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An in-depth article in the American Journalism Review tries to assess where laid-off journalists go after the pink slip arrives. Many find journalism jobs or go the freelance route. Good article on depressing subject.

One of the problems of downsizing in journalism is the withdrawal of expensive international reporting. The Johns Hopkins-based International Reporting Project tries to address the problem and maybe peeks into the future of international reporting.

January 27, 2009

In England they are up in arms about the decline of journalism. One interesting suggestion comes out in this piece. "We all need to become whistleblowers in our own newsrooms. We need to show how we are not doing court reporting, how we are getting court reports from police websites." That could extend to any number of reporter beats.

The larger question is, "when will a digital media business model appear that will not simply do journalism but do it better than ever?" When things look as if they've hit rock bottom the saving moment seems to appear.

The problem with old class conflict arguments is that they block the needed entrepreneurial efforts to create new models.

The difficult but exciting challenge of trying to make money from a blog.

January 26, 2009

What do you do if you are approaching middle-age and want to go into journalism? Poynter.org provides some answers.

January 22, 2009

Here's some good advice for those who have a skill like editing and want to develop markets for that skill.

Protecting your ideas as a freelancer. This comes from the U.K. but I'm sure all freelance writers can relate to the problem. You can't protect the ideas but you can be prudent in letting an editor know how you plan to implement an idea in an article.

January 16, 2009

Would you take a pay cut to keep your job?

It's a relevant question since the job market is so desperate at this moment. A pay cut for writers is certainly a negotiable item and one that staff writers should prepare for. Can you sit down with an editor and prove how much you're worth to the publication?

From Great Britian comes this fascinating exercise of putting one's CV (or resume in American) to the test by sending it off to various editors and letting them comment. It's great insight into how bosses think and feel when confronted by that sheet of paper or screen page.

January 14, 2009

A blogger in Oregon assesses the state of journalism, blogging, and the necessities in the democratic society.

According to the Des Moines Register, "Meredith Corp. plans to ax 250 jobs, including roughly 100 in Des Moines, and cease publication of Country Home magazine as part of its response to a bad economy and still-declining advertising revenue, the company announced Thursday."

January 9, 2009

Poynter.org is running a series called, "Journalists Survival Guide," part one being a series of tips about what to do before the ax falls.

January 6, 2009

Another tale of a blog becoming a book, this time by a college student.

January 5, 2009

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