Tuesday, May 11, 2010...4:30 pm

One journalism job that won’t have many applicants from journalists

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Spotted on Journalism.co.uk, a journalism job ad for a blogger/opinion former to cover the foreign exchange markets.

“Great,” think the mass of underemployed hacks scouring the classifieds. “I could turn my hand to that. Let’s see, what does it need? Hmm – ‘Must have a genuine interest in financial markets’. Well, I don’t know much about economics, but I’m sure I could blag it. After all – how hard can it be to blog a few opinions? I do it on WordPress all the time…”

Not so fast. A closer look scuppers that idea. Here are some of the requirements:

  • PhD (in hand) in Mathematics (pure or applied fields) or Statistics (applied or theoretical).
  • Good background in Probability Theory, Statistics, and Game Theory.
  • Knowledge of C++, Matlab, or Perl is desirable.
  • Must have interest in using programming to conduct empirical experiments.

Yes – I think not many applicants will be quoting Journalism.co.uk when they apply for that position…

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