Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

E&P’s ‘bread and butter’ evaporated

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Anyone who studied journalism in college or hoped to find a job in journalism coming out of college can tell you that their want ads is what Editor & Publisher was all about. And, says MediaJobsDaily, the reliance on classifieds revenue is what killed the 125-year-old publication (see the post below).

“Beyond the fact that classified ads in this specific industry have disappeared, though, job ads — just like everything else that’s a classified ad — have been migrating to the Web. Just another Craigslist casualty. ”

Meanwhile, the news media is all over the death of its most significant trade publication. “The news made the home page of The New York Times, received lengthy reports in The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and other leading papers, along with NPR, CBS News, and other leading outlets, along with hundreds of Web sites and blogs,” says E&P.

E&P staffers received 1,000 or more emails — many from well-known media figures — expressing shock and/or support, some pledging to send money for print or online subscriptions to keep the magazine going. E&P Editor Greg Mitchell was quoted by numerous outlets declaring that the wide show of support gave him hope that someone or some company would step forward and maintain the operation in some form.”

Charlotte Observer announces buyouts

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The Charlotte Observer, the largest McClatchy newspaper in the Carolinas, announced buyout offers today to “many of its employees, including most of the newsroom.”

“The economy has been extremely sluggish,” Ann Caulkins, the Observer’s publisher, said in a meeting with the newsroom, according to an Observer report. “We haven’t seen any sort of bottom.”

Caulkins said there are no plans for involuntary layoffs this year.

The News & Observer in Raleigh announced buyouts a week ago and on Thursday the parent company announced third-quarter financial results that show ad revenue continuing to disappear.

Elsewhere, The New York Times said Monday it plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs — about 8 percent of the total — by year’s end, offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily.

CareerBuilder jumps into social media

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

CareerBuilder, the online jobs board, has revealed the launch of, a social networking site based on users’ professions.

Like LinkedIn, which debuted in 2003 and claims more than 45 million members, BrightFuse allows users to “highlight their talent through customizable profiles that reflect their backgrounds, skills and specialties. In addition to basic personal and professional information, workers can add recommendations from contacts, community activities, Twitter updates, RSS feeds to a blog or Web site, and much more to their profiles,” says a release from the company.

The August 19 release notes the official launch of BrightFuse and says it has 1.6 million members, while the site’s About page says it has been in operation since February 2008.

CareerBuilder is owned by The McClatchy Company, Gannett Co., Inc., Tribune Company and Microsoft Corp.

Media Jobs Daily searched BrightFuse for CareerBuilder employees and found only a few perfunctory profiles. “Do you really need another networking site? Apparently not even CareerBuilder thinks so.”

“One thing BrightFuse seems to offer, unlike LinkedIn, is that it’s free to search by company,” Media Jobs Daily says. “(LinkedIn users need to subscribe to view the full names of people who work for a certain company.) This feature may make the service more attractive to recruiters – if anyone gets on the site and uses the dang thing.”

AOL new home for journalists

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The New York Times finds that the latest incarnation of AOL offers more than 80 Web sites that are employing journalists who formerly worked at such top publications as The New York Times, National Journal, The Washington Post, Portfolio, The Dallas Morning News and The Chicago Sun-Times.

There are 300 working content producers in AOL’s New York headquarters, backed by hundreds of freelancers and programmers at other sites, the NYT says. AOL owns such sites as TMZ, a celebrity news and gossip site; Politics Daily, which began in April and already has 3.6 million unique users a month; Engadget, a suite of consumer technology blogs; and FanHouse, a sports site. In the aggregate, the media properties at AOL have about 76 million unique visitors.

AOL has had several identities, beginning as perhaps the top Web portal in the dial-up days, and moving through a failed merger with Time Warner (Time Warner announced plans to spin the enterprise out on its own by the end of this year), a try as an entertainment channel and as a free e-mail provider.