My new job
April 12, 2009, 9:20 am
Filed under: Adventure, Job Search, Journalism, News Industry, Sea Change

globeI may just be the luckiest person alive. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the closure of the Seattle P-I and how sad it made me, how it had a special place in my heart, and how depressing the journalism industry is.

Well, I work there now.

It all happened so fast. Two weeks after I wrote that blog entry, the P-I’s executive producer (yeah, that’s the new name for editor-in-chief) asked me to come in for an interview. I had written her an e-mail a few weeks before, curious if there were any opportunities for full-time or freelance. I was exceptionally surprised to actually hear back from her with positive news.

She contacted me on a Tuesday. I went in for my interview Wednesday. And they offered me the job Thursday.

Huh? What had just happened? I had been sitting around home, freelancing and whatnot, for five months. Companies were taking weeks — months — to get back to me about possible jobs. And my luck turned around just like that? In three days?

Well, I accepted the job. It is very exciting to be a part of this experiment. I feel that journalists across the country are keeping an eye on the online-only P-I, to see if it works and is economically viable. We’re the Guinea pigs. But I like that — we’re traversing uncharted ground.

My job is half online producer, half reporter (or, as my official title says, “news gatherer”). I actually haven’t started the producing side — that starts today, Easter. For reporting, I’ll mostly be covering education — both higher ed and K-12 — and a bit of e-retail (or e-tail), such as I work Sunday through Thursday.

I’ll keep you guys posted as I settle in to this exciting new job. I’ve been there four days, so far, and it is quite busy.

Crazy things can happen.


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Yay Nick!! I am so happy for you!

Comment by allisondoty

Congratulations! I’m excited to see how things go at the new P-I.

Remember when we had to write models for the ideal community newspaper for Irby’s class? I feel like the new P-I is like a real incarnation of those what-if scenarios we once only mused about.

Comment by Annette

congratulations. im excited to watch!

Comment by Rikki King

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