On Sept. 20, I recalled where five former Knight Ridder people who were assistant veeps or higher have landed.
Today, the California Newspaper Partenrship announced that it has hired Marshall Anstandig, who was vice president and senior labor and employment counsel for Knight Ridder.
Anstandig is now senior vice president and general counsel with the Media News-run partnership that has 33 dailies and 56 non-dailies in California. They include the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times, which were part of KR, along with Anstandig. He joins Steve Rossi, who came over from KR as chief operating officer.
OK, this is a bit much. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a high-profile job candidate was so high profile that anonymous posters and bloggers watched and logged her every move as she tried to land a faculty job in international relations.
The Chron said, "the blog followed Ms. Hyde's nearly every move, from her interviews at the University of Virginia and George Washington University to her decision to accept the offer at Yale."
The article says that the job- and candidate-tracking on-line rumor mills began as Web sites in narrow fields such as theoretical particle physics.
Are faculty members as concerned as journalists that exposure could be detrimental to one's career?
One benefit of talking with people about careers and work all the time is that it opens your eyes to new things.
I had one such moment recently when talking about newsroom cultures.
It seems that some folks approach the newsroom environment as a contest. They want to be the best. Others approach it as an organism that they are part of. The first person would thrive in an individualistic culture, the second would thrive in a collective culture.
Well, guess which type of culture would seem to be best for fostering the media convergence we seem to be needing?
Newspaper recruiters, who in recent years have made summer internship offers as early as August of the year before, have sometimes talked about putting a moratorium on offers until sometime later in the school year.
I'm betting that competition prevents us from doing that.
I'm sticking with a Dec. 1 application deadline -- but have broken it when pressured.
In a Pittsburg Post-Gazette article on how not to interview, we meet someone who, "ate -- no, dismantled -- an artichoke in full leaf-plucking, butter-dipping, teeth-scraping splendor" right in front of the interviewer.
Anyone who needs to be told to not do that wouldn't listen, anyway. Yet I don't doubt that this happened.
The article has advice about deodorant, tongue studs and swearing. In a nutshell: yes, no and no.
Amid some good advice about bouncing back from being fired, an article in the Acorn quotes a source who advises this answer when an application asks you to state the reason for leaving your previous job: "Mutual employment termination."
I don't know about that. It sounds rather like a mutual suicide pact.