Friday, May 1, 2009

The perfect job for a local news junkie

New York-based MediaBistro (which owns blogs such as Fishbowl LA, Fishbowl NY and TVNewser) is looking for somebody to cover the Bay Area media scene.

Fishbowl LA says the BayNewser will launch May 11, so the job may have already been filled (we've asked MediaBistro for more infomation). But here's the job description:
    Remember when San Francisco had two vibrant daily newspapers? Remember when KNTV used to be that San Jose station? Remember when there wasn't a Google or a Yahoo or a Craig's List - Websites that forever changed the media in the Bay Area, and beyond? If you do, then mediabistro.com wants you to be the inaugural editor of our newest media blog: BayNewser.com

    The ideal editor will not only know where the Bay Area media has been but where it's going. We don't want someone who's been pushed out of an old media job who still holds a grudge, or someone who can't tell KCBS-2 from KCBS-740 (only one serves the Bay Area).

    You'll report on all of the Bay Area media: newspapers (dailies and weeklies), Websites, radio and TV. You'll report on the new media ventures born in the Bay Area that the rest of the us only learn about later. You'll break news about the news from Russian Hill to Menlo Park.
We're not sure if that last sentence means that they will ignore news from San Jose, Marin County or the East Bay. To apply, register with MediaBistro. There's no indication on the site how much the part-time post pays.

UPDATE, 8 P.M FRIDAY.: It looks like they've already hired somebody — a reader has sent us a link to freelance writer E.B. Boyd's LinkedIn profile, where she says she's the editor of the BayNewser blog.

UPDATE, 10 P.M. MONDAY: E.B. Boyd sent us this:
    Thanks for the mention. Yes, mediabistro.com has filled the BayNewser position. Jason Turbow & I will be editing the blog. We're hoping it will become a hub for all things media in the Bay Area — including coverage of the traditional press but also of new media ventures and all the innovations (journalistic and media-related technologies) going on around here.

    The blog launches next week — May 11 — at baynewser.com.

    Feel free to drop us a line or let us know about things we should be covering (or things we're missing :) ) at: baynewser@mediabistro.com.

    Best,
    Liza Boyd (byline: "E.B.")

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't know what KCBS is? Are they serious?

Anonymous said...

"Still holds a grudge..." That leaves me out. Remember when San Francisco had "two" major papers? I remember when it had five - and the nation had two "vibrant" wire services. Boyd's resume says she wrote for UPI. Must be the new UPI, which works out of a broom closet in D.C. I doubt she was alive when the old UPI was around, going one-on-one with AP, which ended up with a news monopoly.
The Times should look more in the future, rather than surrendering to the back shop crew. NEWS, not paper, is the important part of newspaper.

Anonymous said...

The idea behind this site seems forced. Like a company that does something in one city and then assumes its format will automatically work in another. And given the job description, MediaBistro hasn't exactly raised the bar very high for its local writer.

Anonymous said...

She graduated from Princeton in 1989. I'm sure she has a great grasp of the past media in the Bay Area. Who was that guy Van Amburg? Twombly who?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely no one here cares a fig about the nothing goings on of local news personalities except other such people. Still, Bernie Ward has his supporters.

E.B. Boyd said...

Hi SF Peninsula Press Club folks:

Thanks for the mention. Yes, mediabistro.com has filled the BayNewser position. Jason Turbow & I will be editing the blog. We're hoping it will become a hub for all things media in the Bay Area-- including coverage of the traditional press but also of new media ventures and all the innovations (journalistic and media-related technologies) going on around here.

The blog launches next week -- May 11 -- at baynewser.com

Feel free to drop us a line or let us know about things we should be covering (or things we're missing :) ) at: baynewser@mediabistro.com

Best,
Liza Boyd (byline: "E.B.")

Anonymous said...

Isn't it craigslist? not two words? and certainly not uppercase. Mmm, me doth think the need copy editing help.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it be that Liz and company keep us abreast of media news and not the other way around? If you're as good as your credentials imply, we should be looking to you and BayNewser for what's new in the industry.