Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Entry-level salaries up at newspapers; broadcast down

Salaries for entry-level newspaper reporters last year increased about $1,000, or four percent, according to the most recent journalism job market study by University of Georgia's James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research. The average salary for rookie reporters at daily newspapers was $28,000.

However, broadcast media outlets decreased their starting salaries. TV journalists made $440 less and radio journalists suffered a $2,000 -- or seven percent -- pay cut. The average salaries were $29,300 for television and $25,000 for radio, respectively.

The annual survey compared the salary figures of 2007 college graduates with 2006 college graduates. Overall, the median media salary for 2007 bachelor's degree recipients was $30,000 -- exactly the same as the median salary for 2006 grads. Those figures include entry-level jobs in advertising, public relations and other media-related fields. See chart below for more details.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Find journalism job recruiters

Two of the biggest challenges in finding your first journalism job are 1) figuring out which media outlets are willing to hire entry-level candidates, and b) making sure your resume gets in the right person's hands.

This may help.

It's a list of recruiters who attended a journalism job fair at a major j-school. All kinds of media outlets are listed: newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and TV stations. Since they were recruiting at a journalism school, chances are they're willing to consider entry-level candidates. Some outlets seem to have sent reporters to the event, but many sent recruiters -- and their names and contact info are listed. The list is from 2007 (2008 wasn't available), so some info may no longer be correct.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Job market good for young journalists

Despite large layoffs in the traditional media, the job market for journalism graduates has remained largely unchanged, a newly-released survey finds. The employment rate is holding steady, while salaries are increasing in some cases.

The findings, by
the University of Georgia's James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, include:
  • On Oct. 31, 2007, 63.3% of the bachelor's degree recipients had a full-time job, a figure nearly identical to the 2006 report of 64%. Almost all of the 2007 bachelor's degree recipients who looked for work had at least one in-person job interview in the six to eight months after graduation.
  • The median salary for 2007 bachelor's degree recipients was $30,000 -- exactly the same as the median salary for 2006 grads. Meanwhile, the median salary for 2007 master's degree recipients was $40,000 -- $2,000 higher than a year earlier.
Given the current turmoil of the industry, many analysts consider this good news.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

One-year internships available @ Toronto Star

The Toronto Star offers year-long paid internships for graduates under the age of 30, who have never held a full-time, permanent staff position at a Canadian daily newspaper.

"Successful reporting candidates rotate through teams in the city department," according to the Star's website. "Copy editing interns are assigned to at least three different editing desks during the year. The program begins with orientation and there are regular, mandatory seminar days. A demonstrated commitment to journalism is required, either through a combination of formal journalism training and experience, or extensive experience. We will consider candidates with non-traditional qualifications and credentials. The 2007 program includes six reporters, a photographer, two copy editors and graphic artist. This mix can vary from year to year."

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Temporary reporter at Calif. paper

Monterey County Herald, a daily newspaper in the Bay Area, has a temporary nine-month reporter opening: "Nite cops, coverage of Salinas possible beats. Hourly pay, eligible for overtime, 37.5 hours a week. Unfortunately, no benefits."

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Various reporter openings at Bloomberg

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reporter openings at Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Star, a 260,000 circulation Gannett newspaper, is seeking two community reporters to cover local government, schools and other news. The Star has hired young reporters, including recent college grads, lately, so it's worth a shot.

-Mark Grabowski

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Temporary reporter sought in Sacramento

The Sacramento Business Journal is looking for a full-time reporter for a job that will last for 8 to 12 weeks. The deadline to apply is July 12. It might be a good opportunity for a recent grad with solid internship experience.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

N.Y. Times seeks stringer

The New York Times is seeking a full-time stringer/researcher in its Southern bureau in Atlanta. In addition to assisting National Desk reporters with stories, the stringer will have an opportunity to earn his/her own bylines.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Investigative journalism job for recent grad

Rotten Dog Productions has a paid internship position available for a recent graduate looking to do independent, investigative journalism.

"You should be comfortable researching a subject in depth and covering environmental, science and political stories," according to the ad. "You'll be responsible for finding stories along the Atlantic Coast from New York through Newfoundland. You should be able to find a human interest angle to the stories illustrating scientific or political event with a story about its impact on people. Your stories will be published online and combined with video and photos for documentary production."

To apply, e-mail your resume and a few work samples to Bill@Southworth.TV.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Website for journalism job hunters

Newsjobs.net is a 12-year-old online resource for people seeking editorial jobs in the U.S., Canada or U.K. It lists internships and jobs. It also features book reviews and career advice.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Entry-level jobs at Newsweek

Newsweek, a three million circulation weekly news magazine, offers entry level opportunities through its Maynard Parker Fellowship.

Two fellowships are available annually, beginning at staggered dates. Each fellow is assigned to a particular editorial department and is paired with a mentor who will work closely with the fellow to help develop his/her professional journalism skills. The fellowship provides a competitive salary and health benefits. After their year is up, fellows will also be considered for any available open positions.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Find a job writing features

The American Society of Sunday and Features Editors has a jobs page listing several features section openings along with other journalism jobs.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Find business journalism jobs

Looking for a journalism job covering business? The American Society of Business Publication Editors has a job bank that contains exclusive listings that are regularly updated. I've added the link to CubReporters.org's journalism jobs page.

-Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Columbia's career services dean offers job search advice

Don’t wait for editors to invite you to interview for a job opening, advises Ernest Sotomayor, assistant dean of career services at Columbia University’s journalism school.

Instead, invite yourself.

“If you travel across the state or country and take the initiative [to contact editors] and say you’re just looking to get a half hour of guidance or want to explore possibilities, they’re usually willing to sit down and talk with you,” he says.

Indeed, The Hill reporter J.T. Rushing took that approach and landed his dream job covering the U.S. Senate.

I recently interviewed Rushing, Sotomayor and others for an advice column I wrote on finding a journalism job in last month’s issue of Quill. Below is some additional advice Sotomayor offered that didn’t make it into my column.

  • Get to know the people who hire at media outlets you’re interested in, and see if you can get your foot in the door by freelancing for them, he says. “A lot of it is getting to know recruiters, hiring editors – people in the organization that you can turn to for advice and counsel on what sort of jobs are available … what their needs are, how to freelance [for them].”
  • “Look back to school,” he also recommends. “Alumni connections are always great… Journalism professors have worked all over the world, and they know people everywhere. A lot of people like to get recommendations from professors who can give them extra insight into a job candidate.”
  • Finally, be open-minded. “It’s like being a reporter in the field writing a story. You spread your wings and look at different possibilities and keep your options open … How willing you are to get up and move from where you are is a factor. The smaller the size of the geographic territory for your job search is, the few possibilities there are … Just be open to a lot of different possibilities. The more things you’re willing to consider, the more opportunities you make available to yourself.”
-Mark Grabowski

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

L.A. event: Future journalism jobs

The Los Angeles Press Club this Thursday will host a panel on spotting the journalism jobs of the future -- online, radio, TV, trade magazine and even newspapers.

Panelists include Nick Roman, managing editor of 89.3 KPCC News/NPR; Seth Lubove, Los Angeles bureau chief for Bloomberg News; and Susan Denley, director of Editorial Hiring and Development, Los Angeles Times. The panel will be moderated by Ezra Palmer, former managing editor at Yahoo! News and a founding editor of WSJ.com.

The event is free to members and students, $10 for non-members with prepaid RSVP and $15 at the door. Refreshments included. For more info, contact rsvp@lapressclub.org or (323) 669-8081.

-Mark Grabowski

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Networking is key in journalism job search

Your dream newsroom job may be available right now, but there’s a good chance you’ll never know. Like virtually every other industry, many jobs in journalism aren’t officially advertised. There are ways to find out about them, but it takes effort. To find out how, read my latest Quill column, which contains advice from reporters, hiring editors and Columbia Journalism School's dean of career services. -Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Internship/job-finding tips

Graduation and summer are both fast approaching. If you're in college and reading this blog, that means you're likely either looking for an internship or first job.

The Society for News Design offers some straight-talkin' tips. They're obviously aimed at designers, but it's nonetheless relevant for all journalists. There's also a handy worksheet to keep track of where you applied.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Share your journalism job search experiences

I'm looking for quotes from young journalists.

I'm writing a column for the young journalists section of Quill on the importance of networking in the job search.

As with virtually every field, many journalism job openings don't seem to be advertised. I know of one editor, for example, who said she won't post jobs on popular websites because she doesn't want to have to sort through hundreds of resumes. So, the only way to find out about some jobs is through word-of-mouth: by attending conferences, keeping in touch with editors, getting heads-ups from friends at other media outlets when a co-worker leaves (and they'll probably fill the position), etc.

Do you have any comments, anecdotes or experiences to share relating to this? If so, please e-mail me ASAP at mark@cubreporters.org.


-Mark Grabowski

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