Newspaper Reporter Still the Worst Job in America

, Don Irvine, 1 Comment

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Editor’s Note: Here’s why you need to get a second opinion for whatever career advice your university offers you.

For the second year in a row, and third out of the last four, being a newspaper reporter ranks as the worst job in America.

The Jobs Rated Report has been compiled by CareerCast since 1988, and ranks 200 U.S. jobs based on a wide range of criteria that includes income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

Just ahead of newspaper reporter is the job of logger/lumberjack, which finished at number 199 for the second straight year after being dead last in 2014.

Another media-related job—broadcaster—came in at number 198, with an equally glum outlook for the future.

For some people leaving the news business was a sigh of relief, according to CareerCast:

‘The news business has changed drastically over the years, and not in a good way,’ says former Broadcaster Ann Baldwin, president of Baldwin Media PR in New Britain, Connecticut. ‘When people ask me if I miss it, I tell them ‘I feel as if I jumped off of a sinking ship.’’

Baldwin’s time in the media, working at TV stations in the Rocky Mountains as well as Hartford, Connecticut, helped prepare her for her new career—providing public relations solutions and crisis management for businesses.

Even though job losses in the print and broadcast news business have generally slowed from a few years ago, both groups are still under intense pressure to rein in costs and improve profits.

CareerCast’s outlook for both newspaper reporters and broadcasters predicts negative growth of 9% through 2024, which means that these high stress, low paying, jobs are likely to remain among the worst jobs in America for the foreseeable future.

Editor’s Note: The original post was posted at Accuracy in Media’s website.

 

One Response

  1. jaimelmanzano

    April 25, 2016 12:31 pm

    Journalism has lost its credibility.

    Actually,
    it never had much to start with. Its pretensions, as an institution to
    educate and inform, on which democracy depends, just doesn’t hold up on
    close examination. It may well explain the demise of the system. It
    has proven incapable of confining itself to reporting timely and factual
    narrative. Never did. Early on, it tasted power, and learned to
    aspire, to persuade, even control, the duly elected to pursue the agenda
    it saw fit to present to a gullible public.

    Come to think of it, journalism seems to be the ‘crony’ coalescing of power politics and those seeking public favors. No
    longer can the profession – if it ever could – be trusted to surface
    accurate information critical to the functioning of individuals, governance, and
    government. It merchandises politics with the same verve of a
    streetwalker seeking to sate puerile appetites- those more sensuous than
    the sensible. And it pursues its trade mainly for three things – ego,
    money, and power. The selected facts, gossip, and innuendo it lards
    into what it cooks up for public consumption, define its distortions.

    To
    get the attention of a mule, sometimes it is necessary to hit it on the
    head with a two-by-four. The “mule” actually is the credulity of the
    public. The “profession” left the barn long ago, leaving its
    word-stream of steaming detritus for history to muck out
    for significance. And when journalism fails in its proclaimed role to
    report “the facts” and tell “the truth” it excuses its failings citing
    past iconic failures. e.g., Adams vs. Jefferson – as if their
    manipulations paper over the deceit of present “professional”
    practitioners.

    Journalism,
    and present-day media, roil in a product of the towering commercial
    success of past proprietors and staff, like Hearst, Pulitzer,
    Sulzberger, and Murdoch, or Mencken, Murrow, and Pyle. Their
    fingerprints and failings are reflected in failed advocacies and
    oversights. The sinking of the Maine, the Tong-kin Gulf and, Benghazi
    stand out along with purposeful, if not selective, blindness and
    silences reporting of what they underplayed or overlooked, like the Holocaust, the loss of civility and culture, and the degeneration of the family. Regional
    economic interests and opinion color reporting and editorial
    conclusions purple. Like the drip-drip of Chinese water torture, the public
    suffers the pain and loss of each misconception as reports filed drill
    down into the open wound of the targeted skull.

    Memory
    is short. Appreciation fades. History is replete with the ruins of
    civilizations that came and went with the development and growth of
    powers that overstepped their reach, and like old soldiers, faded away.
    Human culture and forms of governance, like Icarus, yearning to fly,
    fashioned wings with feathers and wax, soared, flew too close to the
    Sun, lost cohesiveness, disintegrated, and plunged to death below.
    Mankind aspires to rule over Nature, but humanity turns out to be overly
    ambitious. Like the Devil in the Old Testament, trying to be God is a
    bit much.

    The
    U.S. is largely history’s present iteration of humanity’s evolving
    effort to survive. And like civilizations in the past, It may well be
    finding itself at a precipice – so to speak – with its “tit in the
    wringer” having its laundry wrung out for the future to dry out in the
    sun to clothe whatever follows. The dangers being faced are large and
    growing. Even extinction, like that of the dinosaurs, is in play.

    In the meantime, it deserves better journalism.

    Jaime L. Manzano

    7904 Park Overlook Drive

    Bethesda, MD 20817

    301 365 4781

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