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A friend spotted this on a journalism job list:

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Editor to Monitor Blogs for Dow Jones Newswires.
Location: Jersey City NJ

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Dow Jones Newswires is seeking an editor to join its equity markets
team and mine publishable scoops and intelligence from the world of
blogs. The successful candidate will be aggressive, self directed and
interested in blogs and their proprietors, but must also possess the
news judgment and high standards needed to separate the mean spirited
and the overly speculative from the insightful and the useful. The
editor's main responsibility will be funneling short, spirited and
well-written items into "Market Talk" - effectively Dow Jones
Newswires' running blog on corporate and market developments. There
will also be the opportunity to write about developments at prominent
blogs and trends in blogging.

"Is it just me," asks my friend, "or is Dow Jones advertising for someone whose job will be to steal blog posts?" Quick answer: yes. Only please to call it "research".

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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