September 11, 2015

It has been a short week thanks to that long weekend, but there’s still a lot to read from Medium about journalism and the media. Here are some suggestions. Thanks to Lauren Klinger, Ren LaForme and Gurman Bhatia for helping curate this week.

Cheer up, little pumpkin

Mandy Crane isn’t too worried about her journalism students.

Without trying to sound like an old lady, times have been tough for graduates for years. There is no job fairy. If you want a good job after graduation you have to get up off your SnapChat and look for one. If you don’t like what you find right away, keep looking and researching and thinking. Be a journalist about it.


Kaara Baptiste has a nice short reminder about what picking up the pen can do.

Because when I was younger I didn’t get on the computer or (gasp!) typewriter until I was ready to do a final draft, it’s harder to start writing on a blank screen versus a blank piece of paper.

Journo Salary Sharer: How much do photojournalists make?

Julia Haslanger’s back with maybe the most depressing numbers so far.

The responses to the survey suggest that median salary for early career photojournalists ($30K) is lower than it is for reporters ($38K), copy editors ($34K), print designers ($38K), and web producers ($43K). Some salaries went so low, I even had to rearrange where I put the label in the graphic for early career journalists (0 to 4 years of experience).

Real Talk With Trans People

Leela Ginelle’s piece isn’t for journalists specifically, but there’s great advice on terms to use and understand (and avoid).

Dead Name: The name a trans person is given at birth. Trans folk don’t like being asked about their dead name once they’ve chosen a new, more appropriate one as part of their transition. Dead names die hard, though, and often zombie their way back into trans people’s lives through old IDs, junk mail and birth certificates.

Slack After Hours

Megan Quinn has some thoughts about making Slack work at home.

And while the emerging Slack platform is true to brand, focused on the enterprise, it could equally support more personal use. It could actually do my to-dos. An Instacart bot could place orders for items added to #groceries, a Fandango bot could buy tickets added to #weekend-plans, an Amazon bot could take care of the #stuff-for-house. The Roomino bot already manages travel bookings for teams — why not me?

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