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Employment in journalism has plummeted to levels not seen since the 1970s, after peaking during halcyon days of the early 1990s. Compiled from data gathered by the American Society of News Editors, the chart above shows newsroom staff in 2011 dropped to levels not seen in the U.S. since 1978. Newsosaur writes:

Newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 in the pre-Internet year of 1990, according to the census released today. Thus, newsroom headcount has fallen by 28.6% from its modern-day high.

Granted, there’s nothing particularly newsworthy about the decline of newspaper staff. And there is one bright spot. The ASNE data collection project began to track the number of journalist of color who were working at papers across the U.S. In 1979 just 3.6 percent of reporters were people of color compared to 12.3 percent in 2011. While this figure lags well behind the overall racial diversity of the American populace, it’s an indication that more than technology has changed in newsrooms.
Also not included in he data are journalism jobs at online-only shops like Gawker or Aol’s cornucopia of Internet media properties such as Huffpo and Patch. While not enough to offset industry-wide decline, there are thousands of modern journalists working full time whose last chance to see their name in print was likely time spent working for the college rag.
H/T PBS MediaShift

Employment in journalism has plummeted to levels not seen since the 1970s, after peaking during halcyon days of the early 1990s. Compiled from data gathered by the American Society of News Editors, the chart above shows newsroom staff in 2011 dropped to levels not seen in the U.S. since 1978. Newsosaur writes:

Newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 in the pre-Internet year of 1990, according to the census released today. Thus, newsroom headcount has fallen by 28.6% from its modern-day high.

Granted, there’s nothing particularly newsworthy about the decline of newspaper staff. And there is one bright spot. The ASNE data collection project began to track the number of journalist of color who were working at papers across the U.S. In 1979 just 3.6 percent of reporters were people of color compared to 12.3 percent in 2011. While this figure lags well behind the overall racial diversity of the American populace, it’s an indication that more than technology has changed in newsrooms.

Also not included in he data are journalism jobs at online-only shops like Gawker or Aol’s cornucopia of Internet media properties such as Huffpo and Patch. While not enough to offset industry-wide decline, there are thousands of modern journalists working full time whose last chance to see their name in print was likely time spent working for the college rag.

H/T PBS MediaShift

Internship: Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security Reporting with ProPublica →

Via ProPublica:

ProPublica is looking for a full-time intern to participate in a new investigative project focused on digital privacy, security and freedom. The intern will work closely with a senior reporter doing original research and story development and regularly blogging. When appropriate, the intern will share writing credit on major stories. Prior experience in the area of cyber security, digital freedom and privacy is preferred but not a must. Investigative reporting skills and knowledge of Mandarin, Arabic or Russian are a plus. Compensation is $700 per week.

ProPublica — and the internship — is based in New York City.

You Can’t Be Fired for Complaining About Your Boss on Facebook

You can’t be fired for complaining about your workplace on social networks like Facebook—that’s according to a judge’s ruling and the National Labor Relations Act, which Forbes (and the judge) says gives employees “the right to converse among themselves about workplace conditions.” So the law’s on your side when it comes to complaining about work on the internet. Keep in mind though that there are a whole host of other serious consequences you may want to consider before you take that as a sign that now’s a good time to vent every frustration you have about your job. [Forbes]

Via Lifehacker via Forbes

(Source: Lifehacker)

Job: Pew Web Coordinator →

Like the Internet? Like research? Got some design and Web skills to boot?

Then the Pew Internet and American Life Project has a job for you:

The Web Coordinator is the staffer most immediately involved in the day-to-day operations of the Pew Internet Project’s web site and digital dissemination strategies. The Web Coordinator helps conceive and produce special web-only reports and graphics and assesses new applications to disseminate Project work to key audiences. In addition, the Web Coordinator functions as a researcher in the Project’s reports and publications, especially concentrating on graphics displays of Project data. The Web Coordinator will identify the most useful formats to share Pew Internet data and the best platforms by which to disseminate it. The Web Coordinator will work with the Project’s Associate Director for digital strategy and Administrative Manager in the technical management and strategic development of the Project’s website.

The American Prospect: Job Posting: We need an associate web editor! →

theamericanprospect:

The American Prospect seeks an Associate Web Editor. The position involves assisting the Web editor with planning coverage, editing and assigning pieces, and helping to manage a growing staff.

We are seeking someone with at least two years’ experience editing and assigning for the Web. The…

Sounds like a fun gig.

(Source: prospect.org)

Salaries by Region Salaries Compared

What That Journalism Degree Might Get You

Median yearly salaries of 2010 Bachelor degree recipients with full-time jobs and media regional salaries of 2009 Bachelor degree recipients with full-time jobs.

Select the images to enlarge.

Via the University of Georgia Cox Center 2010 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates:

For the fifth straight year, the median salary earned by those journalism and mass communication bachelor’s degree recipients who found full-time work was $30,000 (Chart 31). The median salary earned by master’s degree recipients was $36,200, a decline of nearly $3,000 from a year earlier.

These are nominal figures. If the salaries are adjusted for inflation, bachelor’s degree recipients reported a median salary that was $500 lower than a year earlier and more than $2,000 lower than comparable graduates earned in 2000. For master’s degree recipients, the 2010 median salary was roughly $1,500 less than master’s degree recipients earned in 2000.

Comparable data on other fields are not available. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in September of 2010 that the average annual starting salary offer to all college graduates had declined 0.7% over a year earlier, to $48,288.

A PDF of the survey is here.

Data Visualization Fellowship with Sunlight Foundation →

This is hot:

The Sunlight Foundation is seeking a social scientist who can help us create compelling visualizations, tell richer stories, and incorporate more of their discipline’s work into our own. Sunlight’s work frequently includes examinations of political influence. The questions surrounding this issue have been studied by political scientists, economists and sociologists for decades. We believe that our work can benefit from this tradition of scholarship; and we believe that the tools, technologies and practical expertise of Sunlight’s reporters and technologists could help to inform scholarly investigations of political influence. This fellowship is an effort to encourage cross-pollination between two communities that have been examining the same question from different perspectives…

Qualified candidates are doctoral students working in the field or recent graduates of such programs.

Full listing and information here.

And don’t forget to visit the Sunlight Tumblr.

The Hectic Schedule of a Social Media Manager
Via Socialcast, a social media manager’s day starts at 5:30 and goes until you finally need some sleep. In the meantime, you’re writing, reading, recording, tweeting, pushing, pulling and otherwise evangelizing for your organization.
Clicking through to the full graphic, you’ll see that that 62% of social media managers are female, most have 1-4 years of experience (it is a nascent industry position, after all) and salaries range from $34,432 to $56,571.
Many social media managers are here on the Tumblr. Does this sound about right?

The Hectic Schedule of a Social Media Manager

Via Socialcast, a social media manager’s day starts at 5:30 and goes until you finally need some sleep. In the meantime, you’re writing, reading, recording, tweeting, pushing, pulling and otherwise evangelizing for your organization.

Clicking through to the full graphic, you’ll see that that 62% of social media managers are female, most have 1-4 years of experience (it is a nascent industry position, after all) and salaries range from $34,432 to $56,571.

Many social media managers are here on the Tumblr. Does this sound about right?


ALERT: Job Screening Agency Archiving All Facebook [UPDATED]
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given the thumbs up to Social Intelligence Corp, which keeps files of Facebook users’ posts as part of a background-checking service for screening job applicants.

 
Read more at: All Facebook

ALERT: Job Screening Agency Archiving All Facebook [UPDATED]

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given the thumbs up to Social Intelligence Corp, which keeps files of Facebook users’ posts as part of a background-checking service for screening job applicants.

Read more at: All Facebook

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The Fastest Growing Industry in the Country? It’s Digital Voice

Digital voice will be the fastest growing U.S. industry in the next five years, according to a new report from IBISWorld. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP for short) leads the list of the ten most dynamic industries, which also includes green energy sectors like wind and solar power, and Web ventures in e-commerce and publishing.

» via The Atlantic

Increase in correctional facility business 7,5% is what is catching my eye…

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infoneer-pulse:

The Fastest Growing Industry in the Country? It’s Digital Voice

Digital voice will be the fastest growing U.S. industry in the next five years, according to a new report from IBISWorld. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP for short) leads the list of the ten most dynamic industries, which also includes green energy sectors like wind and solar power, and Web ventures in e-commerce and publishing.

» via The Atlantic

Increase in correctional facility business 7,5% is what is catching my eye…

Good jobs. Literally.
Good is hiring on both the West and East coast.

Good jobs. Literally.

Good is hiring on both the West and East coast.

Do We Got a Job for You

Via Mother Jones:

We want to add some talent to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigative team. Every serious candidate should have a proven track record of conceiving, reporting and writing stellar investigative pieces that provoke change. However, our ideal candidate has also cursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.

We do a mix of quick hit investigative work when events call for it and mini-projects that might run for a few days. But every year we like to put together a project way too ambitious for a paper our size because we dream that one day Walt Bogdanich will have to say: “I can’t believe the Sarasota Whatever-Tribune cost me my 20th Pulitzer.”

As many of you already know, those kinds of projects can be hellish, soul-sucking, doubt-inducing affairs. But if you’re the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch by hand-entering thousands of pages of documents to take on powerful people and institutions that wish you were dead, all for the glorious reward of having readers pick up the paper and glance at your potential prize-winning epic as they flip their way to the Jumble… well, if that sounds like journalism Heaven, then you’re our kind of sicko.

For those unaware of Florida’s reputation, it’s arguably the best news state in the country and not just because of the great public records laws. We have all kinds of corruption, violence and scumbaggery. The 9/11 terrorists trained here. Bush read My Pet Goat here. Our elections are colossal clusterfucks. Our new governor once ran a health care company that got hit with a record fine because of rampant Medicare fraud. We have hurricanes, wildfires, tar balls, bedbugs, diseased citrus trees and an entire town overrun by giant roaches (only one of those things is made up). And we have Disney World and beaches, so bring the whole family.

Send questions, or a resume/cover letter/links to clips to my email address below. If you already have your dream job, please pass this along to someone whose skills you covet. Thanks.

Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
1741 Main St.
Sarasota FL, 34236
(941) 361-4903
matthew.doig@heraldtribune.com

We're Number 188! →

File under: at least you’re not a roustabout.

In its annual rankings of the 200 best and worst jobs in the US, CareerCast slots newspaper reporter in at 188.

Photojournalist comes in at 185.

Software Engineer claims the top spot.

Quick hit list via the WSJ. Detailed list via CareerCast.

…I’m afraid we can no longer afford someone of your caliber…

…I’m afraid we can no longer afford someone of your caliber…