Posted on | September 14, 2012 | No Comments
I got only 10 résumés four months ago when I asked the Displaced Journalists community — LinkedIn, this website, Facebook and Twitter — to help develop a talent pool of journalists seeking fair pay.
When I asked for résumés, I had a client looking for a consortium of journalists who could be tapped or dispatched quickly to cover stories on a variety of subjects and in many locations. Unfortunately, with only 10 responding, I couldn’t deliver.
I have the domain name Real World Media waiting to become a not-for-profit conduit to hook journalists up with clients willing to offer fair compensation for our work. I haven’t built the website because I don’t detect any interest. Even then, I would need to seek foundation funding to build basic operations, but I believe it could work.
Am I wrong, though, about the lack of interest? Have most journalists found jobs? Have we just given up? That client is gone, but if I had a bank of résumés, I could see what we have to offer as a group.