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Old 04-09-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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Default media jobs in chicago?

Hallo.

I've recently, somewhat unfortunately, lost my job. I'm trying to view it as a positive, in a way, 'cause I do have some money saved up and I was starting to get sick of it anyway.....in any case, I was wondering if there are any websites or resources or places I should go to find media/journalism jobs in Chicago? Could I possibly find some? What are the city's best job resources, generally (aside from the obvious craigslist, monstertrak, journalismjobs.com, etc)?

I'm gonna give it a couple of months and see if I can find something, the market for this stuff seems to be better in my hometown (NYC), but I haven't been in Chicago for very long and I'd like to at least give it a chance.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:09 PM
 
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I have nothing to help you with, because, obviously, I don't know any great resources since you know I'm working 7 days a week. Also, when my computer crashed a few months ago, I lost all of the jobby links that I had on my favorites.

I just want to say that sucks, man.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hallo.

I've recently, somewhat unfortunately, lost my job. . .
WTF... didn't you just get here?
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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I am so sorry man. What a freakin bummer. I don't have a lot to offer, other than I was glancing around on careerbuilder.com recently and there seemed to be a decent number of options in internal communications. May not be exactly what you're looking for, but certainly worth checking out.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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That sucks. The only thing I can think of off hand is to visit each and every newspaper,TV, and Radio website and check their career/job sections.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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WTF... didn't you just get here?
Yep. About three months ago.

My company was sort of disproportionately impacted by the recent economic downturn, let's just leave it at that.

Like I said, I was getting tired of it anyway and was starting to think about searching out other opportunities. So that's what I'm gonna do. Worst-case scenario, I can't find anything, find someone to take over my lease, sell my furniture and head home and do more freelance stuff. Which would kind of suck, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The shrinking Tribune and Sun Times Newsgroup has really put the squeeze on print journalism jobs in Chicago -- because the Sun-Times owns almost every daily and weekly in the suburbs, and the Tribune owns Chicago magazine, etc., the effect of those two operations has a pretty chilling effect on the market as a whole. The recent bloodletting at Channel 2 could have been considered a workplace-specific event, but WLS AM 890 made deep cuts a couple of months ago in their news operations, so the electronic side is far from untouched. When I was booted out of the newspaper business a few years ago (belated thanks, Mr. Conrad Black, you *****!) I ended up taking it as a sign to find a new career. That said, here is one source that may be of help: JobFile (http://www.headlineclub.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=14042 - broken link)
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I just got a job... and I start Monday. So here is my advice: don't put too much stock in the massive job search websites. You're better off going to the Career pages of well known Media/Communications firms and applying right there. I probably applied to 100+ jobs on Monster and Careerbuilder combined and I got very few responses. I applied to 4 firms from their websites and got 3 responses - much better odds.

Check out: Starcom Mediavest, Tribune Company, and other big conglomerates located around the city.

Good luck!!
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: outer boroughs, NYC
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Any other media cos located in Chicago? I'd strongly prefer downtown, or at least somewhere easily PT-accessible, but if I have to I'll buy a car and reverse commute. The last post seems like a good advice, and I agree with you, though I think some websites are better than others (I found my last job on journalismjobs.com).

As for the problems at the Trib and Sun-Times, I heard about that and it doesn't bother me much. I'm not really looking at print journalism, you have to jump through ninety-seven hoops to get the few jobs that are available and, sadly, there's not much future in it. It's not where my experience lies, either.
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Old 04-12-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...I'm not really looking at print journalism, you have to jump through ninety-seven hoops to get the few jobs that are available and, sadly, there's not much future in it. It's not where my experience lies, either.
Where does your experience lie then?
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