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No paper? No problem.

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The Poynter Online has a section called “Ask a Recruiter” where individuals are allowed to ask Joe Grimm, a recruiter, questions about applying for jobs.

In this posting, a woman named Jessica asks whether one should submit hard-copy application materials for jobs. In the past Grimm always advised sending in hard copy materials but his opinion has changed. He says nowadays, the more digital an operation becomes the more they prefer digital applications. He works for a website called Patch.com and he hardly ever has to deal with paper. According to him, the process of converting hard-copy materials to digital is time-consuming  and would be sending the ‘wrong message’ to the organization.

I would tend  to agree.

In my opinion the internet provides the most convenient means of transferring documents available. As long as there is an internet connection, you never have to worry about documents disappearing or getting lost in the mail as they are kept on file forever, or at least as long as the storage space functions. The less paper we use the better, and the more we move toward electronic documentation the better because it is far more convenient and safer for the environment.

link: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=77&aid=194432

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November 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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The beginning of the beginning… again? Not!

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It is always funny to see journalists talks about the print industry if for the only reason it being like asking the Captain of the Titanic how his ship is doing while it is pointing 90 degrees upwards.  Newspapers and Magazines have had their time in the sun, and it has been a good run… about 150 years depending on where you are. In the article Seven Reasons Newspapers Are Not Rebounding Financially, author Rick Edmund is attempting to explain why newspapers aren’t making as much money as they were. He says it is for these reasons:

1. Advertising revenues are still falling

2. Online and other digital growth doesn’t take up the slack.

3. Newsprint prices are rising again.

4. Other cost reductions are cycling through

5. Circulation revenues have gone flat.

6. The “death spiral” cycle continues.

7. Debt continues to be problematic.

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Newspapers and print journalists have to accept the fact that they are a relic of the past.

People are not going to starting dropping their iphones and computers and buy more papers. PERIOD. As time passes there will be those who were born prior to the advent of computer use who will continue to buy newspapers for old-times-sake, those who appreciate the ‘vintagness’ of it like those who continue to buy vinyl records because of the sentimental value. Readership has  flat lined but in the long run people will slowly read less and less papers and magazines because of the convenience provided by the internet.   Nobody will pay for something if they can get it for free. Some will but apart from the fact that most people don’t read, people want to receive information in the fastest, cheapest, most convenient way possible.

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November 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Brazil Elects First Female President

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Brazil has elected Dilma Rousseff  as their first Female president. Her main goal as president is to eradicate poverty and cap spending.

Rousseff, 62, has never held public office. Not only that, but she was a former Marxist-guerilla who was jailed and tortured by Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship. S

he comes into office after President Luiz Inacio Lula who after being elected in 2003, has raised 21 million Brazilians from poverty while increasing economic growth at almost twice the pace of the former eight years.

Rousseff is seen as Lula’s hand-picked candidate who will expand on his social and economic policies. It is interesting to see that more women are being elected into the highest office of power in national government and I hope this trend continues. Brazil has intimate relationships with the coalition of leftist governments in South America, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. After seven years of Lulas presence  I wonder if Rousseff will intereact with her neighbors similarly or differently.

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November 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

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Isreali Coalition Government Threatened with Collapse

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Israel’s Labor Party has threatened to leave Israel’s  coalition government if negotiations with Palestine do no resume soon, according to cabinet minister Avishay Braverman

Negotiations with Palestine have come to a halt since the freeze on settlement construction has expired. Braveman has implored President Obama to become involved more intimately involved in the peace negotiations to spur a resolution to this 60 year conflict.

“Netanyahu has to make a very tough choice, but leadership is about tough choices, making tough decisions,” said Braverman. “For Netanyahu the game is now. He has to choose between sustaining political equilibrium to survive, or changing it to make history … It’s an act of bravery.”

This conflict has been ongoing for many decades and it is silly to think that the problems between the two states have continued to this day. When Britain relinquished its control of the area after WWII, they were determined to create two states, one arab and one jewish that were equal. Israel’s existence was threatened on multiple occasions and because of that  generation of hyper-nationalistic individuals have grown and now occupy public offices.

At the current state, the IDF controls what goes inside and out of Palestine, as proven by the attacks on protestors of the Israel blockade of the country. If a country cannot be free because the Palestinians people intrinsically pose an existential threat to Israel’s existence, how can the Isreali-Palistinian conflict ever be solved?

Israel deserves the right to protect itself, but it doesn’t give it the right to control the lives of anyone. Hopefully this threat to dismantle the coalition government will spur a swifter resolution to the quagmire of the Middle East.

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November 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

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Bada Bing!

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In a recent NPR podcast for “Planet Money”, commentator David Folkenflik Discussed a new agreement between Microsoft and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. To give Bing, Microsoft’s propriety search engine, exclusive access to news content from the Wall Street Journal.

This comes at a time when ad revenues  and readership of newspapers and magazines are shrinking as more individuals turn to the web to access media content for free. To make profit, News Corp. will give Bing exclusive rights to news content online for a undisclosed sum of money from Microsoft.

This is a paradigm shift in the web because the one thing about the web is the ability to access information through search engines. It literally means when you look for a wall street journal through google’s search engine, the same results will not come up.

This might give Bing an edge for particular content and might start a content war between web sites. There is no telling how this will affect the business model of websites, but when times are tough media companies will do anything to make a dime.

Link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2009/12/podcast_3.html

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November 1, 2010 at 1:58 am

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