Former Inland Empire sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge, who blogged his own firing in 2008, finally got a job back in daily journalism — in Abu Dhabi. It grew out of a conversation while he was staying in Paris, as he explains.
We hardly believe it, either, but after the events of the past 10 weeks, this all seems like one irresistible tide of fate. Just when we were unhappily preparing to accept that we might not work again in daily journalism.
It was a fairly remarkable chain of events, really....
We both will be blogging about our experiences there. At the paper and, especially, on the realities of living in an oil-rich, ultra-cosmopolitan society (80-plus percent of the people living in Abu Dhabi are foreigners) that has aspects of traditional Arab culture and government … and many aspects of the 21st century.
Oberjuerge says a friend described the positions as "the last two journalism jobs in the world."