A classified idea
I take no credit for this -- it comes from one of my senior semester students. But for those of you seeking younger readers ...
In class today, we got to talking about improvements newspapers could make, and most were along the things already being considered in a lot of places (more local news, free tabs, quick news summary for time-starved commuters, less shovelware on the Web site, etc.).
But one student had an idea that intrigued me and might be something to consider. At this time of year, and especially as we head into spring, she said, lots of young people are looking for jobs. But while newspaper want ads have lots of jobs, they're hard to navigate for someone looking for that entry-level position.
Why not, she said, have a section for entry-level jobs? Maybe it could be its own classification or a broader header in which you have sub classifications. Certainly should be easy on the Web. In print, it's a case of judging the tradeoffs in extra newsprint, which should be fairly minimal if you are extracting the listings from other colums, vs. any additional ads.
I think it's a brilliant idea, especially if you want to attract younger users. Your thoughts?