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SUNOASIS JOBLOG- September 2003

The hightlights in this annual survey on job-finding success in journalism and mass communications, should be reviewed by every student.

More job-cuts, this time it's Reed TV Magazines and the Wall Street Journal.

Posted September 24, 2003

If you were unemployed and the government gave you $3,000, would you use it to find work?

"Now's a good time for people to test the waters," says Gary Huth, a New York State labor market analyst. This Newsday story mentions that college graduate hiring is expected to increase by 15.3 percent in the Northeast.

Posted September 23, 2003

Read this fascinating tale of a former Wall Street Journal reporter who has been living out of his truck, looking for work.

What's at stake if the new FCC media ownership rules are passed, according to an editorial in the New York Daily News.

Knowing when it's time to move on in your career.

Posted September 22, 2003

Some of the consequences of staying unemployed include losing valuable insider contacts. "The most important thing a person can do is get really heavily engaged in organizations and volunteer activities in your industry, or in your field."

"Things are greatly improved" in terms of women advancing in journalism, but "there's a lot of progress to be made at the top papers," say female news execs.

Posted September 16, 2003

An odd thing is happening: Just as journalism schools are coping with a financial crisis, student demand for journalism school is peaking. This detailed, well-researched article from Editor and Publisher should be read by those contemplating a journalism career.

Advice and predictions from the California Job Journal. "Sell yourself in 60 seconds."

This article points out the advantages of risk-taking in today's job market.

Posted September 15, 2003

It's apparent that the job situation during this "recovery" is the worst since the Bureau of Labor Statistics was created in 1939. A study by the New York branch of the Federal Reserve gives three dominant reasons for the job market malaise.

  1. The last period of prosperity lead to over expansion, creating too many jobs.
  2. Fiscal policy has dampened swings in the employment scene.
  3. Employers have downsized and gained productivity on a permanent basis.

As the economy rebounds and immigration laws tighten, there will be unprecedented opportunities for women to delve into new careers.

Posted September 9, 2003

Read the latest U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics in the August Employment Situation Summary. "Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 93,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Job losses continued in manufacturing, information, and other sectors, while health care and construction added jobs."

According to this article, "Employment is down considerably at Internet publishers, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio networks and public relations shops."

Posted September 8, 2003

Staff layoffs are expected as A&E's Biography magazine shifts from a monthly to a quarterly, becoming what a company statement calls a "marketing publication."

This is a story of how a disgruntled office worker created her own career.

Elearningpost.com has a great presentation of how to classify components of "interactive journalism."

Posted September 5, 2003

The Help Wanted Advertising Index has held steady the past few months. Increases? Mountain (12.6%), Pacific (9.8%) and East South Central (6.6%) regions.

Here's a short list of careers you can get into quickly, make money, and not go through extensive training.

An interesting article in California Job Journal points out that men and women are competing for the same jobs in the workforce and men should consider going into some jobs thought to be the province of females.

Hurrah for the brave editor in Chicago over her stance on a restaurant review written by the marketing department.

Posted September 2, 2003

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