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March 23, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT....Looking for a job? Do you like blogs? The National Journal might be looking for someone just like you:

Job Opening: The Hotline is seeking a staff writer to take over The Blogometer. Applicants must consider themselves regular consumers of political blogs (min. 2 years reading them, also must be a fan of blogs), be familiar with nationally read blogs from across the spectrum; know how to use blog search engines/aggregators (such as Technorati and Memeorandum); be able to quickly analyze and synthesize developments in the news as well as summarize ongoing blog activity with brevity, clarity and accuracy. Excellent writing and time-management skills are also a must. As with every Hotline position, we don't expect our writers to not have an opinion, we just expect them to keep it out of their work. Interested applicants should send their resumes to jvu@theatlantic.com.

Who said reading blogs isn't a marketable skill?

Kevin Drum 2:34 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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I guess anybody can do it.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on March 23, 2006 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

http://www.markfiore.com/animation/bash.html

Posted by: anonymous on March 23, 2006 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

I've never logged on a "conservative" blog, where no doubt I'd be regarded as a troll. Unfortunately, this has not modeled behavior for Al, Jay, cn, etc.

Posted by: Ace Franze on March 23, 2006 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

This listing actually makes a lot of sense - it distinguishes certain technical skills and specialized knowledge that separate the good political bloggers from the mediocre, the things that turn it into a professional job akin to old-school journalism:

be familiar with nationally read blogs from across the spectrum - yup, I might read blogs I like, but I'm not very familiar with any right-leaning or conservative blogs.

know how to use blog search engines/aggregators (such as Technorati and Memeorandum) - I still don't "get" these things very well, nor do I care to, but they are invaluable tools to full-time writers in the 21st century.

Posted by: Adam Piontek on March 23, 2006 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Michael Kelly was a war pig.

Posted by: Hostile on March 23, 2006 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

I've never logged on a "conservative" blog, where no doubt I'd be regarded as a troll. Unfortunately, this has not modeled behavior for Al, Jay, cn, etc.
So, you find not exposing yourself to alternative views to be a good thing.

Glad us conservatives aren't so close-minded.

Posted by: conspiracy nut on March 23, 2006 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

So, you find not exposing yourself to alternative views to be a good thing.

I just like exposing myself.

Posted by: Al on March 23, 2006 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Do you think the number of applicants will number in hundreds of thousands or just tens of thousands?

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on March 23, 2006 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

I've never logged on a "conservative" blog, where no doubt I'd be regarded as a troll.

...and swiftly banned.

So, you find not exposing yourself to alternative views to be a good thing.

Um... the fact that liberal blogs tend not to ban people puts the lie to that, in my experience anyway.

Posted by: Adam Piontek on March 23, 2006 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Get back to me when you hear about a job for someone who can score a bizzion points playing Halo 2

Posted by: Rick DeMent on March 23, 2006 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Well really, I just want to get paid to write for my own blog, not somebody else's.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on March 23, 2006 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Keeping one's opinion out of one's work is not possible, and the Hotline generally does not do this. Instead, they expect all expressed opinions to be "centrist", equally distant from what the Hotline sees as the responsible left (say, Joe Biden) and what the Hotline sees as the responsible right (apparently all elected Republicans qualify).

Posted by: Joe Buck on March 23, 2006 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

These days, when employers regularly complain about their workers being functionally illiterate, even the most fundamental skills have value.

Imagine what critical thinking skills must be worth.

Posted by: Sushant Harite on March 23, 2006 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

So, you find not exposing yourself to alternative views to be a good thing.

Glad us conservatives aren't so close-minded.

Posted by: conspiracy nut

When the alternate view is enraged gibberish, no, I do not like to be exposed to it. So go away.

Posted by: Ace Franze on March 23, 2006 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

I periodically post on conservative blogs, just for the fun of it. I've yet to be banned anywhere - and I'm not exactly Mr. Nice Commenter. I just keep my posts free of bodily fluids, sexual acts, and other stuff like that.

Wish The Corner had comments; occasionally one or another of those guys actually says something worthwhile, but I usually miss it because I strongly prefer sites where I can talk back.

Posted by: RT on March 23, 2006 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: any comment on the rash of peak oil posts around the blogsphere today (TAPPED, Wolcott, Plumer, etc.)?

Posted by: RT on March 23, 2006 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

When the alternate view is enraged gibberish
The viewpoint here is enraged gibberish; but I feel it is my civic duty to hear out the moonbats, engage the travellers on the port side of the ship of state, enlarge my mind.

Posted by: conspiracy nut on March 23, 2006 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

You missed the Key part of my post, cn: GO AWAY!

Posted by: Ace Franze on March 23, 2006 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

I applied for the job...could be an interesting exercise...assuming it pays well enough and they can stomach an ascerbic and obnoxious lefty in the house.

Posted by: RedDan on March 23, 2006 at 7:40 PM | PERMALINK

Ben Domenech might want to apply.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on March 23, 2006 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

This is interesting, my questions are, does this person have to relocate near you or can they work from anywhere? And what is roughly the salary range you expect to pay? (I am a grown up with a family).

If it could be done remotely it could be my dream job.

Big Time Patriot

Posted by: Big Time Patriot on March 24, 2006 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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