Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp

Note: NIGP is proud to offer an opportunity for a very special guest to post on the diminishing opportunities offered to members of the main stream media. Here goes, with our blessing:

We here at the Nihilist in Golf Pants are not totally unsympathetic to the plight of our brethren in the MSM. After all, this is “the Bush economy.”

It’s especially tough here in the Twin Cities. The Pioneer Press has had to lay off full-time reporters in favor $75 a week hobby columnists, and the Star-Tribune has been bought by an investment banking firm, one of those unenlightened businesses where people are actually expected to work for their paycheck.

Things got a little easier for out-of-work dead-tree media types with this posting from

Description:Al Jazeera English, a 24 hour international television network, has immediate opening in Washington DC for the following freelance position(s):
News Writer/Producers - Freelance.

Al Jazeera English is looking for an aggressive, energetic and creative people to join our freelance pool of Writers/Producers. These positions require excellent writing skills and someone who will go beyond just re-typing wire copy to make stories compelling and accurate must be a strong writer and producer, have sharp news judgment, excellent technical skills and the ability to work well with others. Knowledge of current and international events and the desire to help craft the newscast is a must.

A minimum of three years of professional writing experience is required. U.S. applicants only, please. Flexibility is a must. Daily rates vary, depending on experience and assignments. Please e-mail your resume and two writing samples to No phone calls please.

Many reporters were already working indirectly for Al Qaeda – and against U.S. interests – in Iraq. This just makes it more transparent.

Here’s our list of the top-11 other jobs that are suitable for out-of-work Pioneer Press and Twin Cities reporters, as listed on

11. Writer, Oceana.
10. Managing Editor, WireTap Magazine.
9. Associate Editor, National Public Radio.
8. Deputy Editorial Director, Media Matters.
7. Employee Communications Specialist, SONY. (Requires that you don’t mind working for a company that actually makes a profit.)
6. Documentarian, Corporation for a Skilled Work Force.
5. Speechwriter, West Wing Writers, LLC.
4. Executive Director, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
3. Associate Editor, PBS Interactive.
2. Writer/Editor, Rainforest Alliance.
1. Communications Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Nihisist Adds: I'd have put replacement for Molly Ivins at #1.


Blogger Steve said...

They could also try technical journalism, but tech journalism has the downside of requiring your documents to actually reflect the equipment or software written about.

A real problem for MSM journalist, as the users won't care what unnamed sources think.

And, while you can photoshop illustrations for use in tech documents, the resulting graphic must once again accurately reflect the equipment or process being portrayed.

On second thought, I guess I'd better withdraw this idea. Tech journalism is just too realistic for the highly talented MSM folks.

3:28 PM  

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