The World Needs a Good Editor

By Susan Older Founder, Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists One of the things that irri­tates me most about the lay­offs and fir­ings at news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and major web­sites these days is the fact that the peo­ple in charge have cho­sen replace­ments who don’t seem to care about the qual­ity of the prod­uct. Either that or they are une­d­u­cated. I […]

DPJs: I Value Your Ideas, as Well as Your Identities

Melanie Kolden is a for­mer copy editor/arts & enter­tain­ment edi­tor who  has worked at the Day­ton Daily News, the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle and the L.A. Weekly. By Melanie Kolden I am a jour­nal­ist, but I don’t have a rec­og­niz­able byline. For all of the years that I worked in news­pa­pers (15 plus) I was a behind-the-scenes player. Most […]

Share Your Story With Us

By Susan Older Founder, Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists Many of you have writ­ten to say  you would like to get to know one another. With 685 (and count­ing) mem­bers on our Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists Face­book page, that’s not easy. I com­mend those of you who’ve writ­ten about your­selves: Melanie Kolden, Mark May­field, Britt Con­ley, Jules Older (no rela­tion), and Geveryl […]

Print May Be on the Way Out, but Content is Here to Stay

By Mark May­field Thirty-two years ago I was a senior in col­lege, and edi­tor of my cam­pus news­pa­per. I wrote edi­to­ri­als and columns on an old man­ual type­writer, with car­bon sheets placed between cheap yel­low pulp paper. Sound famil­iar? Any­one of my gen­er­a­tion can remem­ber a time before com­put­ers, before VCRs/DVRS, before cell phones and, of […]

Key: Personal Branding and Social Networking

By Susan Older Founder, Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists Febrauary 22. 2010 Job appli­ca­tions are so five min­utes ago. Ask any­one who has spent day after day sub­mit­ting cover let­ters and resumes online to no avail. On the rare occa­sion that you get a call­back, it gen­er­ally leads nowhere. Why? Because they’ve never heard of you. You haven’t mar­keted your­self. If […]

Sad About My Layoff? Not Me, I’m “The Photo Garden Bee”

Like every­one, I’ve been hold­ing my breath each time rumors regard­ing “down­siz­ing,” “right-sizing,” “cut­backs” or “sac­ri­fices to the stock mar­ket gods” started swirling around the news­room. Unfor­tu­nately, more often than not, most of the rumors have been fol­lowed by real lay­offs of really tal­ented friends and co-workers. This past Decem­ber 1st was no dif­fer­ent. The […]

Reflections of a Newsosaur: Stop the Exploitation of Journalists

The author has shared the lede and link to Monday’s (Feb. 1) post on his blog: “Reflec­tions of a New­sosaur: Mus­ings (and occa­sional urgent warn­ings) of a vet­eran media exec­u­tive who fears our news-gathering com­pa­nies are stum­bling to extinc­tion.” By Alan D. Mut­ter It’s time for jour­nal­ists to stop par­tic­i­pat­ing in their own exploita­tion by work­ing for […]

Welcome to Our Community

Wel­come to Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists. Is there life – or work – after news­pa­pers? A lot of us are in the process of find­ing out. Because it’s gen­er­ally a some­what lonely endeavor, it struck me, in Jan­u­ary 2010, that it might be com­fort­ing – and pos­si­bly very pro­duc­tive – to go through it together. Dis­placed Journalists […]

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  • Welcome to Our Community

        Is there life – or work – after news­pa­pers? A lot of us are in the process of find­ing out. Because it’s gen­er­ally a some­what lonely endeavor, it struck me, in Jan­u­ary 2010, that it might be com­fort­ing – and pos­si­bly very pro­duc­tive – to go through it together.

        Dis­placed Jour­nal­ists is a com­mu­nity – our com­mu­nity – where we find com­mon ground, where we can begin to pick our­selves up, dust our­selves off and get on with our lives and liveli­hoods. [more]

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