Allegedly. Lousy pay, poor benefits and retirement, if any, little security, high pressure, demanding hours. From the Poynter Institute, which tasks itself with developing and promoting the press and reporters, this news:
Newspaper reporters can add CareerCast.com to the list of sources telling them to flee journalism.
The group took 200 jobs and ranked them in order from most to least desirable, based on factors such as environment, income, outcome and stress. Add all that together and newspaper reporter rings in at a dismal 200 out of 200 – the worst job on CareerCast’s list, below lumberjack, janitor, garbage collector and bus driver.
“We look at a wide range of criteria, as analytical as we can be,” said Tony Lee, CareerCast’s publisher. “There are some subjective pieces but, frankly, it’s really driven by the data.”
Economist Justin Wolfers points out a flaw in this ranking. He tweets:
Simple observation: If newspaper reporter really were the worst occupation in America, it would be easy to find a jobonline.wsj.com/article/SB1000…
Bogart would say he has a point. From the classic Deadline USA, l952.