Rise of Online Journalism as a Career

Rise of Online Journalism as a Career

The way people digest information continues to evolve, as it has since the dawn of interpersonal communication. Technology prompts shifts in the way news is presented, as clearly illustrated by the leap from radio broadcasts to television news programs, which changed the playing field forever.

Print media has run a parallel existence next to the technology-driven expansion of access to information, which now includes the age of digital documentation. While television, print and other news-gathering resources continue to operate as viable ways to stay informed, Web-based news reporting has grown leaps and bounds in decent decades, diminishing the relevance of more traditional forms of journalism.

As a result of consumers’ reliance on Internet-based access to information; careers for writers and reporters have subsequently migrated to less traditional channels, as well.  So what is behind the rise of online journalism and where are we going from here?

Journalism Reflects Social Change

Interesting things happen when members of society are exposed to new information resources.  Novelties at first, technological advances creating greater access to information eventually seep into the mainstream, replacing – or at least diminishing prevailing traditional methods for gathering news.

At one time, traditional home newspaper delivery was the standard for staying on top of current events, warranting an early edition, followed by the evening paper; which subscribers read after work.  As television took a larger role in people’s consumption of news, many cities trimmed newspapers to single daily issues. As a result, the trend away from print media has been moving along for decades; experience particular declines in readership as the previous century closed-out.

Cable television and its greater access to diverse programming spawned channels dedicated entirely to news presentations, monitoring international stories in real time. Coverage was increased and improved so dramatically, that reading a printed paper daily became unnecessary for viewers able to tune in to any of a dozen news channels; capturing summaries of daily events at-once.  A similar transformation is occurring today, as citizens migrate to Internet news channels as their primary journalistic resources.

Behavior Shifts Support Popularity of Online Journalism

In addition to increased access to diverse news sources, journalism shifts due to the way people conduct their lives in society.  Just as the traditional newspaper has been lost to younger generations of tech-savvy news consumers, so has the rigidly defined social structure that made leisurely daily newspaper reads possible.  Today’s news consumer moves in a more hectic environment than members of prior generations, so taking-in information quickly, by way of the World Wide Web is a perfect fit for most modern lifestyles.

The unique relationship between technological advances and social evolution work together in recent years; continuing to perpetuate online journalistic culture.

Greater Engagement

As if busy lifestyles and mobile technology aren’t enough to cement the decline of print media; another force is at-play influencing readers to get their news online.  Today’s journalistic forums allow greater levels of participation; a feature that appeals to modern citizens, who want their voices to be heard.

In the past, readers were relegated to editorial responses to stories they saw in printed news sources.  Some letters to the editor were printed in subsequent papers, but others were not used; leaving readers disengaged.  Simplified communication, by way of the World Wide Web, furnishes countless channels for self-expression; prompting more and more people to respond to journalism – or even create their own stories.

Blogs, news-sharing sites, social media, and other resources shape the way people engage with modern news stories in ways not available to past generations.  As a result, online journalism continues to advance as the career of choice for talented writers striving to connect with tech-savvy readers in the ever-evolving information age.

This guest post is contributed by Rebecca Gray, who writes about free background check for Backgroundchecks.org.

Emerging Careers for Young Professionals in 2014

Are you bored of the idea of pursuing a career in conventional fields like engineering, medicine or law? If yes, then here we present some of the emerging careers for young people who wish to explore the different areas of work. Read on…

There are several occupations that are considered emerging or popular based on their employability, career prospects and mass of workers. Where many people are busy competing in the traditional fields of technology, law and medicine, there are some who want to explore unconventional areas of work.guest

Here are some emerging fields that can prove to be a promising career for you in 2014:

Logistics Analyst

A logistics analyst is a professional who is involved in using latest RFID tagging technology for the analyses of supply chain processes and product delivery. On the basis of analyses performed by logistics analyst, recommendations are given for the necessary changes in a route activity. Some of the popular job titles in the field include supply chain analyst and global logistics analyst. As per the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), job opportunities in the profession are projected to grow up to 28 % through 2020.

Event management
Event management is a dynamic career option, which involves planning events or programs for individual clients or large organizations. This career involves non-traditional work hours and managing a wide range of events such as seminars, golf events, conferences, sports events, fashion shows, private parties, and trade shows. Candidates finding a promising career in the field can pursue event management courses for better job prospects. The important skills needed in the field include negotiation skills, multi-tasking, communication skills, innovative skills, organizational skills, time-management and pubic relation skills.

Biostatistician
This is another promising career for young professionals willing to find a career in healthcare industry. Biostatisticians are responsible for looking at the patterns of different diseases emergence. These professionals are also involved in the study of how healthcare procedures and policies can be made more cost-effective and efficient. This career option includes greater growth opportunities as job scenario is projected to grow between 10 to 19 % during 2010-2020.

Environmental Economist
Working as an environmental economist involves helping in protecting the environment by analyzing the impact of various policy decisions related to renewable energy, land, air, water and other natural resources. Lucrative job opportunities are available in scientific, technical, government and other wide range of professional service sectors.

Writing
A large section of people in the world have a natural flair for writing. It is the time to turn your hobby in to a full-time profession by choosing writing as your career. Nowadays, writers in different job roles as technical writers, content writers and freelance writers are in great demand in various companies. These professionals have a huge scope in online media companies where content is the basic requirement of the business. Moreover, in today’s internet age where every business is turning online to promote business, products and services, content writing is emerging as a booming career.

Couture Designer
If you believe that you understand fashion trends and have innovative ideas, finding a career in a glamorous field like couture designing is a perfect idea. It is a highly competitive field, which creates a place for people with an artistic bent of mind, excellent communication skills and presentation skills. Pursuing fashion designing courses can help you to develop the skills required in the field.
Follow a career path that your heart and soul desire. So, know your career plans, strengths and skills to decide which career choice is fit for you and get ready to climb the ladder of success.

How To Start A Career In Property Management

Many people have been put off of a career in property because of the financial crisis that began around 6 or 7 years ago, a lot of people lost a lot of money and the banks really shut down when it came to giving out mortgages but times are changing again, things are getting better and with new government initiatives it looks like house prices are going to start rising again. This means it is the perfect time to get invoved in property management whether it be at a commerical level for a company, a letting agency or starting your own property portfolio off and managing it yourself.

In terms of education there aren’t many ways of ‘qualifying’ to specifically become a property manager but there are ways to improve your chances of getting a job at a good company and making that job easier. Business management or computing for business are a couple of good degrees that would get your foot in the door at most property businesses. The best way of actually learning about the sector though is to actually get a job in it. This could be at an estate agents in Manchester or a letting company like Goodwin Fish & Co. You will learn all of the tricks of the trade and see what goes in to actually running a property portfolio on a day to day basis, there is much more work involved than you would imagine.

One of the few areas that people always tend to neglect is the technology aspect of your career. Before you start work do some research in to what the most commonly used pieces of software are in the profession, you will be given detailed training in them when you start work but it is always good to have a basic understanding when you turn up. There are numerous programs used in the property management sector from LetClevers inventory software to keep track of which items are in which property and the condition of them to detailed accounting software that automatically generates quarterly reports for any investors that need the information.

If you are serious about a career in property management then try and get some work experience done as soon as possible, this may be working for free or as an intern but it demonstates you are passionate about the field and will make finding a job afterwards much easier.

The Changing Teaching Profession

Have you ever considered becoming a teacher? It’s something that a lot of students and graduates think about, perhaps if it’s only fleetingly. It makes sense, we all come into contact with teachers when we’re younger (although if you were homeschooled they aren’t necessarily professionally trained teachers), and the career path is defined.

The world has always had teachers, whether they were governesses and tutors in private homes or philosophers who shared their thoughts with the younger generation. Nowadays of course, education in schools follows a much more rigid and rigorous syllabus, but what can you expect if you’re a teacher today?

Well, firstly it depends if you teach in a private or a public school. In private schools in the US, class size have been dropping year on year for decades. The average ratio of pupils to teacher is now 12.2, whereas back in 1965 it was double this. The study of education and how we learn has become more scientific over the years and we understand that smaller classes allow children to concentrate more, absorb the information better and have their needs met on a more individual basis.

In public schools the pupil:teacher ratio has dropped as well over this time, but is not as good as in private schools. In 2009 it was 15.4, but this actually increased in 2010 to 16, the first time in a decade that it had hit this point. We have a growing population and schools are crowded places.

Another change over recent years has been the rise of digital technologies, with computers taking a much larger role in education. For teachers of an older generation this can create a need for training, and recently 85% of teachers said that they’d looked for opportunities to improve their digital knowledge and learn ways to incorporate it into their teaching. So if you’re considering a career in education these are vital skills to have.

While technology can create exciting and different ways for children to learn, and help teachers to track students’ progress efficiently, some teachers report that it’s not all positive. In 2012 56% of teachers in US middle and high schools said that digital tech increased the gap between the most and least gifted students. Academically strong students are able to navigate the digital world better and use it to their advantage. There’s also a possible economic disparity too, with poorer students having less access to resources.

If you’re considering becoming a teacher, then it’s worth considering the use of digital technologies, and also factors like the size of class you’ll be in charge of.

Monster.com: Dallas-Fort Worth sees most second-quarter job growth, Houston was No. 2

The Dallas-Fort Worth area saw the most job growth of any U.S. metropolitan area for the April-to-June period, compared with the same period last year, according to a new data from national employment site Monster.com.

Houston was No. 2. Monster.com ranked the nation’s 20 top metro markets for job growth in that time frame. (See chart below.)

“The Dallas-Fort Worth market has really done well through the recession: When the national unemployment rate got up to 10 percent, the highest Dallas-Fort Worth got was [8.3 percent in early 2010],” said Joanie Ruge, senior vice president of Monster Worldwide. “And it has continued to do well coming out of the recession.”

The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July, fewer than expected and fewer than in the previous three months, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That reflects a slowing of the economy that other recent U.S. economic data also has shown.

The government will release July jobs data for Texas and other states on Aug. 16. In June, Texas employers added 5,800 jobs, fewer than in the previous two months, and the state’s jobless rate stayed the same at 6.5 percent.

In D-FW, Monster.com has seen strong demand for diverse jobs in many different industries, Ruge said.

The occupations most in demand in D-FW include registered nurses, truck drivers, Web and app developers, accountants, computer system analysts, network and computer systems administrators and customer service representatives, according to Monster.com.

Overall, Ruge sees strong demand in D-FW for health care jobs in general, many types of information technology jobs and retail sales jobs.

Here is Monster.com’s list of the top 20 job markets year over year:

RANK METRO AREA
1 Dallas-Fort Worth
2 Houston
3 Atlanta
4 Seattle
5 Phoenix
6 Miami
7 Minneapolis-St. Paul
8 Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
9 Kansas City, Mo.
10 Milwaukee
11 Austin
12 Orlando, Fla.
13 Charlotte, N.C.
14 Nashville, Tenn.
15 Sherman, Okla.
16 Tulsa, Okla.
17 Greensboro, N.C.
18 Gainesville, Fla.
19 Jacksonville, Fla.
20 Albany, N.Y.

Source: dallasnews

Monster.com: Phoenix among Top 10 cities for job growth

Phoenix ranked in Monster.com’s Top 5 American cities with the most job growth.

Not only did Phoenix maintain a relatively high volume of jobs, but it improved, compared with the same period last year, along with the other Top 10 cities on the list, said Joanie Ruge, senior vice president with Monster.com.

“It’s great to see the jobs are coming back in the Phoenix market,” she said.

Phoenix ranked at No. 5, behind Dallas-Ft. Worth; Houston, Atlanta and Seattle-Tacoma, Wash., areas.

Ruge said registered nurses are the most in-demand jobs in Phoenix.

“Of course, the No. 1 position in highest demand is the registered nurse,” she said. “We continue to see that at the top of the charts in many large markets. Health care is a strong sector. Nurses and practitioners continue to really be in demand.”

The most in-demand jobs are:

  • Nurse
  • Customer-service representatives
  • Retail salespeople
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Web developers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Network and computer systems administrators
  • First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
  • Software developers and applications
  • First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Ruge said she is seeing retail coming back strong, with two of Monster.com’s large retail clients ramping up their hiring efforts. She said she could not disclose those retailers’ names.

Information technology also is a hot growth spot for Phoenix and the nation, she said.

“There’s positions for web developers, software developers, application development,” she said. “Really, that’s kind of tied with mobile technology. Cloud technology or social media is very, very hot right now. There are lots of opportunities in the Phoenix market for that.”

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report scheduled to come out tomorrow, Ruge said she expects to see a positive job report tomorrow.

“The growth is expected to be pretty wide-spread across many different sectors,” she said. “It’s great to see those jobs coming back and actually seeing small businesses having confidence to make those hires and grow their business.”

She said she hopes to continue to see job growth throughout this year and next.

“That is a good indicator for the economy,” she said.

However, manufacturing is an area that poses a challenge.

“We have lost on average about 7,000 jobs a month in manufacturing over the past few months, so that’s something to look for in tomorrow’s report — did we create jobs in manufacturing?”

It’s still a tough job market with 7.6 percent unemployment, she said.

“It’s not a robust job market, but there are opportunities out there,” she said. “Job creation is definitely on the upswing. It does look like the positions that are coming back that are being created are more on the skilled side. You need to have specific skills.”

Source: bizjournals

Online job postings decline in MENA

Online job adverts have observed a 15 percent decline on an annual basis in the MENA region, as employers have been posting fewer positions online, according to the Monster Employment Index Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, however, saw a three-percent rise in online recruitment activity thanks to a 34 percent increase in the oil and gas sector, followed by education with an increase of 13 percent.

“The Saudi job market has been very stable because of the stronger economy, even during the global crunch,” says Muhammad Aamer Klasson, recruitment consultant at Saudi Networkers Services (SNS). “The dominance of recruitment in the energy/oil and gas and education sectors is purely because of the stability of these sectors and the fragility of others, including the IT, telecom, construction, finance and FMCG sectors. The major strength of oil and gas lies in the fact that it is the backbone of the Kingdom’s economy and a lifeline for global users.”

Klasson says that the rise in education-related recruitment is purely because of the government’s commitment to revolutionize the sector. “We have seen many state-of-the-art institutions, colleges and universities being built all over the Kingdom. These world-class education institutions have resulted in an increase in recruitment activity in Saudi Arabia.”

The UAE faced the biggest fall in the region at 31 percent, according to the index. The customer service sector in the UAE recorded a 46-percent fall in job opportunities and the production and manufacturing sectors were also prone to deceleration.

The index measures online job postings on a monthly basis after monitoring the analysis of a number of job websites and career vacancy postings by employers in the region.

A major downturn was noticed in the engineering, retail and manufacturing sectors, mainly the manufacturing sector with a 34 percent decrease, while the health care, education, communications and hospitality sectors showed effective progress. Consumer goods, IT, chemicals and telecoms sectors came under average rating.

According to The Monster Employment Index Middle East, Egypt ranked highest among all countries in the annual growth of online job postings with a 17 percent increase from last year.

“Owing to the global business scenarios, employers in the Middle East continue to adopt a cautious approach in hiring,” said Sanjay Modi, managing director of monster.com India, Middle East and South East Asia.”This is reflective in the double-digit drop in the Monster Employment Index.”

Qatar bagged second place with its sustained financial affluence, resulting in an 11 percent climb in job postings, followed by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. A decline was witnessed in Oman and Kuwait too.

Although some countries around the world are benefiting from development in their financial system, many are still fraught to evoke the levels of activity achieved ahead of the global financial crisis.

Figures as of 2012 show that there was a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia within the total Saudi labor force, resulting in at least 300,000 unemployed people in the Kingdom.

Statistics from the International Labor Organization stated that the global unemployment rate last year reached 6 percent, predicting that there will be 202 million jobless people in the world by the end of this year.

Source: Arabnews