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Comments on: What a hiring editor looks for (or, what’s your URL?)

Notes from the classroom and observations about professional practices for sharing the news on digital platforms.

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By: Lucas

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 19:32:54 +0000

Glad to see instructions for folks on how to create an online resume.

As someone who sees a lot of these online resumes, it's also a good idea to mention some things NOT to include. Too many people combine resume sites with personal material.

1) Don't have a personal blog on your site if it's not related to the field in which you're applying. Potential employers shouldn't be reading about your weekends out.

2) No personal or "funny" pictures. If you want to be taken seriously, then get rid of the wacky photos. Get rid of photos from your ski trip. Only include photos that you'd actually mail as part of a clip pack. Ideally, any photo on a resume site was actually printed or posted somewhere else.

3) Slideshows and multimedia taken during your vacation, or of a family event, aren't clips.

By: Mindy McAdams

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 12:34:46 +0000

Best of luck, ewalker86!

By: ewalker86

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 10:06:23 +0000

Mindy - Fortunately it wasn't too long an application form. Let's hope if I get an interview I don't turn up and find the peasant in the basement! It's quite a senior position I've ended up applying for, just have to try and dazzle them in the interview.

Denny - That's a really good looking site, really simple and clear.

By: Denny

Sat, 21 Apr 2007 00:48:38 +0000

I sure will Mindy.

Keith is actually in Kentucky this weekend promoting our Rural News Network project.

By the way, thank you for the tutorial on the MP3 player. We implemented it in Typepad, and it's working great.

By: Mindy McAdams

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:34:03 +0000

Hey, Denny, I know your prof Keith Graham! Tell him I said hi -- he will probably do a double-take and you can have a good laugh.

Nice-looking portfolio, by the way.

By: Mindy McAdams

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:25:12 +0000

Wow, they will mail you an "application pack"? Sounds like a place with a lot of red tape and bureaucracy!

I'm not too surprised about the content management system. Some newspapers still have one peasant in chains in the basement, copying and pasting the text from the print edition.

By: Denny

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:23:00 +0000

Thanks for your take on this Mindy!

I recently refined my online portfolio at and I think for the most part I'm in line with your post.

This is a great blog and a refreshing read.



By: ewalker86

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:34:24 +0000

Thanks for that Mindy, was really useful. I've been thinking about setting one up, and after applying for the latest in a line of jobs I shall do it (when I've finished my damn exams). Although, over here in the UK you'd be surprised just how many online journalism jobs are still done the old school way. Re:

I enclosed a page with my application form of all my URLs, and I phoned up to ask what content management system they use and no one had a clue!