Ten reasons why I don’t miss working in newspapers anymore:
1. No more cell phone or pager going off when I’m on vacation with my family with a question about my story.
2. No more idiot readers calling me to tell me how much better they know my job than I do.
3. No more idiot editors calling me to tell me how much better they know my beat than I do.
4. No more 8 hours pay for 12 hours of work.
5. No more endless memos about how the most important thing in the editor’s day was that my desk should be clean.
6. No more airhead bosses telling me how we all need to “write with authority.”
7. No more reading my stories in print with stupid errors edited INTO them.
8. No more being awake half the night wondering what stupid assignment awaits me in the morning.
9. No more putting together a great investigative piece only to have a big city lawyer and spineless editor remove the facts the public really needed to know.
10. No more blankety-blank Sunday story meetings. Or any meeting heading by an editor, for that matter.
One reason I do miss working in newspapers:
1. The rush you get from chasing a crooked politician or following up leads to a great story and seeing it in print. We endured all the above for that one high. It was like crack.
I'm finally cured. (Feel free to add your own - remember anonymous here, is really anonymous, but all blog rules apply, so keep it clean. I know it will be hard).