News with a little attitude

Talk about how journalism jobs are changing! The Florida Times-Union is planning a daily news segment on its Web site,, and is advertising for a video blogger, “someone who can report the news with a little attitude and a lot of personality.”

Are you entrepreneurial and creative? Are you Web savvy? Are you confident in front of a camera? Can you report the news? Do watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Do you cruise YouTube? Have you ever seen Joanne Colan of Rocketboom? If you said, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yea!, we may have a great job for you…We want someone who is creative. Really creative. Imaginative. Entrepreneurial.

Applicants are asked to send a 2-minute DVD along with a resume. And you thought newspapers just wanted clips. Thanks to Mark Briggs at Journalism 2.0 for pointing out the ad. As Mark notes: “For those who work at newspapers in the jobs they were hired in and haven’t changed with the digital times, this should send a message. The same for students who are working towards journalism degrees to get a job that has no innovative qualities (read: traditional).”


Behind the scenes on Live at 5

mcginty.jpgWhat goes on off camera during a local newscast can be perfectly hilarious. Unfortunately, most stations don’t let us in on the fun. But anchor Derek McGinty at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., lifted the curtain recently on his blog “What the heck was that?

Sometimes the dearth of good material sparks creativity, and the newscast surpasses all expectations. Unfortunately, Wednesday July 25, the day before I was to go on vacation, was not one of those days. [Read on!]

McGinty says his blog is “just for fun” and his personality shines through in every entry. Unlike some blogger-anchors, he generally confines his comments to some aspect of his work, but he doesn’t take his job or himself too seriously. Know of any other blogs by local anchors or reporters that make for great reading? Help us compile a list.