Job talk

If your job sucks, quit

March 4, 2004
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That’s what Mme. Paquin did. What was supposed to be 20 hours a week picking up some extra dough on some paper’s copy desk turned into a migraine-inducing trainwreck. She stuck it out for most of a year, which sounds like far more than her employer deserved. Another reminder that a lot of us...

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Tryouts on trial

December 19, 2003
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A new thread at Testy Copy Editors starts out like this: A well-respected major daily has asked me come in for a weeklong copy editing tryout. My current experience at a wire service is helpful, but it’s a lot different from a newspaper copy desk. Most of my newspaper experience was at dailies so...

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Hope you like your job

December 8, 2003
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… because there’s not going to be much hiring next year, E&P reports. And I just love this part: Companies “see some improving advertising trends right now,” and that keeps them from continuing to downsize, said Kevin Gruneich, newspaper analyst with Bear, Stearns & Co. But he predicted industry employment will stay flat next...

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Buff up your resume …

November 19, 2003
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Hiring might pick up next year: “A labor shortage is being masked by the recession. When things pick up, you will see expansions of staffs, and people who are ready to move will make a move,” says Joe Grimm, a recruiting executive for the Detroit Free Press and other Knight-Ridder Inc. papers. “A lot...

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On being retentive

October 13, 2003
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Nicole links to this Poynter article that wonders what newspapers must do to keep their best people. They ask us time and gain and we tell them time and again — pay us better and we’ll stick around — but each time they refuse to hear what we say, and people keep leaving as...

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Eight who need jobs

October 2, 2003
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… inspire 8goodpeople.com. Correction: make that seven — one just got a job.

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Good news

September 28, 2003
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… For Bill Walsh, soon to be the new National Desk copy chief at the Washington Post. Bill was one of the first newsies I met online and one of the people who inspired me to instigate online shenanigans. (I’m sorry but I adore the word “shenanigan.” ) His own words: At least I...

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Sign o’ the times

September 15, 2003
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Editor & Publisher is going from weekly to monthly You need look no further than my job links pages to know why: the only reason anybody bought E&P was for the help-wanted ads, which are conspicuously available all sorts of places besides E&P, and much easier to find, and free to job seekers. Of...

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Career advice

September 15, 2003
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This is an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to a colleague who was wondering about job opportunities in certain papers. If you get called for an interview, check out the ages of the people who work there… if there are lots of people who look to be late 30s and older, it means...

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