Monday, November 1st, 2010

UK journalism jobs – a graphical guide

There are more journalism jobs around these days by the looks of the classified ads on sites such as But what is the jobs market actually like? Journalism students are generally obsessed with sport, celebrity and music as topics of interest. How will they fare in the media jobs market? And most journalism commentators […]

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

One journalism job that won’t have many applicants from journalists

Spotted on, a journalism job ad for a blogger/opinion former to cover the foreign exchange markets. “Great,” think the mass of underemployed hacks scouring the classifieds. “I could turn my hand to that. Let’s see, what does it need? Hmm – ‘Must have a genuine interest in financial markets’. Well, I don’t know much […]

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #5

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] The last in our series of tips for media freelancers is from freelance production editor David Powning, who follows his first rule and goes the extra mile to give us half a dozen pieces of excellent – if hardcore – freelance advice. Go the extra […]

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #4

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Today’s tips come from long-time freelance sub-editor Loveday Cuming, who recognises the importance of interpersonal skills to freelance success, particularly when it comes to office-based subbing and production shifts. Be proactive with your network It’s all very well having a bulging contacts book of potential […]

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #3

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Third in our roster of freelance advisers is freelance writer and editor Stuart Derrick. Like many in the world of business print publishing, he’s found his niche specialisms and their attendant titles disappearing, and his old media skills under threat from the digital revolution. In […]

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #2

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Second in the series of tips for freelancers features writer, editor, trainer and Londoner Martin Cloake. Martin has more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and writes books about Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – the latest being The Pocket Book of Spurs. Because it’s not […]

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Top tips for media freelancers #1

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] Things are getting a tiny bit easier in the media employment world – more subbing and production shifts are on offer, and some freelance writing is starting to surface. But we’re hardly out of the woods. So this week I’m going to be running another […]

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Interns and the plummeting value of a university degree

The BBC has caught up on the whole unpaid internship debate. The Your Money segment on BBC News 24 on Saturday March 13 featured a new web site set up by disgruntled former intern Alex Try. Interns Anonymous is quite well done, actually – with video documentary material, surveys and resources for interns. It’s also a […]

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

How to avoid paying for internships – be more valuable

There’s been a recent flurry of condemnation in the J-blogs over the question of whether employers should charge interns for work experience (“No!” is the answer). Emily Fraser Voigt [Update: original blog post deleted] asks “isn’t it hard enough already for new graduates?” and adds: It seems to me like a callous way to exploit young […]

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The media recession is over – we're drowning in jobs!

Oops – no we’re not. The 273 new vacancies advertised on turn out to be mostly repeats of the same job. Please – don’t do this to us just as we’ve got used to the idea there’s no future in media: we can’t take the disappointment.