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Archives: December 2011

Jobs Of The Day: Take To The Skies With Ink

Okay, so when we first saw the job listing for an assistant art director at Ink in Brooklyn, we thought this was this:
But lo, when you remove the “ed,” you get a completely different company. Ink is the company that publishes this:
Nope. Not the same thing at all. But if you prefer beautiful oceans and stunning vistas to badass tats (we’re not judging either way), maybe you wanna hope more people make the same mistake. Heh.

The Rawlins Daily Times has an open position: an assistant editor/lead reporter. (Rawlins, WY)
Brad’s Deals is seeking a freelance editor. (Chicago, IL)
Philips is seeking a director of field marketing. (Bothell, WA)
Crain Communicatons Inc is seeking an automotive writer. (Detroit, MI)
The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group needs a marketing assistant. (New York, NY)
Conde Nast needs a senior marketing manager. (New York, NY)
WRNN TV needs a social media specialist. (Port Chester, NY)
CORE has an open position: a PR associate. (New York, NY)
TRC Companies is seeking a marketing graphic designer. (Lowell, MA)
The Country Music Association is looking for a market research director. (Nashville, TN)

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 1183 jobs on our board.

Almost Half of Freelance Business Journos Polled Say Their Salaries Have Risen

International Money Pile in Cash and Coins

A big change since last year when a poll conducted by the Society of American Business Writers and Editors showed that most freelance business journalists were making $25,000 to $30,000 a year. The typical freelance business journalist now makes between $30,000 and $35,000. A few are making more, though&$151;a lot more: six respondents said they were making six figures.

“These results are encouraging for business journalists who rely on various media organizations for a living,” Kevin Noblet, SABEW’s president, said in a statement. “It confirms that industry conditions are improving, helping freelancers across the country.”

Nearly three-fourths of the survey respondents said they were still making less than when employed by a newsroom, but almost the same amount (seven in 10) said they didn’t want to go back to full-time work. Guess the perks of working from home and setting their own hours were just too awesome.

Not Too Many People Use QR Codes But They Wish They Did?

While the “real world” of average people who buy products hasn’t really caught on to the idea of QR codes, they (along with other “real-world-based tools” like augmented reality) are exciting to a lot of marketers.

In a nonscientific poll from SmartBrief’s “SmartPulse”, nearly a quarter of marketers said they were most excited about these technologies, choosing them over location-based social networks, niche social networks, and mobile support for social networking.

Smartbrief is careful to point out that “this poll isn’t so much about what our readers expect in the new year, so much as what they’re hoping to see in 2012.” So there may be a reason—whether technological or otherwise— that explains why it may be unrealistic for QR codes to take off.

Or maybe they’re just waiting for the right implementation…got any ideas?

WHDH-TV Reaches Agreement With Union

The union that represents Boston’s WHDH-TV anchors and reporters has come to an agreement with the station for a new three-year contract that provides 2 percent raises in exchange for the gradual phasing out of fees paid to anchors and reporters for appearing on air.

The Boston Globe reports that this agreement is more than two years in the making and took some “difficult and protracted” negotiation.

After the station and AFTRA‘s Boston chapter couldn’t agree on the fee and salary structure or on how to handle age discrimination complaints, talks broke off over the summer, and the union even went so far as to urge its members to boycott WHDH’s high-profile health expo, which meant viewers couldn’t meet their favorite anchors as promised.

Pay for on-air talent is based on a combination of base salary and on-air appearance fees, which can account for up to half a reporter’s pay, the Globe says. But “People are glad that it’s [the negotiation is] over, and wanted to move forward,” Tom Higgins, executive director of the guild, told the Globe.

NYT Sends Out Regional Media Group FAQ That Answers Almost No Questions; Employees To Learn By Thursday Whether They Still Have Jobs

The New York Times, as previously mentioned, is selling its Regional Media Group papers to Halifax Media Holdings. The sale is official as of yesterday for $143 million.

According to a FAQ posted by Jim Romenesko, Halifax is making decisions within 48 hours as to which employees they will keep and which will be laid off.

The FAQ answers very few of the other frequently asked questions, however: The answer to “Will the buyers reduce headcount?” was answered as “That decision will be made by Halifax.” Helpful. In another answer, the Times does say that Halifax has “committed to making offers of employment to the vast majority of employees,” but that’s about it.

“Will there be any changes made to the properties? That decision will be made by Halifax. Are you planning to sell other Times Company properties? As you know, it is our long-standing policy not to comment on acquisitions and divestitures. Should I plan to look for another job? We cannot advise employees on their personal, professional decisions.”

One commenter on Romenesko’s blog has it right with his hypothetical final FAQ question and answer pair: “Will the door hit me in the ass on my way out? We cannot advise employees on whether the door will hit their ass on the way out. You are free to move your ass in such a way as to avoid letting the door hit it.”

We’re tagging this post with “layoffs” even though none have yet officially been announced because they seem…well…inevitable.

Habits That Can Cost You | The ‘End’? Of The 9-5 Workday | More News You Need To Know

Ask A Manager describes habits that can get you fired….Time’s Moneyland blog says that the 9 to 5 workday is over (but we say it’s been over for a while)….mobile is on its way up, presenting hundreds if not thousands of new career opportunities…and more….

Jobs Of The Day: Sail The Seas With CruiseCritic, More

Ah, the fresh salt air of the ocean, mingling with the scents of artificial leis and the fried shrimp at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Sounds like a cruise to us! The website Cruise Critic is hiring a news editor. Based in Pennington, New Jersey, you’d write Cruise Critic stories and blog posts, work with freelancers and staff, and generally keep the site moving smoothly. Good luck and may the seas always bring you a favorable wind.

PGATour.com seeks a social media coordinator. (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
Umami Co is looking for a freelance social media manager. (New York, NY)
GAPRC wants an interactive senior designer. (Irving, TX)
McMurry is looking for a managing editor. (Phoenix, AZ)
Earth Fare wants a community relations coordinator. (Birmingham, AL)
Streetwise Reports is looking for an associate editor in the life sciences. (Petaluma, CA)
Melville House seeks a publicist. (Brooklyn, NY)
AOL seeks an associate editor. (New York, NY)
Construction News has an open position: a writer/editor. (San Antonio, TX)
The Greene Space (NY Public Radio) wants a web producer. (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 1155 jobs on our board.

Lawsuit May Clarify Who Owns Twitter Followers

twitter-logo.pngIf a social media marketer leaves his job and changes his Twitter handle, who gets to keep the followers?

This has been asked before but now what we’re fairly sure is the first lawsuit related to the matter has been filed.

The NYT reports that Oakland writer Noah Kravitz quit his job at Phonedog.com and took his Twitter account with him (with, he says, the company’s blessing). With Phonedog’s permission, he changed his screenname from Phonedog_noah to NoahKravitz but kept the 17,000 followers he’d gained.

Then here’s what happened:

When he left, he said, PhoneDog told him he could keep his Twitter account in exchange for posting occasionally.

The company asked him to “tweet on their behalf from time to time and I said sure, as we were parting on good terms,” Mr. Kravitz said by telephone.

And so he began writing as NoahKravitz, keeping all his followers under that new handle. But eight months after Mr. Kravitz left the company, PhoneDog sued, saying the Twitter list was a customer list, and seeking damages of $2.50 a month per follower for eight months, for a total of $340,000.

PhoneDog’s claim that social media followers amount to a client list may be hard to uphold in court, a lawyer told The Guardian. “Can a public account, with a ‘followers’ list compiled of public Twitter members actually be considered confidential?”

An IP lawyer in New York, Henry J. Cittone, said that the case is important for the precedent it sets. “This will establish precedent in the online world, as it relates to ownership of social media accounts,” he told the NYT. “We’ve actually been waiting to see such a case as many of our clients are concerned about the ownership of social media accounts vis-á-vis their branding.”

Kravitz, for his part, says this is simply a retaliation lawsuit. He claims he is owed 15 percent of the site’s ad revenue and back pay.

“They’re suing me for over a quarter of a million dollars,” he said. “From where I’m sitting I held up my end of the bargain.”

McClatchy To Consolidate Copy Desks?

The Sacramento Bee and the Bee Guild are in discussions over a proposed plan to consolidate the copy desks at the Bee and four other McClatchy-owned California papers, the guild reports.

The plan calls for combining the desks of the five papers at one central location. Existing copy editors, page designers and Internet developers would keep their current pay and benefits, and McClatchy would hire 20-30 new people, some full-time and some part-time.

McClatchy hasn’t even officially decided whether to proceed, but Bee HR director Linda Brooks said an announcement would be made in early January. Bee management, Brooks added, want the desk to be located in Sacramento, but “the Bee’s chances of getting the desk in Sacramento would be influenced by whether it could do it at a cost that would be acceptable to the publishers of the other McClatchy papers in California, which have lower salary scales,” the Guild reported.

If McClatchy goes ahead with the plan, it wouldn’t be the first chain to do so. Cox just announced earlier this quarter that it was outsourcing the copy editing of its four major dailies; Media General did so with three major papers last year, saving $1m annually; Gannett did the same in New Jersey all the way back in 2009. Meanwhile, the debate about how much local and institutional knowledge is lost with moves like these is still ongoing.

‘I Have No Idea What You Do But I’m Glad You Have A Job’

An art director takes to the Xtranormal (talking animals) movie engine to make this clip of an art director home for the holidays trying to explain to Mom what it is, exactly, that he does. “Did you take the picture of the steak in the ad?” “No, a food photographer took the picture.” “Did you cook the steak?” “No, a food stylist cooked it.” And so on. Har har. Having a job nobody outside the ad world understands is definitely a bummer.

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