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The Latest Front in the Developer Talent Wars: Newspapers

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Hopefully not how developers think of newsrooms.

News media have joined the great engineering talent grabThe Washington Post is looking for an iPhone developer; the Boston Globe needs a front-end developer for boston.com and bostonglobe.com. The Chicago Tribune is looking for a news apps developer. The New York Times Media Group is looking for three web developers, a WordPress developer and an interactive graphics editor in New York, as well as a web developer in Tampa. The AP, WSJ and Newsweek are looking for programmers; so is the New York Observer.

At a time when Wall Street is wooing technical talent with plush salaries and start-ups are fighting to provide the mostest happy fun time edgy dot-com redux workspace imaginable (stand-up desks! wacky office antics! field trips to the beach!), the news industry is a tough sell.

But the newspapers are making a game attempt:

“There is no free pop, pinball or posh cafeteria,” the Trib’s listing says. “You’ll be surrounded by reporters arguing with the cops, yelling about the ball game, telling crazy stories, and otherwise practicing their trade.” But, you’ll make your mom proud, the listing goes on to say. “Beat that, Google.”

“We offer competitive pay, air-conditioning and lots of fun work,” says the Times.

UPDATE: As several news devs pointed out on Twitter, there are a lot more papers in hiring mode. A great list is here.

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Comments

  1. Andy Boyle says:

    I wrote up a blog post about this and included links to many of the available jobs: http://www.andymboyle.com/2011/07/21/use-your-awesome-tech-powers-to-help-save-journalism/

    So. There’s that, too.

  2. “Beat that Google?” That’s tacky (not clever) and also laughable: I don’t recall Google being bankrupt – can Trib say the same? Stay in your lane honey.

    It’s nice that the papers are finally getting tech-minded, but they will have to come pretty hard to win over many developers – these ain’t reporters who are dazzled by your masthead and willing to work for pecans with zero interest in the biz model. Developers will want money and will want job security – both things no newspaper in the country can offer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Work for newspapers — be managed by journalists who have no clue about what you do — still be treated like second-class citizens in a world where newsrooms rule. Sounds like fun. A better idea is for techies to hire journalists — the latter profession is so much easier to do well and cross-train neophytes into. That’s what happens at Google. They don’t even allow non-tech folks into most senior management positions (nearly all product mgrs have to have tech backgrounds).