Newspaper reporters aren't endangered, they're evolving
The problem is newspapers, which were printing money in the decades before the Internet, have struggled to replace lost advertising revenue since the digital meteor struck. Newspaper companies that were over-leveraged and under-prepared died off quickly while others survived with furloughs and cuts.
I'm biased but I don't think newspapers as a whole are dying (just try going to the local steakhouse the day the buy-one-get-one coupon runs in the newspaper). I think they're evolving. And the newspaper reporter is evolving with it.
It's not, as CareerCast said in another report, the second-worst job in America, ahead of jobs such as corrections officer. No offense to the corrections officer and others in law enforcement who keep us safe, but at least I don’t have to worry about being shivved in the back every minute while I’m at work (at least not literally.)
The newspaper reporter has changed in many ways, as reflected in the pages of newspaper job listings on CareerCast's own site calling for multi-media journalists who can write, shoot video and take photos, but it's as exciting as ever.
And some things haven't changed: newspaper reporters are still the hard-charging watchdogs that hold yourlawmakers accountable and report in-depth on important topics when other mediums are looking for the quick hits.
And if you can write good stories and are willing to working odd hours for a fraction of what your roommate the business major will make, then there will always be a job for you.
As the New York Times' David Carr recently said, "It beats working."
And if I'm wrong, you can always get a job with an online site.
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