There's a lot of people searching jobs on the Net. According
to a Pew Internet Project, report, 52 million Americans have used
the Net to look for a job. On an average day that's about 4 million,
33% higher than in 2000.
Posted July 30, 2002
A very interesting debate is developing at
Columbia University over the Journalism Department. The question raised is
whether journalism should be taught as a craft or a profession. Reporting is a
skill and craft but it can certainly be taken into realms of thought. And opinion
emerges out of experience and knowledge. (You need to register with NY Times but it's worth
Of course, you could be a
journalist in Zimbabwe. If you report that a man gets his head
cut-off and he really doesn't, are you liable? Can you be put in
It reminds me of a contributor to C/Oasis
a few years back who wrote about environmental reporting in Ghana. Let us say
the authorities were not exactly forthcoming. His best source was the village
chief who kept his ear and nose close to the ground, especially when they burned the brush.
Posted July 28, 2002
It comes as no shock that people would rather telecommute
than car commute to work. Living in an area where it takes
two hours to go twenty miles during commute, I can appreciate
that. At this time, telecommute and freelance are interchangeable
terms. Very few legitimate jobs that allow telecommuting are
listed. Hopefully, this survey will urge employers to consider
the option and the concept take hold in the business world
in the coming decades.
(Click on E-Work to get telecommute information.)
Posted July 25, 2002
Don't let the bubble burst over your aspirations. The difficulty in the
present time is in figuring out how pervasive the robber-class is entrenched in
positions of power. If the entrenchment is deep, then we're all in trouble.
The problem is that it's not simply investors but consumers and foreign money
that has to be convinced the economy rests on more solid foundation than a network
of thieving insider's. Time will tell.
Posted July 24, 2002
In an interview with Fortune, Peter Weddell
lists some very important tips for job seekers. We are proud to say
that Sunoasis Jobs will be listed in the 2003 Weddell Guide.
Posted July 23, 2002
It's amazing the speed in which the good turns into the bad.
Just a short while ago it was a seller's market for jobs. Now,
it is decidedly a buyer's market. The job seeker has to have
an aggressive strategy. Or, make up your own job. This article
laid-off hi-tech workers are doing to create their own jobs.
What it takes is the ability to focus on a niche you can serve
and be able to push against every wall that comes your way.
The "free agent nation," needs to be able to describe a career
path for the variety of activities in it. Freelance writers have
been there for a long time. One problem with freelancing is that
the cost-of-living can spiral up beyond the price of their services.
The most successful freelancers are fast and efficient.
Posted July 22, 2002
Curious about the nature of newspaper ownership? Think they are
local, ma and pop operations? Read this FAQ from
The Newspaper Industry.
Posted July 18, 2002
There's an encouraging report
about earnings among some newspaper companies. The hope is that the skid in advertising revenue has
Posted July 17, 2002
Back in 1999 young writers would ask me if they should "accept
options in a new company rather than a salary." I always told them no;
that three-fourths of the dot.coms were going to
disappear in several years.
Go ask Dr. Koop about the
stability of the dot.com market. It's old news to those of us who've
had a presence on the Net since the mid-90's. But when Time-Warner
is getting hit big-time, then you know the problem is more than
dream-filled X'ers playing at business in urban lofts. It's very
instructive that Enron had a major Internet presence. And you still
have plenty of funny money flowing through it without the concomitant
value being built.
How come all the smart guys got suckered?
Posted July 16, 2002
Folio has an excellent review of what editor's are up to and
a salary survey that will be useful for anyone who wants to go
into the magazine industry.
Here are some useful links if you are thinking about relocating:
Posted July 15, 2002
Bacon's has excellent resources in
Updates on media such as the fact that World Press Review.
is looking for an assistant editor. WPR also has
correspondent jobs from a variety of exotic locales.
For all you AOL members, your ISP is looking for a new CEO.
Posted July 14, 2002
The Foundation for American Communications (FACS)
has published its findings in a survey of journalists
and found that a majority of them feel they aren't
prepared to cover the major stories of the day.
It comes as a surprise, then, that only 37% thought education
was a major issue facing the United States.
Online Journalism Review has an excellent article on the
profitability of news sites. There are successful
models out there.
The news doesn't change on the Net. What changes is the
ability of the smart Netizen to cross-pollinate the source
of news and/or opinion with distinctive resources but
a click away. When journalists, themselves, learn to do this
they will write more interesting copy.
Posted July 12, 2002
There's a very clever piece in the Columbia Journalism Review
about the media
in the year 2020. The most farcical aspects of a story are usually
According to a recent report,
media advertising will be up this year and increase even more in 2003. This is the first good sign
of recovery in the content industry.
Posted July 10, 2002
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Salaries in publishing rose an average of 6.7% in 2001, down from
9% in the previous year. Note: It's better to be in management than
editorial if you are after the money.
Here are the latest
editorial jobs listed in Publisher's Weekly.
Posted July 6, 2002
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Interesting article from IT-Director.com about the mobile workforce..
They don't go into how all this mobility is achieved but the statistics
are staggering. Neither do they define what a "mobile workforce" is.
It sounds like fun though. Writers, especially, are capable of doing
this. The writer and the office seem incompatible. I can see writers
sending stories from the best tavern in town, surrounded by
conversations of the clientele. Be sure to read the article on
"backpack journalism" down near the bottom of the column.
Salaries are up, according to the Inland Press Association.
The 2002 study includes data from 478 daily newspapers across the United States and Canada. The highest
percentage of rate increase (9.9%) went to Washington D.C. bureau chiefs. I guess it was
all that overtime for the Levy/Condit story.
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The Resume Flood
The Internet is flooded with resumes. On a national level,
representatives from Monster.com say their site currently has
17 million resumes and only 1 million job posts. However, not
all of those resumes are from people actively seeking jobs.
Some people leave their resumes posted on online career boards
long after they land new jobs.
from the Miami Herald
The last I look Salon isn't doing too
well and rumors of its demise are clanging all over the place. I think if
Salon goes down it will mark the end of the initial phase of the Net, at least
the content-laden Net, and will not be a happy story.
Good story on packback journalism and what will be happening
in the near future
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Article The Risks and Rewards of Freelance Careers in Media
The Wall Street Journal has an article that asks the question
publishing job market turning the corner?
Considering what is has been the past year and a half I hope so.
has come out with an article forecasting the greatest growth
in job types for the next 10 years.
Jobless Claims Rise Slightly
The number of first-time unemployment claims filed by
U.S. workers increased by 1,000 for the week ending April 13 to
445,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 444,000, according
to statistics released today by The Labor Department.
The increased jobless claim figure still reflects the new government
program that extends unemployment benefits for 13 weeks. The
four-week moving average, considered a more accurate measure of
unemployment conditions because it irons out weekly fluctuations,
also rose to 448,750, from last week's revised mark of 433,750, the
highest since the middle of November. For the first time in eight
months, companies added jobs in March, perhaps a sign that the
economy is recovering from the recession which began in March 2001.
The Labor Department's reports also showed that the number of
Americans who continue to receive unemployment benefits rose to
3.84 million for the week ending April 6, the highest level since
According to the Wall Street Journal there's been a slight increase
in newspaper hiring since the beginning of the year. It's not what
one could term, "exuberant," but it is shifting into an upward
mode. The one trend they report on is an increase in entry-level
jobs and very stagnant growth in senior positions. This is causing
some journalists to accept lower positions.
Advertising cuts are one culprit. The post-September 11th downturn
was another one.
Freelancers are in a favored position if they can tolerate some of
the obnoxious behavior on the part of publications: Delays in
payment and cancelled assignments among them. However, as more journalists go
freelancing, the greater advantage will go to the publications who
can bid lower for assignments.
It's distressing to see all of this, especially after the promises
of the 90's, the bubble-years apparently.
Remember that online classified job boards represent only one
portion of leads available. I've seen it put at 20%. That means the
other jobs are filled in-house or through networking. So, it's very
important to have a job strategy, target an industry, target an
employer, fill out an application, talk to people, and research. Do
that whether a company has advertised a job or not.
Let us know if you have Questions
and we'll try to provide, if not answers, some direction.
Posted June 30, 2002
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