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September 15 2010


Bookmarks for March 21st through September 15th

Some interesting stuff from March 21st through September 15th:

January 20 2010


UBC j-grads weather stormy job market

For my latest post for PBS Mediashift, I looked at how our journalism grads from 2009 are faring.

The students graduated from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, where I teach, into an industry in upheaval, buffeted by a deep recession.

It clearly is a tough media environment, but the grads found there are opportunities. However, most of these seem to be freelance, part-time or contract positions, and some are emerging areas such as social media.

The grads found they have to be flexible about where they work, in some cases, moving to the other side of Canada to take up a job.

Pickings were slim in the job market when I graduated but opportunities were, by no means, non-existent,” said recent grad Allison Cross. “I say opportunities because full-time, permanent jobs were scarce, but there were plenty of contracts out there to do journalism, social media, communications or professional writing.

“In many cases, these opportunities did not resemble the ideal job I was looking for, but still seemed to provide opportunities for new journalists to get their names out, try new things and make a bit of money along the way,” she said.

Cross took a different route after graduating from UBC in 2009. Attracted by the idea of reporting abroad, she spent five months in Sierra Leone freelancing and doing media development work for the Canadian non-profit organization, Journalists for Human Rights.

On her return, she landed a one-year contract as a reporter with Canwest News Service, a wire service for several major Canadian newspapers.

Read the whole story on PBS Mediashift.

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