Monday, April 27, 2009

Look where they're trying to recruit now

This is the first that I've seen Today.com recruiting in such a location: The Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

I don't know why, but something about that just sickens me. Maybe I'm projecting.

Think this is the sort of place they expect to recruit the new "Rocket Scientist" or others like that?

I'd like to hope not many graduate students would settle for something like this, though I suppose some could consider it practice, and pocket money while they're in school. They may produce some real quality stuff too, as they put their new skills to work. I wonder how long they'd last there, under the new conditions.

6 comments:

flit April 27, 2009 at 3:52 PM  

One would hope that journalism students who were thinking about it would be good enough at research to find out what a scam & ripoff Today.com actually is

In Plain English April 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Educated people won't stay long. Look at the educational level of those that are today.com exiles vs. current today.com bloggers. I'd bet the IQ's of the ten or so exiles gathered here is equal to the sum of the most recent 100 recruits today has found.

Jen April 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

You've got to be kidding me with this? Journalism grad students for fractions of pennies? Whatever. They need to get their butts in gear to start paying back those student loans, not focus on selling products.

Anyway.

I do have to take exception with one thing: I'm not a journalism grad student or anything, but I'm not exactly a crap blogger either...and I've still got control of my blog there. (Of course, I run two sites on the same subject matter so...yeah.) Hope I'm not getting lumped in with all the IM style bloggers of low IQ there. ;)

In Plain English April 27, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

Not even close Jen! I have control of my one blog over there too. The sum of the IQ's of people gathered here (you count) vs. the sum of the IQ's of the most recent 100 recruits...:)

Phyl April 27, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

I was thinking that too, Jen. I mean, we all wrote at Today.com, and we're all very high-quality writers and high-quality content. So while I could have insulted those that remain, I realized that wasn't fair at all (there's you, and Mike from Science Fun too, with his great blog, and still many others).

What makes me feel a little sick is the thought that they're advertising on a site in such a way that could give an impression this would be a good avenue for journalists to pursue. Making it sound like almost a career move.

But you're right -- there are very, very good bloggers there, still.

In Plain English April 27, 2009 at 7:03 PM  

Sorry to offend, but I didn't mean the ones that remain, I was meaning the ones that they have been able to recruit recently with all of the negative publicity out there. I'm mad at myself for having been duped by today.com and I assume that there are plenty of intelligent people left there. My point is that despite this ad, they have been very happy with writers who can't write a full sentence and those are the bloggers that seem to keep their blogs forever.
Today.com pretends that they value wit, wisdom and quality writing but in reality they love the ones that will try to sell anything, pay for traffic and get their friends and family to buy things off their site.
I've never seen a poorly written blog be the featured blog. What they choose to feature tends to be a well written, high quality blog although many (not all) of those bloggers have left.

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