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Janet Robinson’s ‘Consulting’ Arrangement Works Out To $25,000 Per Hour

Former New York Times CEO Janet Robinson’s multimillion-dollar severance package included a $4.5 million payment for a one-year consulting gig.

Footnoted.com has now dug into the numbers and learned that the consulting contract states that she won’t be “required to provide more than 15 hours of such services or assistance in any month.”

The contract doesn’t stipulate a minimum amount of work. “So if the Times never calls Robinson, she simply gets the $4.5 million. If it does call her and she ends up consulting for 15 hours a month, that’s an effective rate of $375,000 a month, or $25,000 per hour,” Footnoted says. She’s also due a bonus, which could bring her total exit package to $21 million.

Emphas.is Crowdfunds Visual Journalism



If you’re a photographer looking for funding, Emphas.is is a resource to have in your toolbox.

Similar to sites like Kickstarter, a photographer can pitch his or her project straight to the public, who agree to fund the project if and only if the photog can muster enough financial support for the whole thing.

The site runs kind of like a cross between Kickstarter and Spot.us, where a publisher can get exclusive first rights to a story by kicking in enough cash.

(However, since there are already plenty of photography projects on Kickstarter, we’re not sure whether there’s a need for a separate visual journalism crowdfunding site.)

On the other hand, plenty of projects have been funded through the site–which has recently begun offering a photobook option–so anything that helps media people continue their work and let their work see the light of day is probably a positive.

Stay With This Marketing Agency And It Will Make Your Dreams Come True

Dallas-based The Marketing Arm, a marketing and promotions company, is offering a fairly big chunk of cash to anyone who’s been with the company 7 years or more.

According to the Dallas Morning News the company has recently announced that anyone who’s been with the company for seven years will get seven days off and $2,500 to do something crazy they’ve never had the time or money for. Employees with 15 years of service will get 15 days off and $5,000.

The program will cost between $125,000 and $200,000 each year, depending on how many people take the offer.

The catches:

The days have to be taken in one chunk. The time and money must be used to do something personally rewarding or something that betters the lives of others. A four-person review committee approves proposals.

About 50 staffers qualify this year (including those who’ve already passed a seven- or 15-year milestone). Some of the things they’ve planned:

Travis Dillon, director of property management, wants to go to surfing camp in Costa Rica.
Stu Hill, senior conceptor (that’s someone who creates marketing concepts), wants to travel to India for a meditation retreat.
Michelle Palmer, senior vice president, wants to learn how to paint at an art school in Sedona, Ariz.

The Marketing Arm is a part of Omnicom and counts AT&T, Frito-Lay, American Airlinesand GameStop among its clients.

Parade’s New Hire | Where To Work When Your Couch Isn’t Cutting It | More News You Need From The Weekend

Good morning. Today we have news of chef and food columnist Jon Ashton being added at Parade as a contributing editor and live cooking show host…Mainstreet looks at where you should take your laptop if your couch is no longer the oasis of concentration it once was (ha!), Jason Kincaid quits TechCrunch…and more….

Jobs Of The Day: Visionary Sought In Baltimore

Baltimore Magazine is hiring an online director. (Baltimore, MD)
NESN is looking for a senior broadcast designer. (Watertown, MA)
The Statesboro Herald is looking for an editor. (Statesboro, GA)
Murphy O’Brien is seeking a PR senior account executive. (Santa Monica, CA)
Lubrizol is hiring a marketing services intern. (Wickliffe, OH)
Gravity Media is hiring a media planner/buyer. (New York, NY)
Waterbrook Multnomah (a Random House imprint) is hiring an associate editor. (Colorado Springs, CO)
Ubisoft has an open position: a senior digital marketing manager. (San Francisco, CA)
The Sak Brand Group is seeking a graphic designer/production artist. (New York, NY)
The Academy of General Dentistry seeks a PR manager. (Chicago, IL)
Nickelodeon Games Group seeks a creative director. (Glendale, CA)

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 1473 jobs on our board.

Post Sweetens Buyout Deal, But Not Enough To Reach Agreement

The Washington Post is in the middle of trying to pay up to 48 of its employees to leave, and time has run out on negotiations between the Post and the Guild as to what constitutes a fair offer. Therefore, the Post gets to make its final offer under the terms of the guild contract.

The paper will offer 3.25 weeks of severance pay for every year of service, up from the 2.5 weeks the company initially offered, but down from the five the Guild asked for.

It will increase health insurance coverage to a full 12 months for everyone who takes the buyout.

And it makes part-time reporters, but not part-time support staff, eligible for the buyout.

Final offers will go out next Wednesday, and employees will have 45 days to decide if they want in. During this same period, the company is going to offer raises to employees it wants to demonstrate an interest in retaining.

The guild says:

“The Post’s buyout offer is better than it was at the start of negotiations. But we still feel that many will find it inadequate when considering whether to surrender jobs that they have long considered to be their calling. We also believe this buyout offers yet another unsettling glimpse at the Post’s business strategy, which appears to be a belief in cutting costs at every turn while promising readers that they will still receive the level of coverage and professional quality that earned the Post a national reputation for excellence.”

Norwalk Hour Employees Strike Tentative Deal With Paper

The Newspaper Guild at the Norwalk (Conn.) Hour and the paper have reached a tentative deal for a new three-year contract.

If approved, the contract would provide for 2 percent raises for each of the next three years, decrease employee contributions to health care premiums, and a clause that prevents the paper from replacing full-time employees with temps.

A vote is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Washington Post Company Reports Shrunken Income On Ad Rev Drop

The Washington Post Company reported a 22 percent drop in earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011, from $79 million to $61.7 million, on a 10 percent decrease in revenues, from $1182 million to $1063.4 million.

Even Kaplan Inc, which is wholly owned by the Post Company, was less profitable than in the past, due to lower enrollment and recent regulations that have affected how Kaplan receives funding.

The publishing division, which we care most about here at MJD, saw revenue fall 4 percent in the fourth quarter, from $118.4 million to $181 million. The Washington Post itself saw a 6 percent drop in ad revenue, a lower amount of cash generated by its online properties, and a decline in circulation.

In the fourth quarter, the paper reported a profit of $7.4 million, but over the year, the division is reporting a loss of $18 million.

The Tablet Long Tail | Engadget Editorial Director To…TMZ? | More Yesterday’s News

We’ve got a sweet interview with the digital director of Conde Nast UK…the news that Josh Fruhlinger, of Engadget, is heading to TMZ of all places (bit of an industry switch, innit?), and some other great stories below. PS, TGIF, am I right?

Dan Rather: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s series “My First Big Break,” we speak to HDNet “Dan Rather Reports” anchor and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. Did you know that if it weren’t for a hurricane that struck near Galveston, Texas, he might never have had his shot at working in network news? That among other things, he had to deal with thousands of snakes in order to report on the story? That he helped create a weather-reporting graphic that has become ubiquitous on TV news? Below, Rather talks about the event that brought him to the attention of CBS in New York, and changed his professional life.

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