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The Recovering Journalist blog itemizes the 900 or so staff cuts among the newspapers in the U.S. That is just in the past week!

He also lists 10 "fixes," most of which are very sensible.

Newspapers are the canary birds-in-the-mine-shaft for the whole print publishing system. And the weaknesses seem to be: Underestimating the power of the Internet, failure of imagination to come up with business models for the Net to take advantage of print's great leverage of professionalism and branding, and the simple failure of not acting fast enough because print feels it is entitled to be the producer and delivery system for news, information, culture, opinion, etc.

June 28, 2008

This is one of the saddest descriptions of the disruption now going on in journalism, especially among newspapers. It throws down the gauntlet among young journalists now in college or just out getting their feet wet. "You must pick up the slack!" This is the most important, crisis-laden period of time for journalism in memory! It is not for the weak. It is a time for deep reflection and action. Please heed the call.

June 26, 2008

Where do journalists go when they feel squeezed out of the market? How about PR? More and more are doing just that as staff positions are cut and the future is looking problematical.

June 23, 2008

Vanity Fair has a schematic of the Blogopticon, their version of blogs that have somehow risen to the top. Almost all of them I'm familiar with but I read most of them in the "Earnest News" area. I'm still waiting for that break-through that proves that the Net transforms opinion and writing. What we are witnessing is akin to the explosion of the suburbs in the 50's and 60's. It's important because it impacts a lot of things besides where people live. But it constricts, imho, the wonderment of a virtual system of communication.

June 20, 2008

Outside magazines takes a look at some of the best jobs of 2008, including "emancipation occuptions," like an Itinerant Blogger .

There are fun and interesting ideas to look at!

June 16, 2008

Students are starting to peer out into the real work world. What's the best advice for them? Do you follow your heart or your head?

Of course if you are a journalism student you think nothing could be worse than this employment milieu. Read this columnist's advice about "...some evidence that you can survive after graduation, in spite of a lousy economy."

June 11, 2008

Are "citizen journalists" doing a disservice when they don't tell people who they represent?

June 9, 2008

Cary Tennis of Salon answers this question from a freelance writer: "I need more ideas! Where do they come from?"

June 2, 2008

Read this provocative assessment of the "decline of journalism." The decline is more than one thing, including the reduced ability of the American citizen to read, understand what they are reading, and care one way or the other. Read the assessment.

June 1, 2008

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