The Chicago Newspaper Guild, which is in contract talks with Sun-Times Media, has placed a satirical Monster.com ad for a Sun-Times reporter position.
The ideal candidate “should be able to write stories with an iPad and take photos/videos via a company-issued iPhone,” it says. Also, “organizational skills are paramount, as reporter must provide receipts as proof that they are on the job. (The Sun-Times recently closed its suburban newsrooms and told reporters to file remotely.)
More from the ad:
-Ability to interview subjects anytime, anywhere as there is no newsroom. Candidate should have a car, as it may be your office. Familiarity with locations offering free WiFi a plus
-Must be willing to file stories from public locations such as coffee shops/libraries that will tolerate your presence. Candidate must be comfortable using public restrooms
-On call 24/7 for possible breaking news for as low as $13/hour
– Position requires tact to interface with community members who complain about the publication’s lack of content
– Ability to deal with distant and hard-to-reach editors in a toxic labor environment is a plus
– Enough to know how to churn out multiple stories per day, but not enough experience to demand a reasonable salary.
UPDATE: I asked the Chicago Guild about its ad and got this response from communications committee chair Beth Kramer: “We wrote it because we wanted people to know what our working conditions are really like. Everything in this ad is true.”