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Archives: November 2011

Getty Cuts Pay For Photojournalists

Photo agency Getty has sent a new contract to its editorial contributors that specifies a flat 35 percent royalty for all sales, reports PDN.

Under the current arrangement, photographers could get as much as 50 percent revenue per image sale. But photographers who don’t sign the new contract will be terminated, PDN says.

Getty’s plan is to lower the prices it asks for photos, in order to better compete with low-priced competitors. But when PDN asked about this, a spokesperson said: “[W]e are developing new ways for customers to use more of our content and as a result, new ways to pay contributors must be created in these situations.”

But, Getty says, there are a few upsides: Getty is “‘making changes and improvements around how we share and license our content, which will benefit our photographers,’ by providing more exposure and more potential for sales of their images,” the spokesperson told PDN. Hmm.

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Jobs Of The Day: Say ‘Parev’ To Your New Career At Yerevan Magazine

That means “Hello” in Armenian! You’ll need a little more than just a phrasebook to land this editorial director job at Yerevan magazine, though..three years of magazine experience and an in-depth understanding of Armenian culture are just the beginning. Good luck!

The Miles City Star seeks a general assignment reporter. (Miles City, MT)
World Scientific Publishing Company is seeking a marketing/sales coordinator. (Hackensack, NJ)
Zindigo needs an art director. (New York, NY)
The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions is hiring a PR manager. (New York, nY)
Nancy Coffey Literary seeks a literary assistant. (New York, NY)
Sunset Magazine is looking for an editor in chief. (Menlo Park, CA)
Digital Brand Expressions wants a content marketing specialist. (Plainsboro, NJ)
RT News Channel wants a segment producer. (Washington, DC)
Stern + Associates has an open position: a media relations specialist. (Cranford, NJ)
Rodale is hiring a senior art director. (Emmaus, PA)

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 1182 jobs on our board.

Gawker Gets A New Editor

Gawker editor-in-chief Remy Stern is stepping down, and Gawker is replacing him with Deadspin’s AJ Daulerio.

Daulerio had been looking for outside opportunities before the promotion, the New York Observer reports. “The site was basically at the place where I was going to want it to be,” he told the Observer, so he had been ready to move on.

Stern will be consulting for Gawker Media and helping with “new editorial initiatives,” according to a memo from Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton.

“It’s not as if Gawker in crisis,” the memo also said. “But we need to release the full potential of the site’s excellent roster of writers — and fill out the team with new hires. AJ has proven himself as both developer and recruiter of editorial talent. That’s what the site needs right now. Hence the switch.”

Daulerio’s spot at Deadspin will be filled by deputy editor Tommy Craggs.

Economist Claims A Million Monthly Mobile Readers As Profits Rise

The Economist reported operating profit of £26.2 ($40.49) million for April-September 2011, and said that its iOS and Android apps have surpassed a combined three million downloads.

Moreover, more than a million people read the Economist on the app each month; the app itself and six articles per issue are free, but full access requires readers to be subscribers.

That £26.2 million profit is up 6 percent year over year, but would have been up nearly twice as much, to 11 percent, if the US dollar hadn’t been so weak, Economist group chairman Rupert Pennant-Rea said in a statement.

Even still, the magazine reported a 12% increase in ad revenue, buoyed by gains in America and Asia.

Check Out This Crazy Home Office That Sits In Your Front Yard

Okay, we know what you’re thinking….yard? But say you’re one of those non-New-York-dwelling people (we know you exist)…then you totally are slobbering over this spherical “Archipod,” designed to be an oasis of creativity just steps from your front door.

Even answering the boss’s 5am email wouldn’t be so bad if you had one of these things to retreat to, we think.

There are plenty more pictures at Archipod’s site but just to tantalize you a little:

Cyber Monday Cuts Into 50% Of Americans’ Work Time

I Love Shopping su InternetImportant news: half of Americans plan to spend today seeking out deals online instead of doing work, according to that really awesome flat-screen HDTV that’s marked down 60 percent. Uh, according to MarketWatch and a CareerBuilder survey. That’s actually slightly down from last year, said CareerBuilder’s Michael Erwin, though those shoes are still completely fabulous and a steal at $39.99.

Erwin said that employees will spend an average of an hour today, not doing their work but instead shopping for deals on gadgets, video games, clothing, and toys like the Lego Ninjago Lightning Dragon set, which is marked down and is one of the items on their nephew’s wish list. Score!

Erwin also reminded workers that 22 percent of employers have fired someone for using company Internet on personal matters, so “you need to police yourself,” he said, no matter how cheap that refurbished Roomba is.

Unhappy Feet | Young Turks Hiring | More Weekend’s News

Ugh….if you are still recovering from the massive tryptophan binge that was this four-day weekend, you may not even care to read the following news stories. But let’s say you’re feeling fresh and relaxed and ready to start the workweek…in that case, you’ll be interested to know about the layoffs at Dr D Studios, the new hires behind the scenes at Current TV’s ‘The Young Turks,’ and more….

Tribune Co To Pay Randy Michaels $675,000 Settlement

Tribune Co. has agreed to pay former CEO Randy Michaels a settlement of $675,000, plus $50,000 in legal fees, reports TheWrap.

Why exactly is he getting this money? Michaels resigned in October 2010 after a damning New York Times article made the place look like a madhouse.

But Michaels later claimed he was eligible for a bonus through the company’s “management incentive plan.” TheWrap: “The MIP says that one must be employed to collect the bonus, except in cases of death, disability, retirement and termination without cause. Michaels said he quit because he assumed he would be fired.”

Tribune decided to settle rather than fight it out.

The settlement still requires approval from a bankruptcy judge, as the company is still in bankruptcy.

Romenesko called up David Carr, who wrote the NYT story that started this whole thing off, to ask how he felt. Carr said: “I’m sure there are some expedient reasons that the TribCo chose to pay Mr. Michaels $675,000 and cover his legal fees, but it sends a clear, bad message to the women and men at the company who continue to do their jobs well in spite of the overhang of bankruptcy process that has gone on far too long.”

Cutbacks At CNBC?

A New York Post item reports that the financial news network is being asked to pull back on spending by its corporate overlord, Comcast.

CNBC Europe “didn’t meet its budget for the first time in forever,” a source told the Post. Meanwhile, “Squawk On The Street,” normally broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange, was scheduled to go on a road trip—that’s been canceled. And correspondent Michelle Caruso Cabrera has been told to travel less after having spent too much time covering the Greek financial crisis.

A CNBC rep told the NYP that “CNBC has never been stronger or better and is tracking for a sixth consecutive year of record financial performance. You don’t become first in business worldwide by skimping on content and coverage.”