|SUNOASIS JOBLOG- FEB 2005
Read the Poynter survey that details
the concerns of journalists when trying to balance work and life. An astonishing
47% of those surveyed said they are thinking of leaving the field.
We keep an eye on the blogging world and it's emergence. There was a story
out of Spain of a blogger whose diary will be published in print. It occurs to one, looking
at the "we media" phenomena, that something is being left out of the discussion.
What is going to happen to the wages of journalists and earning power of freelance
writers if the media is able to enlist the help of thousands and thousands of
"citizen journalists" who write, practically, for free? I can't see it increasing
the demand for professional writers. So why are the one's promoting this idea
from the ranks of professional writers?
There's a news site in South Korea that uses "citizen journalists," on its
web page. To date they have enlisted 37,000 from around the world.
According to Mr. Magazine, Samir Husni, sex is no longer the
driving force behind new titles. Now it is
celebrity and ethnic magazines leading the way.
Another interesting trend is that editors from Britian are assuming
positions on American magazines. This story, in the
New York Sun, says that British editors know they are in a business and "have
more fun than their American counterparts." One of the better books on editing comes
from Britian's John Morrish. It's called Magazine Editing.
Posted February 25, 2005
According to Reuters staffing companies are reporting good earnings and
expectations are riding high. There was a steady growth of jobs in January according
to the U.S. Government. There is even talk of a new "seller's market" forming
in the coming year.
Posted February 23, 2005
We get a lot of questions about networking.
This article from the Job Journal spells out some things to avoid as well
as tips to do it better.
Staffers for Reuters in the U.S. have
voted to authorize a strike. They have been negotiating for two years
and will continue to negotiate but the possible strike gives the union
leverage. One significant issue: Off-shoring editorial jobs to India
Posted February 22, 2005
Check out the job search fundementals
from the Job Journal's Bob Rosner.
In the same issue is an article on how
to network better. You never know when the next opportunity is around the corner.
Posted February 16, 2005
If you're into newspapers, especially newspaper
design, go to this website. It has a lot of good links. Some of the design ideas put
forward can be used by websites themselves.
I notice that the Net has one unexpected consequence. It makes people like O'Reilly,
Limbaugh, and a host of "media stars," seem very boring and, even, old.
We will reiterate a story we ran last year. Fooling Around Online Can Savage Careers and Sink Companies, Experts Warn.
Posted February 14, 2005
This long article in The New Yorker ends with this
provocative question: "This is what journalists in the mainstream media are
starting to worry about: what if people donít believe in us, donít want us, anymore?"
AskMen.com has some tips on
how to look for a job while you are working.
Posted February 7, 2005
Should journalists specialize? Or,
should they juggle specialties to keep their writing fresh?
Posted February 1, 2005
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