee. Yech.

The Miss Jobless Chronicles: Insurance Dilemma!

The Miss Jobless Chronicles is written by Caitlin O’Toole.

It’s been kind of a sad time. I lost my 16-year-old cat, Lucy, very suddenly to what I think was kidney failure. I don’t think she suffered, but I am still plagued by guilt that I could have done something to keep her alive or minimize her suffering (though I believe it was rather minimal).

I buried her ashes under a tree outside my building and planted some Pansy seeds so her sister Ethel could look out the window and see Lucy blossom into flowers in the spring.

I was walking past the tree the next day in the Indian Summer rain, kind of at peace at my decision to place my cat there, and this fucker flicked a cigarette butt that landed on Lucy’s fresh grave.

I held my tongue, but picked up the butt and threw it into the street. Lucy always hated smoke.

Then, a woman let her two Chihuahuas underneath the railing and into the flower bed to pee.

“Would you mind not letting your dogs in there?” I said.

She said nothing, but coaxed her dogs back onto the sidewalk.

The following day, she was back with her fucking dogs — again, they were peeing in the flower bed.

“If you don’t stop letting them relieve themselves in there I’m reporting you,” I go.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “We’re from California and they’re just not used to cement.”

Only in New York.

As I told you, I’ve been working some, which is such a relief. A total self esteem booster. However, because I am now in a different income bracket, I won’t be eligible for my Healthy New York insurance policy come the end of the year. Ah, the joys of freelance!

Healthy New York kind of sucks, by the way. It’s relatively cheap (about $350 a month) but that only covers very specific medical care and doesn’t cover certain prescriptions (like Xanax, which is so key!) Most important thing, of course, is that if anything — god forbid — happens to me, like I get hit in the head by a falling satellite, I have catastrophic coverage. It’s not really the everyday things that insurance is most important for, like sore throats. It’s really for the things you don’t see coming. (Like falling satellites.)

The company I work for isn’t taking taxes out of my check, which means I will be royally screwed in April. I’m saving up to buy a laptop before the end of the year so I can write it off. I make donations (however small) to good causes for the tax-deductible receipts. If I go out for a drink for a work-related chat, I save the “evidence.” I’m getting pretty anal retentive about bookkeeping.

I fantasize about going back to school sometimes. I recently met two people in grad school. One of them is a “performance artist” and a pretty good painter. I thought she might be going to the School of Visual Arts or Parsons. Turns out she’s going to some school I’ve never heard of.

“What are you majoring in?” I asked her, genuinely curious.

“Lactation.”

Oh.

I left it at that, wondering if there are are different levels of lactation classes. Like, in 101 you learn to maximize your milk production and in the next level you learn to pump. Wonder what happens in the advanced level.

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News Of The World Staff Feel ‘Frozen Out’

A new report from The Guardian shows that former staffers at the now-shuttered News of the World are not at all happy.

Problem #1: Only 23 of the paper’s 200 staffers have found other jobs within News International, not surprising given that News International attempted to give employees a list of open jobs within the country, many of which involved moving to Siberia.

Another 89 employees have taken “voluntary redundancy” aka buyouts.

Problem #2: Former News of the World Rebekah Brooks had promised staff she would hold a “town hall” meeting to address employment concerns, but Brooks’ successor, Tom Mockridge, wrote in a letter to the News International Staff Association that he “does not feel that a town hall style meeting is useful at this stage.”

One staffer told the Guardian: “We continue to be treated with contempt by News International at every stage of our consultation period. We have a lot of unanswered questions. Why all the broken promises from management?”

No More Complaining | Hires At Bloomberg Businessweek, THR | More Yesterday’s News

Happy Hump Day, all. First on sister blog TVNewser comes the news that the 92-year-old Andy Rooney is giving up his gig on 60 Minutes (but he’s keeping his office)…..The Hollywood Reporter has hired a new associate art director and Bloomberg Businessweek has named a new editor….and more news from yesterday, right here.

Cuts At Minneapolis City Pages

The Village Voice Media-owned alt-weekly for Minneapolis, Minn., City Pages, has cut two positions, reports David Brauer. That might not seem like a lot, but it’s a third of the paper’s six-person reporting staff.

The only actual layoff was food writer Rachel Hutton, but an open reporting position won’t be filled, Brauer says.

“Rachel was doing a great job,” editor Kevin Hoffman told Brauer, but the food ads just weren’t coming in. “I’m hoping this is a temporary loss, and we will eventually be able to get someone else in that role at a lesser rate. … We’re still deeply committed to the local food community.”

City Pages will now rely on freelancers to handle food features in print and online. A bigger freelance budget will also help the paper commission big cover stories.

What’s It Like To Learn Journalism From Jeff Jarvis?

In this piece for The Atlantic Wire, journalism student school alumnus Alex Abad-Santos calls Jeff Jarvis a “lanky guy who barely fills out his suit,” “Dumbledore or Gandalf,” “a soothsayer,” and “a guy who must have the last word.”

Others quoted in the piece say he’s a shameless self-promoter, a fast-talker, frenetic, smart, and Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

One thing’s for sure: being in his class sounds nuts.

He teaches entrepreneurial journalism for the CUNY graduate school of journalism, and students either love it or hate it.

“There’s a syllabus, it’s loose but there is one,” Collin Orcutt, a 2009 graduate, told Abad-Santos. “You practice your “elevator pitch” every day and we talked about business models every day…And how to make yourself and your business sustainable.”

When Jarvis originally proposed his course, all but one of the members of the school’s curriculum committee (composed of students and faculty) voted for it. The lone dissenter told Abad-Santos: “I found his proposal for the entrepreneurial program at CUNY to be half-finished and didn’t seem to show what the students would be doing, exactly, except listening to him…like a TED talk except you pay for it.”

He’s got a good track record, though: right about Twitter, right about entrepreneurial journalism (so far), and he’s got tons of former students who think he’s more than just a shameless self-promoter. Sign us up.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Amazon’s iPad, Putin’s Pecs, and Romney’s E. Coli Problem

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we unveil our new tablet device (which many of my roommates are calling an “iPad killer”) and discuss the future presidents of Russia and the U.S., among other things.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


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