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Asian journalists are going through a period of travail.
Help wanted ads were down in December. We could have told them that but
it's official, now.
Nick Denton takes the U.S. newspaper and media industry to task. I do recommend
going over to the Media
Resource page and check out some European and Middle-eastern papers on
their take of the impending war.
According to this columnist, Knight Ridder made its goals
on "the backs of laid-off employees" and staffers who
must "cope with lower budgets..."
The entire staff of ZDNet Tech Update put themselves up for bid on eBay after getting pink slips.
Posted January 30, 2003
This article suggests that steady paychecks don't guarantee happiness on
the job. On the other hand (and here's the lesson) recruiters love those
Global unemployment is at one of the highest levels in history. 20
million people across the globe have lost their jobs since the recession began
two years ago. There are 180 million people without
jobs in the world.
A former diplomat says that journalists may be the latest target of rebels
opposing U.S. support for Bogota.
Posted January 28, 2003
Even the BBC is cutting jobs.
It's even easier, these days, to keep tabs on
organizations and journalists.
But will journalists listen to the Pope?
Posted January 27, 2003
Despite an eight-year high in the U.S. unemployment rate, employees and
employers were hopeful about the future. This is a survey that
tracks a lot of job seekers.
Journalists held in Columbia by rebels who want publicity.
Meanwhile, journalists are preparing for war.
It could get rather dangerous in Iraq. As a crusty war correspondent
put it, reflecting on his war coverage days, "Sometimes I was
bloody terrified but the adrenaline high is extraordinary."
Posted January 24, 2003
Some media lay-offs include Bloomberg LP, CNET Networks, Inc.,
and Reuters Group PLC.
Posted January 20, 2003
The publisher of The Weekly Planet, alternative paper in Tampa,
has fired its political reporters.
He's going to rely on freelancers
to report on music and culture. The astonishing thing is that the average
reader of the alternative paper is 46 years old. I guess the boomers
never really did get over the 60's. It should be the establishment
papers who have the investigative fortitude to go after local politicians.
Another tale of the alternatives. A deal was cut between national
publishers of the alternative press to shut down one publication in Los
Angeles and Cleveland. Some staffers in Cleveland are starting their own
publication with their sights on a different demographic. As the old news hound
used to say, "If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own."
Posted January 17, 2003
The New York Times, always Politically Correct, has set out
guidelines to its employees about the type of stocks they can
own. You decide whether it's too much to ask.
Writers should pay attention to this story about how
newspapers are changing
under the pressure of new technologies and habits. "Our future relies on us to
transition from being a newspaper company to being an information company."
Interesting report from the
Poynter Institute on a seminar for
journalists in Spain. Biggest problem? Understaffing. Let's see, if
unemployed American journalists knew some Spanish.....
Posted January 13, 2003
We all know there are "lies, damned lies, and statistics..."
but here are the
latest figures on unemployment from the U.S. Labor
Department. December remained unchanged at 6.0 percent.
The number of persons unemployed 15 weeks or more rose to
3.2 million in December, an increase of 815,000 over the year.
Included in the newly unemployed are
hundreds of people from Hartcourt Education, the textbook publisher.
An interesting article on
"we journalism" in the latest Columbia Journalism Review. I would
take it all with a grain of salt. I think, in some ways, journalists
like the idea of the public doing some of the leg work for them. It
does have the interesting effect of turning the working journalist into an editor
as well, as he sifts through all the points of collaboration, looking
for something credible or useful. Of course, the collaborators might turn
out to be a huge pool of unemployed journalists.
Posted January 10, 2003
Tips on how to prepare and send your resume through e-mail.
Another article from Job-Hunt.org on finding the "hidden job
market." One thing they mention is important. Search
professional and regional associations. Go to any region on
Sunoasis Jobs and you will find a city or regional newspaper
association that lists more opportunties than you would find
on a job board, at least in the locality you are looking.
Posted January 9, 2003
Pacific Media Watch provides a summary of the past year
in journalist safety and censorship.
Young journalists make up their "dream newspaper." It's filled
with personal and narrative journalism. "Make me smell it."
Online news is analyzed by The Digital Edge.
Posted January 7, 2003
Six conglomerates (you know their names) now pay
nearly 70% of writers' salaries.
Far fewer journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2002
because of the attention on the Pearl death.
Posted January 3, 2003
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