Mar 13, 2009

'Don't land here'

The job market for newspaper journalists has apparently become so desperate that small papers are chasing off large pools of potential applicants for open positions. Take the small Beverly Hills Weekly, which has barred the door to anyone living outside of Southern California or with five or more years of experience:
Seeking reporter who does it all- Beverly Hills Weekly
Website: http://www.bhweekly.com
Description: Beverly Hills Weekly is seeking a reporter who can cover it all from education to city council and beyond. Beverly Hills Weekly is a community paper with a circulation of 15,000 and a readership of some of the most influential people in Southern California. We do not cover entertainment news.

Applicant must be available to attend Tuesday night city council and school board meetings. B.A./B.S. degree required. (College newspaper writing experience OK)
Perfect position for a recent college graduate. This is not the position for a journalist with more than 5 years paid experience. Salary is negotiable. Southern California residents only.
Fax resume and no more than 2 clips (if available) to: (310) 887-0789 or email to josh@bhweekly.com. Absolutely NO PHONE CALLS. NO OUT OF STATE RESUMES.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Salary is negotiable." -- So how does $9.00 an hour sound to you, son?

fishmonger said...

This and the other blurb before it clearly indicate that the world outside of journalism perceives traditional journalism as being out of touch. For some reason, no journalists ever seem to get that. They want high wages, they want absolute security, and if the business model doesn't work, it's the fault of those damn people at the top. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

Fishmonger, let's see you sit through a council meeting until 2 am and then make sense of it all on deadline without pissing off the council members, the public, or both. And this time away from family will be rewarded with long hours and low pay. But we're demanding of some security. Who's out of touch?

Newshound said...

This of course makes perfect sense in a twisted sort of way. The BHW wants young go-getters, not journos who have seen too much, suffered too much and won't say "how high" when someone tells them to jump.

Just one problem, though:

What recent graduates are still looking for careers in print?

Would they be "special" boys and girls?

newsjunkie said...

exactly newshound!!! :-)

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Anonymous said...

it's a rag anyways. so of course they wouldn't want an experienced journalist. a cub reporter still wet behind the ears won't speak up.

Anonymous said...

Journalists were lucky. They were paid, in some cases quite handsomely, to do something that really is more of a hobby than a career.

Bloggers have upended the economics of the system. They do the same work, but for free. That's as it should be.

Anonymous said...

It's sad if anyone truly thinks bloggers are "doing the same work" as paid journalists. There is very little actual reporting being done by the blogosphere. How many bloggers attended your most recent local city council meeting? How many bloggers are reporting on foreclosures -- not opining about the crisis, but actually producing news about it? It's not happening.

nota said...

Fishmonger,

Thanks for using a registered login. I'm not going to bash you for saying we're out of touch. But I still think you're wrong.

People still want content, but they want it to be free. Publishers want content, but they don't want to pay for it. At the end of the day, the poor shlub that actually has to create the product is the one part of journalism's business model that's regarded as essentially worthless, which is absolutely ridiculous.

When newspaper execs are making six figure salaries and bringing in equally high revenues, while the writers are making 30-40k, then cutting those meager newsroom costs are clearly NOT the way to fix the problem.

I'd say the problem isn't in the industry, but in the businesses that are trying to run it.