These are, of course, very tough times in the newspaper business as papers shrink or disappear and reporters are laid off in the crunch.

But there are plenty of jobs out there for those willing to jump over the fence and join the spinmeister side.

For example, the British Embassy in Washington has a want ad  posted for “a strategic communications advisor,” who would be involved in “strengthening the defence and security relationship” with this country on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Doesn’t seem like heavy lifting. The relationship is pretty secure, one would think. You would “lead the delivery of an effective and sustained campaign plan of proactive and reactive engagement across defence to influence our key US stakeholders in support of the UK’s defence reputation,” etc. etc.

Okay, the pay is not quite the $10 million a year former NBC anchor Brian Williams pulled in. “The target salary,” we’re told, is $58,200. But there’s “a strong benefits package [which] includes medical, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance” as well as a retirement plan and “generous vacation and leave time.”

Hurry! Applications must be in by June 11.