Share the news: Our economy added 176,000 private-sector jobs last month, while unemployment dipped to its lowest rate since December 2008. http://at.wh.gov/kGdc9
A year ago, Tumblr did something unprecedented — we created an editorial team of experienced journalists and editors assigned to cover Tumblr as a living, breathing community. The team’s mandate was to tell the stories of Tumblr creators in a truly thoughtful way — focusing on the people, their…
ALSO: Drunk on a plane. The only way to go out (or down?! It’s really bumpy.) Sorry for the all caps! XO
Former nwktumblr lady Jess Bennett kicked some butt over at Tumblr’s Storyboard up until last night when the Karp Factory sent all the editorial staffers home—for good. Somebody, hire her!
This is a question we see come through the ol’ Ask box from time to time, and it’s never truly a very easy one to answer. Looking around the newsroom, our colleagues come from a wide array of backgrounds, and there’s not really a point A-to-point B path to become a journalist (other than, we suppose, going to J school, but even then who knows).
David Carr’s doing a Reddit AMA right now and he just answered this question rather succinctly, so here you go:
The tools of journalism are in your hands and no one is going to give a damn about what is on your resume, they want to see what you have made with your own little fingies. Can you use Final Cut Pro? Have you created an Instagram that is about something besides a picture of your cat every time she rolls over? Is HTML 5 a foreign language to you? Is your social media presence dominated by a picture of your beer bong, or is it an RSS of interesting stuff that you add insight to? People who are doing hires will have great visibility into what you can actually do, what you care about and how you can express on any number of platforms.
I’ve worked there for 3 years now.
I left school with GCSE’s of 1 A*, 8 A’s and 2 B’s.
I left college with A-levels of 1 A* and 2 B’s.
I’m currently at university taking English literature and aspiring to be a teacher.
I work there to pay my way, because the job is flexible and there are plenty of hours to go around, not because I’m stupid.
so just fuck off, kthnx.
Fist bump. Keep at it, stan93!
Are we a “screwed generation”? Maybe.
We’re hiring for some great positions over here at Newsweek & The Daily Beast. Want to get into media? Want to work in the news biz? Want unlimited Smartfood popcorn? How about Animal Crackers?
Here’s your shot.
Let us know if you apply and we’ll flag it with HR as coming from our tumblr family!
1. Edit Producer: This is a part-time position on the edit side working with production to build our stories for the web and our iPad app. You’ll be fiddling with copy and making our content look beautiful. Ideal candidate, it sounds like, will have a little bit of publishing/media experience and a familiarity with InDesign. Apply here!
We’ve also got a couple of internships available: one in fashion & the arts and the other working on the international edition. You can see those listings on our jobs “portal.”
Good luck, y’all.
“The exact details of the buyout, technically a voluntary Separation Incentive Program, will come later.”
—Memo to Washington Post staff that the newspaper plans to lay off — err, offer a Separation Incentive Program to —
20020 people. Via the New York Times.
Other names for the lay-offs, er, Separation Incentive Program that can be found on HR’s cutting room floor include the Relinquishment of Vocation & Reimbursement Registrants, the Migration Towards Reverse-Enrollment Bestowment Program, & the Abdication of Avocation and Atonement Deal. They picked the right one though.
Update: FJP corrects this to 20 positions.
We’re planning to expand Muck Rack’s coverage of the intersection of journalism and social media on this Tumblr-powered site with short, pithy articles. Muck Rack’s content reaches thousands of journalists and media professionals through our Tumblr, Twitter and Muck Rack Daily subscribers.
The new member of our editorial team should have a background covering media, especially social media, for a news organization. Our ideal candidate has part-time availability and a well-followed Twitter and/or Tumblr account. Experience at a national outlet creating online content preferred. Be someone who’s smart, friendly, and hungry to make an impact.
If you’re interested, send a few links to articles you’ve written, your resume, and links to your social media profiles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications to the summer internship on the NPR Social Media Desk is February 15. If you’re interested in applying for this, or any other internship at NPR, check out the “Internships” page on NPR.org. —Wright
Awesome opportunity, people! Related: I’m going to start calling my work desk the Newsweek/Daily Beast Social Media Desk! It sounds so much more official.
On his blog, which will soon be moving to Newsweek & The Daily Beast, here’s how David Frum announced the news to his readers:
FrumForum launched itself almost exactly three years ago, on Inauguration Day 2009. Over the subsequent interval, our hundreds of contributors have reached more than 5 million individual readers. I like to think that together we have helped to move the national debate. When we launched, Sarah Palin was a leading candidate for president and Glenn Beck was broadcasting conspiracy theories on cable TV. Three years later–not so much. OK, maybe we can’t claim all the credit. But we won’t refuse some fair share.
Now like all good things, this adventure is coming to an end. I’ve been invited to move my blog and print journalism to the Daily Beast/Newsweek, a larger and more technologically advanced platform. Tina Brown is one of the great media visionaries of our time. The opportunity to work with her–and learn from her–is deeply exciting.
Starting Monday, my work will shift to the Daily Beast/Newsweek site. The FrumForum URL will forward readers to the David Frum page at Daily Beast/Newsweek. FrumForum itself will continue to exist as an archive site, preserving three years of debate–the brilliant insights of our writers–and the passionate comments of our readers. Noah Kristula-Green will join me on the Daily Beast/Newsweek team.
I sincerely thank all who participated and supported this project. The world is changed only very slowly. It’s a big rock, and as human beings we represent only very minuscule and fleeting drips of water. But change is made, and together I believe the change we have offered here has been for the good.
Above all, I thank every reader–those who dissented fully as much as those who read with agreement. Journalism in the digital age is a process rather than a product; an exchange rather than a presentation; intimate rather than abstract. That process continues as ardently as ever, but in a new and improved form and at a bigger and stronger venue.
We bolded the line about journalism, because that is just awesome and right on.