Are we screwed or what? 

Stories and hopefully helpful information for journalists trying to stay in the business or making a career transition.


Job interviews
Are you married,
with children?

Lou Grant, the classic job interview was on the first Mary Tyler Moore episode.  See it on hulu.How
get your
personal details.
Plus:  People share questions they're actually asked at interviews.

I got the interview!

Now what do I do?

How to prepare!

Check out 6 tips from an expert who advises companies that do the hiring.

Also, share your job tips and interview oddities.

Distant memories 
What got you into journalism in the first place?

Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, a journalistic inspiration?
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record: prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own, for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is... that these things cannot be confined... to The Twilight Zone."
Rod Serling,
closing narration.

"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,"
"The Twilight Zone"
Episode first aired, March 4, 1960, says IMDB.

What drove you to journalism?
Continue the discussion on our Facebook page, or our blog.

The Twilight Zone  - are we there yet?



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so many places

and ways to say it

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About us

Was this your view of retirement in 40, 30, 20 or just 10 years? Even if the economy recovers, many of our former jobs will never be restored.

But we will go on -- somehow.
See what we're all about here.


Is a PR job
right for you?

The public relations industry is geared for growth, industry executives say. And they love to look at jilted journalists as possible hires. See their outlook and what five ex-journalists, including Monica Durazo, above, say about PR vs. newsroom culture.
See what insiders say.

In her own words:
Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark, the magazine of Heifer InternationalUpdated:
After an 18+-year newspaper career,
Donna Stokes,
left, became
managing editor of World Ark, the magazine of non-profit Heifer International. Her new career path has led her to Bolivia and back. But is the trail's end already near?
See her first-person account.
Plus, follow our link to her Bolivia coverage!


5 fascinating stories
See that stack of money with the googly eyes? That's the money Geico is saving in Amherst, NY. See why we think this and four other business stories are our favorites for affecting the 2010 local eonomies. Let us know your faves.
Read more.
Forum Update:
Alas, the Forum is no more, per GoDaddy.

Money update
Gold Watch columnist
gives advice for 2010
in CCTimes story

"This is not a great time to get into fixed income and bonds," Henry Gold says in a CCTimes story by Eve Mitchell.
"The Gold Watch" here.

The Gold Watch: Henry Gold answers your jilted questions.
What are my options for tax-deferred plans if I'm unemployed or not making much from freelance gigs?  The answer may surprise you.

Tips to manage whatever money you have left

"The Gold Watch," by investment expert Henry Gold, answers questions geared to jilted journalists. 

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A layoff now can take
a big bite out of your
Social Security later

As if decimated 401(k)s and pension freezes weren't enough!

If you can't get a decent job soon, your Social Security benefit may come up shorter than expected in retirement. 
You might be able to make up the difference.
See story here. 

New approach for career coach  --  and you, too

CareMadhu Krishnappa Maron, career coacher coach who told journalists why they have what it takes even in a down economy now launches a group approach to people making transitions.  You could be a part of it.

"A journalist walks down the street and sees stories others don't see. They have investigative skWhere Passions and Skills meetills, they develop sources.  That's valuable in many fields of work. Look beyond the obvious, you can do anything."

Madhu Krishnappa Maron explains her group session, shares tips on moving past job-loss mourning.

Mystery mansions, history, alt-story form score big with readers; book on sale

Bill Dedman, investigative reporter, msnbc.comSee's photo narrative of "The Mystery of the Mansions" and the historic, wealthy Clark family. 
Investigative reporter Bill Dedman (left) tells how curiosity and trust in readers are essential for a story drawing 77 million page views in just a week since posting. 
See his story-behind-the-story, our test audience's reaction, and more.  

In 2013, a book by Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Huguette's cousin and one of the few relatives to speak with her, was published. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world.
Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas.
Visit the book website here.

See some of Dedman's earlier follow-ups on Huguette Clark, the mysterious 104-year-old copper heiress.
Part 1, 
story. Part 2, story. Criminal probe begins, story. Readers prompt welfare check, story.
Write a book?
You can do it!

Journalists can  write books Competition is fierce, the book industry is in just as much upheaval as the news industry. But industry insiders including  journalists like author Jon Talton say if
Jon Talton, authoryou really have that book in you, go for it.  They also warn that writing news isn't the same as writing a novel, memoir or non-fiction book. (Updated with June sales.)
See our story and tips.


Did LA Times' layoffs make ex-staffers sick,
insecure and broke?

An informal survey reported at The Journalism Shop finds ex-LA Times staffers feeling less secure, but several respondents say they are also less stressed now that they don't have to worry about working at the paper.

Some find themselves with new or newly found health problems.

Most who responded say they're struggling financially, with the vast majority of respondents saying they're earning less than half of what they earned at the LA Times.

See the stories at The Journalism Shop.


Slate's 'How To Save Newspapers' video.
How to save newspapersIt's a little late for the already jilted, but perhaps it can help those left behind.
We know Slate hates printed newspapers, but take a peek at "Buy One Anyway."
(Opens in new window.)

George Gombossy
You can't take the bite out of this watchdog!
Connecticut Consumer Watchdog George Gombossy finds he doesn't need the Hartford Courant to keep bad companies at bay. 

Future Beloit
Mindset list?

See wWhos the Jolly Green Giant now?hat news and media items might be on The Beloit College Mindset List of the future. Like in 2031:  News has always been downloaded free to handheld mobile readers and never printed on paper.
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These are a few
of our favorite things - elsewhere

Photographer in legal battle with Miami police gets job
Carlos Miller's Web site, "Photography is Not a Crime," largely chronicles his legal battles with Miami-Dade police and other trooper troubles elsewhere.  But here he describes his recent hiring as weekend editor at and what he learned to get it.

Recession-proof your health
Newsweek article says job woes don't have to be something to die for.

Copy Editor's Lament
Hear the song: When the human safety net gets laid off and can be  gatekeeper no more. 

Should I hire a headhunter?
Stanley Bing reveals the truth about executive search firms. You need to know whom they really work for.

A good approach
We just loved the way Jeffrey Goldberg tackled economic advice and advisers in The Atlantic magazine.
Kinda confirms:
'Are we screwed or what?'
See it here.

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(because we know
you can't give it up)

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