Predictions of Job Growth by Spring

When the recession hit in December 2007, 7.5 millions Americans were unemployed and the jobless rate stood at 4.9 percent, states Joseph Berge in the NY Times article Summers Predicts Job Growth by Spring.

Lawrence H. Summers, President Obama’s top economic advisor, stated that he believes that the unemployment rate will be at its lowest by the spring.

Mr. Summers said that “everyone aggress the recession is over.”

It is noted in the article that the President plans to spend $50 billion on “repairing the nation’s infrastructure.”

 This article is a positive note not just upcoming graduates, as myself, but for the country in general.

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Staying Strong Through the Recession

While other small businesses are struggling due to the economy, Dancin’ Queens Dance Studio is growing. Dancin’ Queens has a steady increase even though the recession has hit hard.

Jacqueline Szucs has been dancing since she was 2 ½ years old and has carried it into her High School and college years. In July of 2002, Szucs decided to open up Dancin’ Queens for business. Dancin’ Queens is a privately owned Dance Studio that now employs 14 staff members.

“I am extremely proud of myself and the way the business has been running. I opened up the Dance Studio when I was only 23 years old,” stated Szucs.

Before opening the studio, Szucs worked in the corporate world and it was then she figured out she wanted to work for herself.

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More layoffs

The Toronto Star employs 1,300 staff across all divisions and reported that 166 employees will take “severance packages at the country’s largest circulation daily newspaper.”

 It was reported in the Toronto Star article on Dec. 9, 2009 that those employees have 90 days left at the company.

 “The cuts come as the newspaper’s parent company, Torstar Corp., moves ahead with what it says will likely be the biggest restructuring in the Toronto Star’s history.”

It seems that position cuts are becoming more and more popular these days.

 Check this out. It is a video that was shown in the journalism program. Kind of blows your mind.

Paying for News Online

Axel Springer, the founder of the German newspaper publishing business that publishes the biggest daily in Europe says he wants publishers to get paid for their work on the Internet, even that almost everyone assumes that online news should be free.

            “A highly industrialized world cannot survive on rumors. It needs quality journalism, and that costs money,” said Springer.

            Yet, Springer is not the only one who is looking to make money off the Internet, Robert Murdoch, the chief executive of News Corp., has been saying that he plans to “erect so-called pay walls for his company’s newspaper Web sites.”

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Dangerous Zones for Journalists

In New York Time’s article For Novice Journalists, Rising Risks in Conflict Zones demonstrates the dangers of inexperienced journalists going out for stories in dangerous war zones. The article uses the example of Amanda Lindhout who dreamed of becoming a journalist. Lindhout wrote for her hometown newspaper in Alberta, freelanced from Iraq for Press TV and produced reports for cable news channel in France. She did not have any formal journalistic training, according to Ian Austen of the NY Times.

Lindhout decided that she would save up her money and go with her friend, Nigel Brennan, to Somalia to report for France 24, a news channel owned by the French government. The two were captured and tortured and finally released by Somali Kidnappers for a payment of $600,000, raised by family and friends, after 15 months.

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What job would be your last resort?

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Due to the recent situation of the economy, I went out and asked a random group of people which job they would take as their last resort. Here are some of the interesting answers I got when I asked the question “What job would be your last resort?”

Stony Brook Students Should Study Abroad

Only five percent of students study abroad during their college careers according to With the current job market, it might be beneficial to have this experience. The Stony Brook study abroad office, located on the 5th floor of the Melville Library, is dedicated to helping students find the program to best suit them individually and to get financial aid and academic credits abroad.Stony Brook has the benefit of being a part of the SUNY system, meaning students here can choose from any of the programs offered by all SUNY schools. As a result, almost every country has an available program at SUNY tuition cost.There are winter programs in Ghana, Rome and Poland, plus many other locations. These programs last two to four weeks during the intersession break. Many students who cannot be away from campus for entire semester take part in these programs or in the summer programs.


Summer programs can range from a couple of weeks to months. Popular programs include study in Japan, Russia, Oxford, U.K and Tanzania. Students are accompanied by Stony Brook and SUNY faculty while abroad and take classes under their instruction.

If you’re interested in a longer stay abroad, the semester-long session is for you. Students can choose to study for fall or for spring or for both consecutively. Long term study abroad can range from four months, as is the case in the Florence program, to six months for Brighton, U.K.  While abroad, students are enrolled in different universities in their given country but remain Stony Brook students.

It is very important for students to attempt to study abroad if they are given the opportunity. Studying abroad not only opens up your access to the world, but also looks impressive on a job resume.


Brookhaven National Lab: an incredible place for incredible people


All students here probably know that Stony Brook University has a partnership with Brookhaven National Lab, but we’re not quite sure what it is or what is its purpose.
I recently went on a field trip with one of my classes and I was surprised to learn so much about this institution.

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Club promoter, a student job

in "Highline Ballroom"

You are running out of money but you don’t want to miss a good party night with your friends to go to work? Be a promoter!

On Halloween I went to a cool club in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan, called Highline Ballroom. A friend of mine is working there as a promoter which means he goes to different clubs in Manhattan and brings along his friends. They pay only 20$ (girls)/30$ (guys) and get free drinks the whole evening. On “normal-non-halloween-evenings” it is even cheaper. Sounds like a lot of fun, and it is!

Financial gains in cutting back on circulation

The Hannibal Courier-Post, “Missouri’s oldest daily newspaper serving since 1838,” has improved the paper by cutting off Monday circulation. Publisher Jack Whitaker informs the public that Monday was cut because it was the day that had the least advertising. The small daily now prints from Tuesday to Saturday.

“In an industry struggling with bankruptcy filings… about 100 U.S. newspapers have either reduced the number of days they publish or gone to the Web entirely.”

Whitaker reassured readers that this transition was better off this way.

In March, the Detroit Free Press only delivers on three days, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the three days that generate the most advertising. The Detroit News only makes home deliveries on Thursdays and Fridays.

Paul Anger, Free Press editor, says that “the change has strengthened the newspaper’s multimedia presence because reporters and editors are now more focused on the Web.”

Whitaker also adds that he still worries about how readers deal without Monday print edition. He states that while the online content is updated frequently, limited access to effectively reach the broadband Web causes a problem. Continue reading