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FJOTD: Edward R. Murrow of Good Night, Good Luck

Smoking, what every growing journalist needs!

Wow, we’re heading into new territory. Exciting, no? This is our first Fictional Journalist of the Day that is based on an actual journalist! There will be more to come. Also, if we have to tell you who this is and who it’s supposed to be, you should be ashamed of yourself.

We’ll tell you anyway, after the jump of course. Now for the links!

– This has to be a joke. There’s no way this is their official blog. Are you kidding me? (America Airlines on friggin blogspot)

– More bloggers on blogger burnout. At what point do we start comparing bloggers to addicted gamers? (Boston Herald)

– Douchie financial “humor” blogger takes a stab at snarking journalists/Washington Post. Comments indicate results were less than desirable. Aside: what the hell happened to Dealbreaker? Did they jump the shark while we weren’t paying attention? (Dealbreaker)

– This was supposed to go on yesterday’s job posts, but here you go. Ever wanted to intern for free, from your own home? The Big Lead, a five-tool sports blog, may have something for you. (The Big Lead)

– Schadenfreude! Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is having trouble finding a job. We sure didn’t see that coming. It would probably help if he could actually recall what he did at his last gig. (NY Times)

– Hopefully, we’ll be getting to these soon. (Britannica Blog) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Howard Beale!

“No wire hangers, EVER!” … wait, wrong quote…

Hey! Long time no see! Now, you probably saw this one coming. Today’s Fictional Journalist of the Day is none other than Howard Beale of the iconic 1976 movie Network. Why? Because he’s mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore! That, and he was “the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.”

On that note, let’s look at the links!

– This is what happens when you go on hiatus for extended periods of time. Ugh. On the bright side, it looks like we’ll be hangin’ with Mr. Cooper now. (NY Daily News)

– Interesting behind the scenes look at The Smoking Gun. (NY Times)

– How does your salary stack up? (Parade)

– A little late now, we know. However, this is a pretty good read for a few reasons. First, we find out that one of the contributors at TheBigLead makes less than $40k. Second, the readers/commenters subsequently give him the bidniz for said annual income. Third, tax advice for gamblers! (The Big Lead)

– Celebrity incomes! (Parade via AOL)

– Another interesting read on Gawker’s payscale and blogger compensation strategy. It’s riveting stuff people! Trust us. (MediaShift via Romenesko)

– On a related note, the temptation to pander and hype stories is greater than ever. (NY Observer also via Romenesko)

– For you freelancing freelancers, some part time jobs with benefits might help. (AOL Jobs) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Two for One Special!

We don’t know what to write here.

We’d like to apologize for going MIA yesterday. We’re just going to blame it on technical difficulties and move on from it. To make it up to you, we’re giving you not one, not one and a half, but TWO Fictional Journalists of the Day! Today!

For this selection, we have chosen Andy Sachs and Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada. Now, you could argue that they’re not really journalists, and the aptly named Sachs (inappropriate!) was just a typical pretentious college grad at best.

We’ll have more after after the jump. But first, the links:

– You might get put off by the headline, but they make a good point about comments. Newspapers are adding comment sections for their online articles, but then subsequently disregarding them. The point of the comment section is to drive discussion and provide readers with a forum to be heard. Otherwise, what’s the point? Leave us one, we’ll talk to you. (Online Journalism Review)

– Hm, remember how we had the post about the UK teenage tycoons? Here’s America’s answer! America! F**K YEAH! (Forbes)

– Money lessons for the couch potato. Bloggers, pay attention. (AOL Money & Finance)

– More perks of the job! Our favorite? Smug Reporter vs. the Roided Revenger. (Gawker)

– And the Webby goes to… (Webby Awards)

– Here’s a piece on men’s mag publisher Felix Dennis. We used to be BIG fans of Maxim back in the day. We stopped reading it when we realized we were paying to read ads disguised as content. (Times Online)

– The good news about the newspaper bloodletting? Fresh eyes, of course. Will this be looked back on as the Great Journalistic Purge of the 2000s? (Slate)

– Interesting idea, and a lot of great reads. We’ll be keeping tabs on this. (Britannica Blog) Continue reading

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FJOTD: Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardinal!

This is….you know who this is.

Continuing with our streak of random and obscure Fictional Journalist of the Day, we present to you Ms. Miranda Vera Cruz de la Jolla Cardinal! More on her later.

We apologize for the lateness of today’s FJOTD, but we’ve been a bit swamped lately with… well you don’t want to hear it and we won’t bore you with it. So onto the links!

– This is fitting for tonight’s big game. Hopefully it’ll get you in the mood as graduates earning an average salary of $67k root against those earning $59.1k. UNC ($75.1K) and UCLA ($86.6) can take solace in their larger average salary after choking in the Final Four. (PayScale)

– Hm… I didn’t know being a journalist could get you underaged tail. “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Yay, Wooderson. Boo McConaughey. (North Jersey via The Big Lead)

– Want extra cheddar on the side? Take up a hobby that actually pays. Why isn’t blogging on that list? Oh, wait… (AOL)

– You mean it doesn’t pay, and can get you fired? (Yahoo! Finance)

– So does this mean Katie Couric is getting used to coming in last place? (Washington Post via Romenesko)

– Sounds like something out of a horror/murder mystery flick. Bloggers are being taken out like flies! The main suspect? An inactive lifestyle. Behind it all, it’s just another profile on what blogging is. You already know how we feel about that. (NY Times) Continue reading

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Ah yes…the perils of journalism

That’s got to be a conflict of interest issue right?

There are no need for words. Just watch. What? What do you mean there are need for words? Just click the play button, the videos are pretty self-explanatory! What? What do you mean where have we been? We write! Well…I mean, we want to write, it’s just … you know… stuff gets in the way. Huh? Nevermind what stuff. I know…it’s just… Look, maybe we’d write a bit more if you’d actually come around once in a while and leave a comment or two, OK? Geez, fine.

Honestly, you’re getting a little too high maintenance for us. We just thought this would be kind of like a …you know… casual thing. Nothing too serious, just a little fun while we’re young you know? We didn’t think you’d get all clingy and stuff. I just don’t think we’re ready for that kind of commitment. I mean, not at this moment in our lives anyway. OK, fine. We’ll talk some more later.

Now where were we? Oh yeah, just watch:

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No Compete- Yes downtime!

Though we’re half way into January, the no compete clause that Rick Reilly agreed to when signing on with Sports Illustrated is more like a Santa Claus. Why? Because Rick Reilly gets the best present of all- vacation!

Who wouldn’t want one of those?

It’s not really a vacation, but instead a contractual obligation. According to Denver’s Westworld News, Reilly will not be able to join the ESPN team for a few more months:

“Due to a contractual adjunct known as a no-compete clause, however, he can’t begin his ESPN duties until June 1 — and the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America means that he isn’t allowed to work on film or TV scripts, either.”

…Lucky!

With his down time, Reilly has been able to do a little bit of traveling:

“I just got back from three weeks in Argentina,” Reilly says, “and I’m fixing to go to Tahiti, Thailand, New Zealand, Cabo, Europe. I’m going to drink coffee, play the piano, get up, have breakfast, go back to bed and read, and forget the job. They call it a no-compete clause. I call it bliss.”

No, we’re not jealous. Not jealous at all.

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