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Al Jazeera's Expansion Into America Brings Journalism Jobs Bonanza

The Qatari-owned news outlet has announced 101 journalism job openings.

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You’ve heard it all before: the journalism industry in the U.S. is dying due to dwindling advertising revenue. That’s true enough, but the expansion of Al Jazeera into the United States should give media professionals reason to believe that there are jobs out there for the taking right now.

Take this reportthat theBoston Globe compiled on the “fastest declining occupations,” which shows how the media industry is in decline. One of these occupations are radio and television announcers. According to the Globe, by 2016 the the number of people employed in this industry will have declined by 8.3 percent. “The consolidation of radio and TV stations, the growth of other media sources, and new technology are contributing to the decline,” according to the Boston Globe. The American Society of News Editors also confirms this trend. “Total newsroom employment at daily newspapers declined by 2.4 percent in 2011,” the organization states.

But Al Jazeera is bucking all the trends by embarking on a massive hiring spree. Think of it as stimulus for the journalism industry in New York. Of course, the money Al Jazeera has to hire all these people comes from the Qatari government, a tiny but immensely wealthy oil-producing state.

The move to hire a load of journalists and media producers comes nearly a month after Al Jazeera announced that they were expanding into the U.S. The media network bought Current TV at the end of December.

Check out their hiring page here. We count about 101 journalism jobs that Al Jazeera is hiring for, including investigative reporters, producers and online editors. And a spokesman for Al Jazeera tells Politico that the network will create "multiple hundreds of new positions" and will also launch new bureaus around the country. The spokesman also told Politico that "Al Jazeera has pushed the launch of Al Jazeera America back a bit: They now anticipate a launch within the next six months."

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.