|SUNOASIS JOBLOG- DECEMBER 2005
The year comes to an end. The world of writing and publishing saw its fair share of good, bad, and ugly. Writers are no different
than any other group: They go where the money is. More and more of that stuff is going online so it's a safe bet that more
writers will be making a living from the beast in the coming years. Print is a long way from disappearing and still has money behind it,
whatever you may read in the, mostly, online venues.
Employment is local as is said about many things. The local economy will often dictate whether the local publishing industry
is well or not. That is important to keep in mind.
We always like to offer some resources for writers. Look at these and apply them to your everyday writing life!
The Tongue Untied: A guide to grammar, punctuation and
style for journalists.
Research resources for writers.
How to edit your own writing.
Posted December 29, 2005
Folio has a cheeky run-down of the magazine news from
And Editor and Publisher does the same for
newspapers. The most interesting story in the coming years is how the newspaper will negotiate the new world of information, news, and
opinion. These days I glance at a newspaper the way I glance at old photographs of myself in neighborhoods I have stopped caring about. A moment
of curiosity is replaced by a need to focus on the present.
The legacy of the newspaper will be a great one, like the train or the whaling ship.
Posted December 27, 2005
The Boston Phoenix has an extensive
report on the ups and downs of journalism in 2005. Among the items covered are the 2,000 lost editorial jobs,
the aggressive turn journalists took in the wake of Katrina, and the Judith Miller/Plame story.
Are you a freelance writer curious about how to set fees? Try out these resources:
National Writer's Union
Posted December 22, 2005
Are journalists underpaid? Of course they
are although this article makes journalists out to be rather needy folk who just want life
to be nice and good to them. I don't know what the answer is but I don't think the effort
to enlist thousands of "citizen journalists" is going to help any.
Posted December 20, 2005
Steve Klein, of the Poynter Institute,
about the journalists of the future. Young people seeking journalism jobs will do less writing and
more podcasts or vidcasts. There will be new skill sets to learn. Hopefully they don't forget how to
write. In the long run it's not the technology but the heart and talent that counts. A dishonest journalist
is just as bad with a camera as with a pen.
Freelance writers come frequently to this site and we get a lot queries from young
people who want to venture out as free agents. Some decent thoughts about it:
25 very good ideas to be a freelance success from
a successful freelancer, Robert McGarvey.
Dealing with editors.
Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere
And don't forget the Freelance Resource
page on Sunoasis.
Posted December 19, 2005
This story from USA Today points
up the direction of the future in newsrooms. That is, the convergence of print and online operations. Those who learn how to
negotiate between these platforms will win out.
Infoworld's Jon Udell has some useful advice on creating
blog/print synergy. "For almost a decade I've used the
Web -- and most recently my blog -- to research, develop,
and enhance the articles I write for magazines....The basic
pattern is simple: a story gestates in blogspace, appears
in print and online, and then matures in blogspace."
Robert Niles' Journalism Help: Finding Data on the Internet
Posted December 15, 2005
Since journalism has been on our mind for awhile here are some of the best blogs and sites to keep up on what is really going on in journalism today. Journalists can be full of themselves but they, along with librarians, are the most resourceful people around. Journalists, by nature, are reformers and they've got the "big media" by the short hairs.
Tim Porter's First Draft
Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism
Jay Rosen's Press Think
All writers need interviewing skills. It's not as simple as it appears and there are
excellent tips by those who've done it for a long time. Here are some of the better tips:
How to score a great interview.
The art of the interview..
Thoughts on interviewing and writing..
The art of the interview.
Posted December 14, 2005
After reading this snide article on j-schools I thought to
myself, "writing is a profession of masters, not licenses.
You don't take a board test to certify yourself as a writer.
You read the masters, assimilate, imitate, fight them,
move on, and start to feel your sea-legs." School is
important to get the basics and to get exposed to resources
the students usually don't use. But, the more experience
you get the more important the resources become. Don't wait
until you are fifty to find this out.
Wendy Hoke is a Cleveland writer who has a very informative run-down on trends to look for in 2006 relative to freelance writing.
This is a very informative discussion on freelance writing from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Posted December 13, 2005
Here's a good run-down on the pitfalls of looking
for jobs online; and that includes journalism jobs and writing jobs. Why? Huge sites like Monster.com are serving a mass
audience and you are essentially like the thousands of people who line around the block for three pizza delivery jobs during
hard times. Niche sites and association sites are your best bet.
OK, you're out there ready to beat the bushes. Read this article to find out
what hiring managers are looking for. There are some specific and impressive tips to take to your resume and your interview.
Posted December 6, 2005
It's interesting that MoveOn.org, the activist organization, is
sending around a petition to stop the layoffs in the Tribune newspaper group. They have collected
thousands and thousands of petitions to stop layoffs in Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Orlando. I seriously doubt whether
it will have an effect on management decisions but it does indicate how weak the labor movement is these days.
How to prevent the demise of the newspaper? An infusion of
narrative journalism, that's how. In other words, transform the facts into story-telling. This will be the penultimate skill for
the writer. And I would recommend Writing for Story, by Jon Franklin and Follow the Story by James B. Stewart as contemporary
classics in the matter of non-fiction narrative.
Posted December 5, 2005
The Holidays can certainly interrupt things. That seems to be our experience
the past five years. We'd like to focus more on writing and job resources in the
upcoming months. Sunoasis is the first to recognize that there are many writers
and many opportunities for those with writing and editing skills. As has been
reported over the past year, it's not the newspapers anymore.
We'll try to take a more thematic approach and feature maybe a whole week
on getting resumes to the right people or researching writing markets and the like.
Anytime we come across a resource for journalists or writers looking for jobs
we'll certainly post it. Hope the Holidays are good for you!
Posted December 1, 2005
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