|MARCH 2005 SUNOASIS JOBLOG
Here's the sad story of the Dallas Morning News
and the aftermath of scandal and lay-offs last October.This story, from the American Journalism
Review, paints a very clear picture of the human toll of "downsizing."
A veteran journalist writes about "mentoring the young"
and it's hard to argue with him.
Posted March 28, 2005
Here's a very useful article on "going solo" and taxes. I hadn't even heard
of the Solo 401(K) plan until I read this.
Posted March 23, 2005
Read about the on-going saga at the BBC.
Journalism.co.uk is the single best site to keep up on journalism in Britian.
U.S. Reuters journalist's are
on a by-line strike to protest against the off-shoring of editorial jobs and to protest hefty raises
Rich Heinz of the California Job Journal presents some
basic building blocks in your job search. Very good advice!
Posted March 22, 2005
According to Business Week,
the job market is shifting in favor of the employee. One indication of this is the
spike in people leaving jobs for new opportunities.
The Boston Herald is said to be considering cutting down the size of the paper, reducing staff or narrowing its coverage area, in
an attempt to cut costs.
The Paris Review
has named Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker,
as its new editor.
Staff is leaving at celebrity magazine In Touch.
Eight people have left in the past few weeks and seven of
those have moved over to Inside TV.
BBC staffers say they are ready to strike after
rumors of another job cut, this time it's
Just last week
the BBC announced that 1,730 jobs would be cut.
Posted March 18, 2005
In this month's Sunoasis X 2005 we talked about
legal quandaries writers need to be aware of. It was a survey and believe it to be useful.
To see a quandary in action check out
the settlement Gary Condit won from writer Dominick Dunne
about the 2001 disappearance of
intern Chandra Levy.
Posted March 15, 2005
Here's another report on the demise of the newspaper, this time from the Toronto Star. They always bemoan
the loss of "credible reportage on events and issues critical to an informed citizenry in a democracy..." That concern
doesn't factor in the move of a critical mass of reporters, editors, copy editors to a more digital format. I could
see a cash-heavy site like Google going to the staff at the NY Times and hiring half of them to do their reporting
on behalf of Google. The intense focus should be on how journalism can improve in a digital format.
If you are interested in these questions go on over to the 2005 State of the Media
report put out by Journalism.org.
The New York Post has a portrait of salaries in Manhattan.
If you are an entertainer, big bucks. If you are a teacher, forget it.
Posted March 14, 2005
If you want a decent run-down of possible
reforms in the newsroom look at the Morph blog from the API. The key is something predicted by
futurists the last several decades. The movement from a mass to a niche-driven culture where the
most venerable institutions are the last to figure it out. Newspapers for instance.
Posted March 8, 2005
The Occupational Information Network presents an array of
resources, including a good summary of job titles. Check these out:
If you lose a job perhaps the worst thing you can do
is worry about it. Advice from the California Job Journal.
Posted March 7, 2005
We get questions from high school students about the profession of
journalism. This site is sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and gets
students involved in thinking about journalism. Check it out.
The Detroit Free Press runs one of the best
pages on how to get jobs in journalism. Use it!
Newspapers may be an endangered species, it's impossible to predict. And journalism is going
through a sea-change without question. But there will always be a profession that collects
facts, interviews principle actors in a story, and presents that story on behalf of the free
One possibility: As "big media" merges editorial with advertising; news with entertainment,
new, startling types of digital journalism will emerge, presaged by blogging, that will scatter the seeds
for a renewal of public journalism we don't see now.
Posted March 3, 2005
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