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BetaTales: Print journalists, beware ‘the typographers’ trap’

December 9th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

What is the typographers’ trap and why do other print journalists need to know about it? A thoughtful post on skills, careers and a changing industry from BetaTales:

It describes how a group by wrongly trying to save the jobs of its members at the same time destroys its own profession.

Typographers used to hold an important position in editorial newspaper production. In the old days this was the group typesetting the newspaper pages.

Then the production process was digitalised. Suddenly anybody with basic design and computer skills could do the tasks the typographers used to have a monopoly of doing.

In fact the need for typographers in newspaper production was more or less wiped out in a very short time frame. As a result the profession disappeared in most countries.

Full post on BetaTales at this link…

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The Australian: Digital boosting morale in Australia’s newsrooms despite job losses

December 9th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Newspapers, Online Journalism

A look at the Future of Journalism study released by Australian industry group the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, which suggests that despite 700 job losses in the metropolitan news industry in the country since 2008, morale is still relatively high amongst working journalists.

Full story on the Australian at this link…

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What can our jobs board tell us about the market?

November 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Freelance Unbound has produced a great post looking at the current state of the journalism jobs market, based on data analysis of Journalism.co.uk’s own job listings.

Judging by their analysis, it seems that roles in specialist business journalism for publications based in London are your best bet:

The most telling items in the chart are the tiny slices for lifestyle and celebrity – the most popular media choices for j-students – and for general news reporting. Very few jobs are advertised in these areas (at least here).

Full post on Freelance Unbound at this link…

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Deadline appoints former Scotland on Sunday news editor as chief reporter

October 18th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Jobs

Scottish news agency Deadline has appointed former Scotland on Sunday news editor Peter Laing to the role of chief reporter.

Laing previously worked with Deadline’s founders Scott Douglas and Raymond Notarangelo when the trio were at the Scottish Daily Record.

He previously worked as a reporter and then crime reporter for the Edinburgh Evening News, and as home affairs correspondent for Scotland on Sunday before being appointed as news editor in 2001.

The agency has recently recruited three new journalism graduates from the MA Multimedia Journalism course at Caledonian University, Amanda MacMillan, Christine Lavelle and Clare Carswell.

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Media Release: BBC axes deputy director general post and Mark Byford

October 12th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Job losses, Jobs, Media releases

The BBC has announced it will cut the role of deputy director general, making current incumbent Mark Byford redundant. Byford took up the post in 2004 and has been at the BBC for 32 years.

Speaking in a release, BBC director general Mark Thompson says:

We have concluded – and Mark fully accepts – that the work he has done to develop our journalism and editorial standards across the BBC has achieved the goals we set to such an extent that the role of deputy director-general can now end, that the post should close at the end of the current financial year, and that Mark himself should be made redundant.

Byford will step down from the corporation’s executive board at the end of March and depart from the BBC in early summer. Helen Boaden. director, BBC News, will join the executive board to represent BBC Journalism in April.

Full BBC press release at this link…

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What’s in a journalism job ad? Analysing the skills required by employers

September 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Jobs, Training

Following on from our laid-off report looking at journalism job losses and how the shape of the journalism workforce in the UK is changing, I thought it would be interesting to do a quick analysis of the job ads currently available on Journalism.co.uk. What requirements and skills are employers stipulating and which are the most popular?

(I took the text from job ads on the site that list requirements or candidate profiles and have tried to take out irrelevant words as much as possible)

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ReadWriteWeb: Newsweek loses another journalist to new media as reporter joins HuffPo

September 20th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs, Magazines, Online Journalism

Howard Fineman, a reporter at Newsweek for 30 years, is joining the Huffington Post. Fineman will become a senior editor for HuffPo. ReadWriteWeb comments on the number of Newsweek journalists who have left the title since its sale by the Washington Post Company to businessman Sidney Harman and the new homes many have found with new media titles.

Full post on ReadWriteWeb at this link…

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Telegraph’s Cheesbrough climbs paywall to land News International job

June 8th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Jobs

Telegraph Media Group chief information officer Paul Cheesbrough will leave the publisher to take up the same post with News International.

“News International is fantastically positioned to take advantage of the next stage of growth in the digital marketplace and I am looking forward to joining the group at this exciting time,” says Cheesbrough, who has been at the Telegraph since 2007, in a release.

In his new role at News International, which he will start in the autumn, Cheesbrough will be responsible for all of the publisher’s technology platforms – including the recently launched Times and Sunday Times websites and their forthcoming paywalls.

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Tricks and tips for journalism and editorial job hunting online – an update

April 29th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Jobs, Journalism

Journalism lecturer Andy Dickinson (@digidickinson) has now updated his recent SlideShare and blog post on how to find editorial jobs online, which we featured on this blog last week, to include a more detailed transcript of his talk.

His blog post this week contains lots of handy tips for the dedicated journalism jobseeker, so if you are in the market for a new job, check it out.

Meanwhile, here at Journalism.co.uk, we have produced a new page explaining how to get the most out of our own jobs board, including six step-by-step videos taking you through the jobseeker registration process and various alert systems. Here are the benefits, all of which are free:

  • ability to save jobs you have searched for and liked for later;
  • ability to upload and store your CV;
  • ability to apply online and save your applications for future re-use/modification;
  • ability to register a personal statement so that our can advertisers can find you using our CV match service;
  • ability to receive job opportunities by daily email;
  • ability to create customised RSS feeds based on your own search criteria.

I would urge you to take a few minutes to sign up, even if you are not necessarily looking to make a move now. You never know what opportunity might coming knocking on your door.

Finally, if you are on the other side of the fence and looking to recruit editorial staff, please read why you should advertise your vacancies on Journalism.co.uk here, and register to post your jobs here.

Recruitment advertising helps fund our free content, so if you like what we do this is one great way to support us!

Useful reading:

Job application tips

How to prepare a killer CV

How to prepare for that crucial interview

How to make the most out of work experience

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Graduate jobs now get 48 applications each on average – what does this mean for journalism students?

July 9th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Jobs, Training

Graduates jobs have plummeted by 24.9 per cent, and of the jobs that were available 25 per cent received between 1,001 and 2,500 applications, according to a survey released by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) this week.

Nearly half of employers received more than 50 applications for every graduate job, and the fiercest competition was in banking or financial services, investment banking, retail, engineering and the industrial sector.

The number of jobs cut was far worse than anticipated by recruiters, who had predicted just a 5.4 per cent drop in a February survey by the AGR.

More employers than ever are insisting on online-only applications this year (81 per cent) and the competition seems to have brought out the best in many graduates – 40 per cent of employers reported an improvement in the quality of applications.

According to the AGR, graduate recruitment in the media industry was not covered by the survey, because it is too small.

Indeed in April we reported that the Press Association had cancelled its graduate training scheme for the year.

The Telegraph Media Group and the Guardian have both suspended their training schemes for 2009 too
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Last year Trinity Mirror, once one of biggest recruiters of trainee journalists, imposed a recruitment freeze and suspended its training scheme for its national Mirror Group titles.

Other national titles are taking on smaller numbers of trainees, including the Daily Mail, the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun.

The BBC is still running its annual journalism training scheme which launched in 2007.

But it would be interesting to compare the application rates to journalism graduate schemes with other sectors.

Particularly in light of the fact that applications to journalism degree courses were up 24 per cent this year, UCAS data released in February suggested, despite a scarcity of media jobs and experienced, out-of-work journalists are ramping up the competition.

What kind of response to entry-level/graduate jobs are you getting?

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