Attention, Out Of Work Journalists!

from the new-career-path dept

The newspaper business is in the can, papers are closing left and right, and lots of others are laying off staffers. But perhaps some of those who have their newspaper gigs can get in on a hot growth industry: ghostwriting Twitter messages for celebrities. Even better if you're a laid-off copy editor who wrote headlines -- all the better to deal with the 140-character limit as you seek to convey the personality of a celebrity who's too lazy/incompetent/uninterested to do it themselves, while making their fans feel really special because they're enjoying what they think is a small personal connection. Shaquille O'Neal, who writes his own tweets, sums it up pretty well: "It's 140 characters. It's so few characters. If you need a ghostwriter for that, I feel sorry for you."

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    Rogers Cadenhead, 27 Mar 2009 @ 6:18pm

    Mocking Laid Off Journalists

    I like TechDirt because it doesn't take the lazy, snarky route like other blogs in this space. The items here show an effort to be thoughtful.

    However (and you had to know this was coming), what's the point of mocking laid-off journalists and shuttered newspapers like this? That's not exactly a laugh riot.

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