Wednesday, November 30, 2005

More from New Orleans

Text of an email I received:

Thanks for your mention of our fund to help journalists and all staff at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. We thought you might want a bit more detail.

More than 180 famlies have registered for the Friends of the Times-Picayune relief fund. The people who lost their homes include senior reporters and editors as well as sports writers, copy editors, folks who work in advertising, marketing, many pressmen and back shop folks – everyone it takes to make a newspaper. They lived in St. Bernard, New Orleans East, Lakeview – across the spectrum. Their stories are heartbreaking. Yet, as you know, the paper continues to produce stellar journalism in the face of unspeakable personal hardship. They aren’t good at being victims, as you might image. They never imagined they’d be the ones in need of help.

For everyone who read NOLA.Com or for anyone who believes in great journalism -- you can find more information or give on-line at

Thanks so much,

Susan Feeney, Nan Varoga, Bridget O'Brian, Wendi Schneider

Monday, November 28, 2005

Part Time Job in Atlanta

The News Research Services Dept. of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an opening for a part-time researcher in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. AJC News Researchers anticipate and respond to all sorts of short and long term requests, using a variety of online sources, print resources and interview skills. Researchers provide formal and on the fly newsroom training on information tools. They develop resources and organize information for the News. Dept. intranet, and are deeply involved with optimizing search results for

Hours: Twenty-five hours per week including occasional weekend and evening work.


· M.L.S. from ALA-accredited library school.
· Previous professional research experience.
· Expertise in using commercial databases such as Lexis-Nexis and Factiva, and a variety of Internet resources.
· Expertise in legal research and public records research highly desirable.
· Ability to analyze and summarize information and to write copy for publication.
· Experience with web site taxonomy management and automated metatagging a plus.
· PC and Macintosh knowledge, and familiarity with Microsoft Office particularly Excel, required. Experience with Microsoft Access or other relational database programs a plus.
· Knowledge of Dreamweaver a plus.

All final selection applicants, who are not currently full-time, must pass a company provided pre-employment test and background check.

Please send resumes and references to:
Richard Hallman
News Research Services
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
PO Box 4689
Atlanta, GA 30302
Fax: 404-526-5840
Email, fax or snailmail, no calls please.

For up-to-the-minute news, sports, business, and entertainment:
For convenient home delivery of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Friday, November 18, 2005

Library cuts and the future of research?

Lots of discussion on NewsLib this week about the buyouts and cutbacks at the library at the Philadelphia newspapers. Steve Outing discusses the story on Poynter's E-Media Tidbits.

Here's my take on this story. As a long-time news librarian/researcher (about 30 years) who decided to retire and continue doing part of my job (an Intranet) from home, I have some controversial thoughts about the future of news libraries, judging by the response to my contribution to the discussion.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Job in network news

Fox News Channel - Researcher

Fox News Channel is seeking an very experienced, enthusiastic research professional for its New York City information center. Must be willing, able, and excited about working on a flexible schedule -- including evenings, overnights, and weekend shifts.

Only candidates with experience utilizing several on-line research databases (Lexis-Nexis, Factiva, AutoTrack, etc.) and the Internet for research purposes will be considered.

Qualified individuals must be able to handle multiple and varied research assignments. Must have a nose for retrieving and analyzing information, be able to meet tight deadlines, and work well in a team atmosphere. Must be able to work in an extremely fast-paced environment.

Excellent communication and writing skills are also required. Attention to detail a must. A strong knowledge of current events is a key to success. Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree is a plus.

A bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is a plus.


Please fax your cover letter and resume along with
SALARY REQUIREMENTS to (212) 301-8583


E-mail your resume to

resumes as a single document.

Fox News Channel is an equal opportunity employer.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

NLN Fall Issue

The Fall 2005 issue of News Library News is out, and features Wikis. St. Louis Post-Dispatch librarian Mike Meiners writes about his newsroom Wiki, and Anne Holcomb describes the Wiki she's started for one-person news libraries. Lots more News Division and news librarian news, too.