Don’t ask me to write a cover letter for a journalism job.
Right now reporting gigs are nearly impossible to come upon for the talented peers of mine looking for industry work – some have already moved on.
Some jobs may still be available, but really, despite their struggles and job loss, one newspaper department is as powerful as ever: human resources.
Below see how I think the job-hiring process should go.
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Suppose you’ve started a career in another field and look back somehow longingly on the print industry.
You want to freelance on the side, make some cash and rekindle the love with the sight of your byline by slumming it in the currently self-destructing print industry. But, of course, if you have any writing samples or clips they’re outdated, if not lost, irrelevant or, dare I say, embarrassing.
That doesn’t mean you can’t begin a freelance writing career today.
Get online, start small, aim big and try not to take any work from me, OK?
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The stairway of the Franklin Learning Center that I took to Mr. Sedwin's classroom each week.
You’re supposed to learn from teaching, or something like that.
I suppose with that knowledge in hand, I knew I’d learn something when, two years ago, I first walked into the Franklin Learning Center, a magnet high school in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia.
I was there to help launch a student newspaper. I, too, was a student, writing for The Temple News, the college newspaper of Temple University.
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Put down your scissors, my fellow journalists.
If you need to send clips to an editor, press agency or competition, the days of taping newsprint to card stock or loose paper are gone.
Below read my advice about making clean, crisp clips or risk seeming downright dusty.
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In yesterday’s Philadelphia Weekly I shared the story of Vlad Glikman, who blames a failure in Philadelphia’s ambulatory system for the death of his mother.
Jan. 20, 2008: Glikman receives a frantic call from his 81-year-old father telling him that his mother, Adalina, is unconscious in their Somerton apartment in the Northeast. His father says a private ambulance company, Century, is on the way. Twenty minutes later, Glikman arrives at his parents’ home and finds his mother on the ground, still unconscious, with no ambulance in sight. His father calls Century again, but according to Glikman, the ambulance driver says he can’t get his engine started due to the blistering cold. Desperate to save his mother, Glikman dials 911. Fifteen minutes later—far too late by most national standards—a city-dispatched ambulance arrives just in time to pronounce her dead. Read the rest here.
While it focuses on Glikman, the story serves as an update from a May 2006 story by Mike Newall on Philadelphia’s poor ambulance response times.
Read the story, comment, then com on back, as always, and see what didn’t make it into the final story.
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Susan Davis teaches a library-science class at Drexel, where enrollment in the program has grown more than threefold since 2000. Retirements are opening jobs for librarians. Photo by DAVID M WARREN.
I try to tackle the contrast between contracting libraries in Philadelphia and a surge in library-sciences programs at regional colleges in a story for today’s Style & Soul section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
You might think librarians are going the way of card catalogs.
After all, many of Philadelphia’s Free Library branches are on the chopping block come summer, and the number of public school librarians have dropped by half in the past 15 years.Yet local colleges tell a different story.
At a time when free access to Internet, books, movies and lectures is more important than ever, libraries across the country — where many librarians are graying and retiring — are seeking skilled information specialists, trained and college-educated in the library sciences. Library science programs here are filling the need. Read the rest here.
Go there, check out the story, comment and then come back here for the extras that didn’t make it into the full story.
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Updated: 3/9/09 at 8:56 p.m.
Newspapers and many magazines don’t cover freelance expenses, like telephone calls.
What gives? Doing some quick math – and the 15 cents per minute phone call I use from my cell-phone plan to charge those publications that do accept my charges – I expect to spend at the very least more than one hour on the phone per story. Yeah, that’s about $10.
Ten bucks isn’t a chunk of change in the eyes of even the most crippled newspaper, but that does mean I spent more than $100 in additional phone charges last month.
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"I'll be honest: I have difficulty finding time to relax", freelancer Chris Hardwick says. (Photo by Sian Kennedy)
Chris Hardwick, a freelancer and contributor to Wired magazine, rocked out two popular self-help, time-management guides – the Four Hour Work Week and Never Check Your E-mail in the Morning – and broke it down for the average freelance journalist or writer.
Well, as a freelancer myself, I am often looking for better methods to save time and accomplish more. So, when I saw another noted self-help guide, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was giving away a free audio-book, I nabbed it and put it on my Zune.
I thought I could break down Stephen R. W. Covey’s 1988 cult hit for you freelancers out there.
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If you peeked at my Blogging clips on this Web site recently, you may have noticed that I have begun contributing to uwishunu.com, a very cool arts and entertainment blog in Philadelphia.
If you have managed some RSS feed for my Disclosures on this site, you may also have seen that uwishunu is a product of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp., which means I am currently receiving small funds from a public relations organization.
I’m over it and hope you are, too. If it causes a conflict, we’ll cross that bridge when we have to. Because, right now, I enjoy the work and love the product – I was subscribing to uwishunu long before I became involved.
Below check some of my work and extras from those assignments.
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Not long ago I celebrated the one-year anniversary of ChristopherWink.com. Well, really, I think we all celebrated that fine day.
This is the 500th post I’ve done here, some much better than others.
Today, why not cue up the video montage and look at the way we were.
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