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February 27, 2009

Yvette Tan, a writer from the Philippines, explains the five myths about freelance writing. It's universal isn't it?

A college paper reports some of the marketable majors and some less than marketable, including journalism. However, if you scroll down the page you'll see something very illuminating. "Jim Stovall, journalism professor, said journalism majors have skills that will continue to make them marketable. “I have never experienced that people who can write and gather information have had trouble finding a job,” Stovall said. “People who can write well have a skill that not many people have.” The market shifts but the need for clear writing and some form of editing is an eternal part of the market.

February 23, 2009

Eight Little-Known Tricks for the Job Hunt by Liz Ryan . Do you know what a "Moo card," is? You soon will.

February 22, 2009

According to this report from CNN more businesses are using freelance work than ever before. Of course, there are more freelancers as well.

"More companies are using freelancers because their businesses are becoming more project-based, one expert said."

February 13, 2009

I think what journalism students will find out is that "if it's hard at the beginning it will be good at the end..." If the outlook for journalists is bleak now and yet they persist and push through the lay-offs, the pessimism, the newspaper decline, the huge recession then they may be the ones who see the sky clear down the road.

February 11, 2009

Steve Outing is one of the more credible witnesses to what is going on in the meeting between print and digital. His article in Editor and Publisher should be read by anyone interested in the fate of newspapers and the possible look of them in the future. And, most importantly, he outlines some of the skills a pared down newspaper may be looking for in its employees.

February 7, 2009

American freelance writers are winning the market according to Gregory Go, About.com Guide to Online Business.

Whereas in the U.K., freelance copywriters are finding hard times.

February 4, 2009

Colleen Eddy of the Poynter.org website has some suggestions about taking journalism skills into other industries.

And there are even more extensive examples of this transition from the Minneapolis Post.

February 2, 2009

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