Story ideas and more from the Society for Features Journalism's September newsletter:
At the Denver Post, we are bringing back out "Job Boot Camp" series. We find people who are unemployed, tell their story, and then ask experts in employment training, HR departments, counseling, higher ed, resume writing, social networking and more to give them some real advice. The piece runs with photos and a tip box with useful info for anyone looking for work.
We did this last year for 10 weeks or so thinking the job situation was gonna get better by now. Two unexpected sidebars: Many people volunteered to be subjects. And several of them found work because of the exposure.
-- Ray Rinaldi, entertainment editor, Denver Post
For Labor Day, we're doing a reader come-on for "why I love my job." With the economy the way it is, it might make for an upbeat read.
-- Kathy Lu, features editor, The Roanoke (Va.) Times
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, hot Labor Day weekend destinations: http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/south-florida-travel/2011/08/15/whats-hot-for-labor-day/
From the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald, top cities whose residents are most likely to get out of town for Labor Day: http://www.bradenton.com/2011/08/15/3420594/top-10-cities-whose-residents.html
Home projects to finish before Labor Day: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/08/12/5-home-projects-to-finish-before-labor-day/
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SFJ NOTES — Follow our conference
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