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The State of The Media Job Industry: Growth In August 2010

Once again we take a look at three major job boards serving the media industry to see how they’ve fared. August was a much better month than June (the last time we did this) for mediabistro.com’s board, with postings hitting a series high of 1402 on Friday, August 27. Journalismjobs.com also saw some growth, but Bookjobs.com’s growth slowed somewhat.

We present to you the graphs. These represent the interval of time between May 1 and August 30; the blue line serves as a measure of absolute postings while the red line is a moving average meant to smooth out fluctuations. For more on our methodology, click the jump.

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This is a very unscientific survey, but we thought we’d try to make clear what we’re doing anyway.

It’s very simple. Around the same time every afternoon, we visit each job board and make a note of how many postings are listed. So this doesn’t measure the quality of postings, account for duplicates, or even guarantee that one board with bigger numbers is better than a board with smaller numbers. Heck, it doesn’t even account for the days that we’re sick and forget to check the post total. But it does at least give jobseekers some idea of what they’re up against.

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