Daily Journal (California)

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Daily Journal (California) Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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Daily Journal (California) President, CEO, CFO, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, and Director Gerald L. Salzman
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but bad corporate management

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    Former Employee - Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Writer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Daily Journal (California) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a good place for a young journalist to learn the business and learn to write with precision and accuracy. It provides a good stepping stone for a journalism career.

    Cons

    Some of the editors can be overbearing and unreasonable. The publisher is a tightwad and is always looking for ways to cut costs without regard to the quality of his publications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Editors need to teach a team approach rather than managing by terror. The publisher is set in his ways and needs to retire.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mom & Pop Feel For a Mid-sized Daily

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Daily Journal (California) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Seems to mainly be a jump-off for graduate students to other journalism jobs. There is a core of savvy legal reporters.

    Cons

    Frequent turnover in positions including editors. Never seemed to be a coherent vision as to what the paper was trying to accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to differentiate itself with more of the insider legal vision readers expect from a law-focused daily newspaper. Requiring a graduate degree means the bulk of the newsroom is comprised of reporters inexperienced in covering the law and in reporting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cost-cutting editor fostered an environment of negativity

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    Former Employee - Legal Writer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Writer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Daily Journal (California) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My job was essentially over by the print deadline so the rest of the day was surfing the web or reading books.

    Cons

    There were some very nice folks and some extremely petty nasty folks. Unfortunately, the petty nasty folks were the ones in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't plan on staying here for long.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daily Journal (California)

    Pros

    It's a job in journalism in a major U.S. city. You'll get a steady paycheck because this newspaper is financially solvent. You'll also cover major figures in California's legal community.

    Cons

    Low pay and lousy benefits. The bosses excessively micromanage their employees and exhibit an attitude towards them that is disdainful at best and abusive at worst. Screaming and threats are not unheard of there. There's a high turnover rate there for good reason. The paper's pay wall is so high that few stories make it into the general news circulation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop screaming at your employees. Stop treating your workers like infants. Start promoting your reporters' work. Start learning that micromanagement demoralizes your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge setback in my journalism career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Daily Journal (California) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Intelligent writers that are probably overqualified for their positions.

    -A steady paycheck.

    -"Interesting" introduction into the world of legal community if a newbie.

    -Being able to have job experience at a daily publication is a rare opportunity these days.

    Cons

    -Former San Francisco editor who was removed and transferred to LA office was verbally abusive and laid off several employees in the three months that I was there.

    -Writers are encouraged to out-scoop the competition, unless the story you are working on involves a firm that is cozy with management or senior editors. In that case, you could lose your job.

    -SF office used "Barracuda" web filter to limit internet usage, so many news sources were inaccessible at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Do not allow editors to verbally abuse or belittle writers.

    -Do not expect writers to break stories if you are chastising them for writing about people you are chummy with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I did not enjoy working here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daily Journal (California)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and unpleasant management

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