Editors, and how bad ones are ruining the newspaper business
On a related subject, reporters are on the short list of the five dying careers to avoid. Why? While it is no secret print media is on the decline, here is an interesting projection: Reporter and correspondent positions are expected to decline by 8 percent from 51,900 jobs in 2010 to 48,000 in 2020, for a total of nearly 4,000 jobs lost, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Source: http://education.yahoo.net/articles/careers_dead_by_2020.htm?kid=1O0V0
Yes, Anonymous 12:34, one wonders when universities will stop offering journalism majors due to the low market demand. That will signal the proverbial final nail in the coffin for the field as we know it, routing new generations of would-be reporters and writers to other endeavors. Though it is a cable news network and not a newspaper, CNN is not helping matters. For years now it has been hiring politicos to not only comment on elections and politics but also to even read the news of the day. Full-time Clinton apologist and bull dog Paul Begala comes to mind. He should not come within a 1,000 yards of the CNN hard news desk, yet I've seen him reading the news. After I and surely many more complained, Begala, the biggest hypocrite and liar on TV, appeared less and less often as a newsreader. Today, mercifully, he seems to appear only as a political commentator. Now, CNN seems to be taking this to the extreme, hiring a lot of on-air talent coming from backgrounds of all stripes except journalism.
A former journalist friend, now in the PR biz, spoke to an MLive newspaper recently about publishing a guest column. He was told they'd be glad to publish it as long as the writer agreed to respond to commenters and help fan the flames of the comment conversation. How weird is that? They are actually encouraging commenters to fling their vitriolic gobbledygook and then expect the writer to defend him/herself against the wackos and conspiracy theorists. the writer felt offended and said he didn't think that responding to the low-information comments that pepper MLive stories was a smart idea so he chose not to be published.
Interesting - and very true - last comment about the potential guest columnist and current job "specifications." The majority of commenters are self-serving, usually with an axe to grind, and most certainly without access to real facts. To solicit their further dialogue borders on sensationalism while also lending undeserved credence to the uninformed blather that qualifies as "comments." It reminds one of the push in recent years to get local fans to report high school sports news. It was usually written by a parent hoping to publicize their little Johnny or Susie; in many cases it blamed officials and bad-mouthed a coach Mr. or Mrs. Parent didn't particularly like. It's the kind of conversation that could ruin a barbecue or night out; to justify it as "news" is ridiculous.
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