Job Quest Advice: Take Your Skills with You

By Michael Gauger For nearly 20 years, I was a news­pa­per copy edi­tor in Mil­wau­kee, where I was born and grew up. But in the last few years, the Jour­nal Sen­tinel had been cut­ting its staff through buy­outs. In the sum­mer of ’09, a round of buy­outs didn’t yield enough cuts for the com­pany, and in […]

WSJ: Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make

By Eliz­a­beth Garone, 
The Wall Street Jour­nal Posted 7/22/1020, 10:57 EDT In a tight job mar­ket, build­ing and main­tain­ing an online pres­ence is crit­i­cal to net­work­ing and job hunt­ing. Done right, it can be an impor­tant tool for present and future net­work­ing and use­ful for poten­tial employ­ers try­ing to get a sense of who you are, […]

Which is Worse: The Waiting or the Fear?

By Holly Ker­foot “Dead man walk­ing!” The feel­ing that this should be shouted in the news­room when I pass by has faded, as have the mur­murs of sym­pa­thy from those who – for now – will be keep­ing their jobs. What remains is the uncer­tainty. You see, I work on a copy desk that is being […]

DPJ Member: I Walk on Quicksand All Day Long

Hi, every­one. I agreed to pub­lish this first-person piece from a mem­ber of our com­mu­nity with­out a byline because some­times find­ing cathar­sis is hard enough with­out hav­ing to put your name up there in bright lights. As much as I’d love to have Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists write and sign their sto­ries, it’s get­ting to the point […]

From AJR: Capital Flight  

Watch­dog report­ing is at an alarm­ing low at many fed­eral agen­cies and depart­ments whose actions have a huge impact on the lives of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. This arti­cle appears in the June/July issue of Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ism Review. It was funded by the Open Soci­ety Insti­tute. By Jodi Enda After an explo­sion killed 29 coal min­ers in West […]

Is Print Media Doomed Worldwide or Just in the US?

As I walked in the head­quar­ters of the Jawa Pos—the flag­ship news­pa­per of one of South East Asia’s largest print media empires—I was won­der­ing just how screwed my pro­fes­sion is; glob­ally I mean. Is the death of print a world-wide cer­tainty or merely an Amer­i­can real­ity? After all a lot of “old econ­omy” busi­nesses are thriv­ing in […]

Not Sure What to Do? Sometimes It’s OK to Laugh About Journalism

This is “Mul­ti­me­dia Immer­sion Rap” — a fan­tas­tic video about being mul­ti­me­dia jour­nail­sts pro­duced by Evan Vucci and Matt Ford to kick off  the NPPA Mul­ti­me­dia Immer­sion work­shop in Syra­cuse, N.Y., in May. It’s a par­ody of Jay-Z’s “On To The Next One” and just one of 10 wild and crazy short videos about jour­nal­ism you’ll […]

Displaced Journalist Replaces “The Rocky” with “Fit to Print” Life

M.E. Spren­gelmeyer is “reporter/publisher” of The Guadalupe County Com­mu­ni­ca­tor, a 2,000-circulation weekly in the col­or­ful Route 66 com­mu­nity of Santa Rosa, New Mex­ico. M.E., as he prefers to be called, was Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent for the Rocky Moun­tain News when the Denver-based news­pa­per pub­lished its final edi­tion Feb­ru­ary 27, 2009. He was a dis­placed jour­nal­ist, but not for long. The […]

We’re Not Done Yet; What Shall We Do Next?

By Susan Older Founder, Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists We have a rapidly grow­ing, multi-talented Face­book com­mu­nity. What shall we do next with this ini­tia­tive? As one of our writ­ers, Melanie Kolden, pointed out on our site in March, we really don’t know one another. (Of course, we just started in Jan­u­ary.) We share arti­cles, links, and com­ments. But we […]

AOL is Still Hiring Regional Editors

AOL is still hir­ing. If you are inter­ested in any of the fol­low­ing posi­tions, go to the AOL Careers Site, sub­mit your appli­ca­tion, and make sure to men­tion that Andrea Stone, senior Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent for AOL News, referred you. Then send a your resume to Andrea at, so she can pass it along and call […]

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