Fake Sun-Times iReporter ad: Journalism experience will disqualify you for this job

Los Angeles-based comedy writer Jason Sereno wrote this fake Sun-Times ad and posted it on Craigslist late Thursday afternoon:
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Chicago Sun-Times Needs iReporters (Chicago)

Quick question: What is an aperture?

Answer: Who gives a shit?

Due to changes in the media landscape and an unwillingness to pay professional photographers for full-time employment, The Chicago Sun-Times is searching for iReporters to cover a wide variety of subjects and events around the city.

ireportersiReporter applicants should have basic video/photography skills, an automobile or CTA pass and a smart phone with at least 3G service. No journalism experience is required. In fact, any journalism experience will disqualify you for these unpaid positions.

To submit your application please respond via email with the following:

1. Model of smart phone you currently use
2. Any other models of phones you own or have access to [Do not list rotary phones or other land line models. We tried taking pictures with those and it didn’t work.]
3. A list of ten things more important to you than job security
4. A brief review of the new ‘Arrested Development’ episodes on Netflix
5. The names of three friends who may also be interested in iReporting

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are submitted; with the exception of applicants who have “vertical video” skills, which will be given priority.

Please address your application to Jason Sereno, Sun-Times iReporter Coordinator.
350 N. Orleans St., 10th Floor
Location: Chicago
Compensation: no pay
Posting ID: 3839693515 Posted: 2013-05-30, 5:41PM CDT Updated: 2013-05-30, 6:38PM CDT

More on the Sun-Times laying off its photo staff:
* Chicago Tribune photographer: “The idea that freelancers and reporters could replace a photo staff with iPhones is idiotic at worst, and hopelessly uninformed at best” (chicagotribune.com)
* Former Sun-Times TV/radio writer reports his ex-colleagues begin mandatory training today on “iPhone photography basics.” (@robertfeder)
* Tribune goes to the Billy Goat Tavern to get reactions from Sun-Times photographers (chicagotribune.com)
* Former Sun-Times staffer: “The sun appears as if it soon will be setting on the Sun-Times. And that will be a sad day for journalism and for Chicago.” (observer.com)


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