1) which sectors are still robust - i suppose the FMCG sectors, education sector, and basically all lower end (low cost) sectors are doing ok, but high end industries (travel agencies, hotels) and support industries (software and accounting/finance etc) have taken a hit. Could you name some other sectors which are still healthy?
Loan modification is hot.
2) apart from websites like monster.com, what are the other channels of applying?? contacting the companies directly (emailing them my resume) ?? are there job placement agencies here that could help, for like 1 month's salary as their fee?
Many companies will have a way to contact them directly about employment opportunities, and some are always looking. If you have any in particular in mind get in touch with their HR departments and at the very least leave your resume on file.
And yes there are a ton of employment agencies but they generally charge more than 1 month, and not to you, they charge the employer typically. They are all over the job boards as well, and in fact if you post a resume you might find more of these agencies responding than employers themselves.
3) any other advice you would like to give me. I am actually good at writing/things creative, and would really like to join the print or preferably the electronic media.
Look far and wide, there are dozens of websites you should be on, not just monster.