Have you been noticing more posts and tweets for journalism jobs lately? Me too.
But to make sure it wasn’t the spiked eggnog that was making me feel more positive about the journalism industry’s financial state, I shot a quick email to the folks at JournalismJobs.com.
They immediately responded, confirming “jobs are up overall over the past 15-18 months.”
Well, not to sound cynical, but nearly EVERYTHING is up when you compare it to a year and a half ago.
“At our lowest point, we fell to 650 or so job listings in mid-2009,” added Dan Rohn, founder of the site, when I asked for more information. “We have a little more than 880 total listings now. That’s about a 25 percent increase over the past 15 months.”
He also said that at the site’s peak in 2007, they had about 1,200 job listings, not including include 150 internship posts.
Eric Wee, president of JournalismNext.com, also confirms an increase.
“We have been seeing an increase in postings in the last 6-8 months,” he said. “It seems to be pointing to some sort of recovery and even expansion (online) in the media world.”
The listings have doubled when you compare the first half of 2010 to the second. And, naturally, nearly doubled year over year.
Yes, there are still many of us looking for work. Yes, furloughs are still part of our realities. And, yes, we’re all still underpaid.
Yeah, yeah, yeah… we’ve got a ways to go. But you can’t deny that this is a positive trend and potentially a sign of growth and rebuilding.
Let’s celebrate with some spiked eggnog, shall we?
Robert Hernandez is a Web Journalism professor at USC Annenberg and co-creator of #wjchat, a weekly chat for Web Journalists held on Twitter. You can contact him by e-mail ([email protected]) or through Twitter (@webjournalist). Yes, he’s a tech/journo geek.