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(Metro)   What's the worst job in the world? Being a newspaper reporter ... says newspaper reporter   (metro.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-04-23 08:16:45 PM  

www.debbieschlussel.com

 
2013-04-23 08:45:25 PM  

basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]


You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.
 
2013-04-23 09:33:05 PM  
The grass is always greener, and always tougher to mow.
 
2013-04-23 10:33:29 PM  
What number is Fark Mod?
 
2013-04-23 10:33:36 PM  
metrouk2.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-23 10:34:25 PM  
Worse yet, this guys editor.
 
2013-04-23 10:35:31 PM  
I used to work in the news business and it's been amusing to see former colleagues get all defensive about this survey.

"B-b-but my job is interesting!" I just smile and ask them when the last time having fun bought them clothes.
 
2013-04-23 10:35:43 PM  

Klippoklondike: basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]

You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.


That's some of it.

The other is that somewhere along the way someone took a blogger as anything more important or relevant than a guy that stands on a street corner yelling at cars.
 
2013-04-23 10:36:24 PM  

Klippoklondike: basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]

You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.


A comms degree will get you much further in your career path than not having one. Also, journalism is a terrible career. Unless you make it big, you're a piece of dirt and you get paid squat.

I'm married to an ex-journo, those were the dark days. Now she's in PR. It's amazing how closely those two careers align with each other. PR = less stress, more money and no asshole editors.
 
2013-04-23 10:37:26 PM  
What's the worst job in the world? Being a newspaper reporter ... says newspaper reporter

www.ragetrolling.com
 
2013-04-23 10:37:45 PM  
Assistant Crack Whore
 
2013-04-23 10:39:11 PM  
handjob.
 
2013-04-23 10:41:08 PM  
Some TV reporter should investigate this.
 
2013-04-23 10:42:16 PM  
Seems like janitor of adult shop would be worse.
/drtfa
 
2013-04-23 10:42:43 PM  

WelldeadLink: Some TV reporter should investigate this.


blogs.citypages.com
 
2013-04-23 10:43:38 PM  
Cactus sitter.
 
2013-04-23 10:45:09 PM  

snuff3r: Klippoklondike: basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]

You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.

A comms degree will get you much further in your career path than not having one. Also, journalism is a terrible career. Unless you make it big, you're a piece of dirt and you get paid squat.

I'm married to an ex-journo, those were the dark days. Now she's in PR. It's amazing how closely those two careers align with each other. PR = less stress, more money and no asshole editors.


That job sounds depressing to me. How much of it is just dishonesty and spin?
 
2013-04-23 10:45:09 PM  
I never did figure our how Margot Kidder's Lois Lane could afford that penthouse apartment n Manhattan.
 
2013-04-23 10:46:04 PM  
I thought "Assistant Crack Whore" was still #1

i291.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-23 10:46:57 PM  

Strongbeerrules: I never did figure our how Margot Kidder's Lois Lane could afford that penthouse apartment n Manhattan.

figure out, I mean.

 
2013-04-23 10:50:40 PM  
 A big part of my is cleaning wastewater sludge, sewage lift stations, cutting into live sewer lines and being sprayed in the face with raw human waste, installing bar screens to catch rubbers and tampons as they enter the plant.
The stuff we do would make any sane person vomit.  However, it isnt the worst job in the world as I get paid fairly handsomely.
 
2013-04-23 10:53:50 PM  

poe_zlaw: A big part of my is cleaning wastewater sludge, sewage lift stations, cutting into live sewer lines and being sprayed in the face with raw human waste, installing bar screens to catch rubbers and tampons as they enter the plant.
The stuff we do would make any sane person vomit.  However, it isnt the worst job in the world as I get paid fairly handsomely.


You damn well deserve it, it's my job to get pissed when produce isn't fresh.
 
2013-04-23 10:58:04 PM  
 
2013-04-23 10:58:10 PM  
FTFA: US recruitment website CareerCast ranked print journalist in 200th place out of 200 different jobs in its Jobs Rated 2013 report.

Ummm, doesn't 200th out of 200 make it the least worst job?
 
2013-04-23 11:01:29 PM  
Worst job ever? Do tell. Boo farking Hoo. Don't worry, you can always get a job as a prostitute in Thailand.
 
2013-04-23 11:01:55 PM  
Mike Rowe has got a few episodes for you to watch, mister reporter.
 
2013-04-23 11:03:09 PM  
Editor is much worse than reporter. You jump at the 10% raise because you're in poverty, then you realize that you're still in poverty and you can't do any of the things that actually were fun, because now you ride a desk. So you take it out on the photographers, who seem to have the greatest job in the world. But they are actually 188th. (Photojournalism would be well above 188, if not for word editors.)

/Glad I got out of newsapers. Glad, glad, glad.
 
2013-04-23 11:04:10 PM  
Upon further review, the reporter farked it up. The graphic has it as #1, not #200.

Maybe it's the worst because there are shiatty reporters who can't write well.
 
2013-04-23 11:04:34 PM  
...says CareerCast.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:29 PM  

Dear Jerk: Editor is much worse than reporter. You jump at the 10% raise because you're in poverty, then you realize that you're still in poverty and you can't do any of the things that actually were fun, because now you ride a desk. So you take it out on the photographers, who seem to have the greatest job in the world. But they are actually 188th. (Photojournalism would be well above 188, if not for word editors.)

/Glad I got out of newsapers. Glad, glad, glad.


Well, you get to take it out on the designers, too. Don't forget that. I've had plenty of editors jump all over me.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:58 PM  

Dear Jerk: Editor is much worse than reporter. You jump at the 10% raise because you're in poverty, then you realize that you're still in poverty and you can't do any of the things that actually were fun, because now you ride a desk. So you take it out on the photographers, who seem to have the greatest job in the world. But they are actually 188th. (Photojournalism would be well above 188, if not for word editors.)

/Glad I got out of newsapers. Glad, glad, glad.


Cheers.
 
2013-04-23 11:06:16 PM  

Neums: FTFA: US recruitment website CareerCast ranked print journalist in 200th place out of 200 different jobs in its Jobs Rated 2013 report.

Ummm, doesn't 200th out of 200 make it the least worst job?


No?
 
2013-04-23 11:10:49 PM  

90supraT: Seems like janitor of adult shop would be worse.
/drtfa


It's not like people jack off inside the store, unless they want to get booted out.

Besides, you know what you need to do and you're going to be needed as long as the store is standing. I would say part of the issue is that the industry is seriously contracting and so the journalist is fast becoming an obsolete job, going the way of the photo developer, typesetter, lamplighter and cloth weaver.
 
2013-04-23 11:12:39 PM  
Unpaid (and completely uncompensated otherwise) IT major who helps the future newspaper reporters work on a game for their capstone project.

What do I win?
 
2013-04-23 11:17:37 PM  

poe_zlaw: A big part of my is cleaning wastewater sludge, sewage lift stations, cutting into live sewer lines and being sprayed in the face with raw human waste, installing bar screens to catch rubbers and tampons as they enter the plant.
The stuff we do would make any sane person vomit.  However, it isnt the worst job in the world as I get paid fairly handsomely.


Was that you with Mike Rowe?
 
2013-04-23 11:21:15 PM  

Dear Jerk: Editor is much worse than reporter. You jump at the 10% raise because you're in poverty, then you realize that you're still in poverty and you can't do any of the things that actually were fun, because now you ride a desk. So you take it out on the photographers, who seem to have the greatest job in the world. But they are actually 188th. (Photojournalism would be well above 188, if not for word editors.)

/Glad I got out of newsapers. Glad, glad, glad.


I was a tech business magazine editor. The worst part was fixing reporters' broken prose.  Reading some of it was like chewing tinfoil.  Paid much better than newspapers, though.
 
2013-04-23 11:23:32 PM  
Occupational therapists are projected to rise by 33% in 2013.

Why am I not surprised?
 
2013-04-23 11:28:13 PM  

Ronin_S: 90supraT: Seems like janitor of adult shop would be worse.
/drtfa

It's not like people jack off inside the store, unless they want to get booted out.

Besides, you know what you need to do and you're going to be needed as long as the store is standing. I would say part of the issue is that the industry is seriously contracting and so the journalist is fast becoming an obsolete job, going the way of the photo developer, typesetter, lamplighter and cloth weaver.


I think he's referring to those special adult shops with either peep shows or screening rooms. Pretty sure those places aren't going to be kicking out their paying customers.
 
2013-04-23 11:32:40 PM  
Neums:
Well, you get to take it out on the designers, too. Don't forget that. I've had plenty of editors jump all over me.

I was no an editor. I was a camera guy.

That made me remember - we had an actuary hanging out with us for awhile (college friend of the radio reporter) I couldn't, I don't think any of us could comprehend that she made 5x as much as us. It was unreal.

The manager of a department store hung out with us for awhile. When we found out her janitors made about 50% than we did, we had to really think about changing careers.

On the other hand, being a local celebrity is part of the deal when you're starting out at a small-town paper. I was considered the most eligible bachelor in town and it had nothing to do with my pretty face, and the job was about 50% whatever you wanted it to be.

BarkingUnicorn: Yes. Except for the existential torture, editing is usually the worst part of being a editor.
 
2013-04-23 11:38:14 PM  
With the state of journalism today, there's something at least perversely satisfying knowing they aren't happy doing it. Worst job? Those guys on the crab boat could probably debate your ridiculous assertion, as could any coal miner, midnight gas station attendant, slaughterhouse employee, food service worker. Those guys at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas had worse jobs than you do, dumbass. Had.
 
2013-04-23 11:39:28 PM  

basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]


You're leeching/hotlinking an image... but it's from debbieschlussel.com. I'm so conflicted.
 
2013-04-23 11:44:36 PM  
how is a job where all you do is make shiat up and be pretty a hard job
 
2013-04-23 11:45:41 PM  
ohhhhh PRINT journalist. yeah that whole fact checking thing is really a pain in the ass, might be why all your tv brethren gave that up
 
2013-04-23 11:47:11 PM  

Feral_and_Preposterous: Ronin_S: 90supraT: Seems like janitor of adult shop would be worse.
/drtfa

It's not like people jack off inside the store, unless they want to get booted out.

Besides, you know what you need to do and you're going to be needed as long as the store is standing. I would say part of the issue is that the industry is seriously contracting and so the journalist is fast becoming an obsolete job, going the way of the photo developer, typesetter, lamplighter and cloth weaver.

I think he's referring to those special adult shops with either peep shows or screening rooms. Pretty sure those places aren't going to be kicking out their paying customers.


Yeah, the wank booths have paper towel dispensers for a reason.
 
2013-04-24 12:00:18 AM  
Journalism is the only profession where you can publicly announce to customers while at work that you hate your miserable job, without getting fired for it.  That fact alone makes it not the worst job in the world.
 
2013-04-24 12:00:59 AM  

Dear Jerk: I was no an editor.


Indeed.
 
2013-04-24 12:01:23 AM  

Ronin_S: 90supraT: Seems like janitor of adult shop would be worse.
/drtfa

It's not like people jack off inside the store, unless they want to get booted out.


As someone who used to manage a video store that had an adult room, I can say that YES, guys did come into the store and jack off while looking at the video boxes. They knew there were cameras, too. They still did it. If a female clerk was on duty, they'd do it facing the camera and making faces.

Yeah, they got booted out. Yes, they occasionally got arrested. It didn't matter, though, because the number of sick pervs is pretty high, and a lot of them would get out of jail and come back a month later to do it again.

/Sadly, women NEVER came into the store to masturbate on camera.
 
2013-04-24 12:03:42 AM  

Generation_D: With the state of journalism today, there's something at least perversely satisfying knowing they aren't happy doing it. Worst job? Those guys on the crab boat could probably debate your ridiculous assertion, as could any coal miner, midnight gas station attendant, slaughterhouse employee, food service worker. Those guys at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas had worse jobs than you do, dumbass. Had.


I did the midnight gas station attendant job. In the Detroit area. And YES, it was one of the worst jobs I ever had. I was robbed a couple times. I was punched once. I had a breakdown and quit.

I would advise against such a job if you aren't into being abused.
 
2013-04-24 12:12:16 AM  

Matthew Keene: WelldeadLink: Some TV reporter should investigate this.

[blogs.citypages.com image 560x447]


+1

snuff3r: Now she's in PR.


pics.blameitonthevoices.com

And proud we are of her.
 
2013-04-24 12:23:06 AM  
world'ssmallestviolin.jpg
 
2013-04-24 12:26:26 AM  
What really kicked me in the stomach on this article was that I finally returned to a newsroom as a business reporter a few months ago after working in soul sucking corporate & government communications for several years. I was thrilled to be the big fish in the small pond, going to some great events & hobknobbing. Five months into the job, my newspaper was bought out by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, which is listed in the article at the bottom as the "25th largest newspaper" in the country. They laid off 25 of the 42 people on our staff. Before my seat was even cold, the SA posted looking for a general assignment reporter. This position will not doubt be filled by some wonk straight out of college who they can pay less than the $15/hour they were paying me. Back in 2005, I was making the same amount of money as the editor of a small town paper & working 3x as many hours, so I couldn't complain aboit the job here. The thing that gets me though is that I went into journalism to be a superhero & root out injustice & corruption. Now I watch brain surgeons & engineers quit their jobs to be "writers" and "bloggers," and think how nice for them bc I could never just quit my career & step into their shoes in such technical fields. Honestly, I'm not sure what to do in my career now. I do not want to be a PR wonk or a corporate comm shill. Write books, I suppose, or try my hand in politics. No one wants to end up as a middle age unemployed print journalist. FML.
 
2013-04-24 12:33:53 AM  
It appears the ranking is for job growth, not job satisfaction. Two different issues.
metrouk2.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-24 01:16:10 AM  
Worst job ever? Missing sock epistemologist.
 
2013-04-24 01:34:50 AM  
www.cardinalfang.net
Father: And, er, what job do you do?
Shabby: I clean out public lavatories.
Father: Is there promotion involved?
Shabby: Oh yeah, yeah. [produces handkerchief and clean throat horribly into it] After five years they give me a brush...
 
2013-04-24 01:42:47 AM  
Well, you could be a lawyer. At least they make us keep our ethics.

Right, CNN?
 
2013-04-24 01:51:53 AM  
As a reporter who just nailed a raise bringing me up to 80K a year (with a BA in English Lit, no less), I'm really getting a kick out of this.
No, really, I am. Many, many, many people make more money than me. But not too many people derive a bigger satisfaction out of their work day than an honest, hard-working reporter can. And that, my friends, is farking gold.
 
2013-04-24 02:55:25 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Worse job than an Eskimo blubber chewer.
 
2013-04-24 02:58:54 AM  

Wayne 985: snuff3r: Klippoklondike: basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]

You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.

A comms degree will get you much further in your career path than not having one. Also, journalism is a terrible career. Unless you make it big, you're a piece of dirt and you get paid squat.

I'm married to an ex-journo, those were the dark days. Now she's in PR. It's amazing how closely those two careers align with each other. PR = less stress, more money and no asshole editors.

That job sounds depressing to me. How much of it is just dishonesty and spin?


It's called going over to the Dark Side. The Dark Side always pays better.
 
2013-04-24 03:13:05 AM  

zenobia: Wayne 985: snuff3r: Klippoklondike: basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]

You don't need a degree to be a reporter.  Although, that is probably why journalism sucks these days.

A comms degree will get you much further in your career path than not having one. Also, journalism is a terrible career. Unless you make it big, you're a piece of dirt and you get paid squat.

I'm married to an ex-journo, those were the dark days. Now she's in PR. It's amazing how closely those two careers align with each other. PR = less stress, more money and no asshole editors.

That job sounds depressing to me. How much of it is just dishonesty and spin?

It's called going over to the Dark Side. The Dark Side always pays better.


Damn straight. And PR is nothing like journalism. They're about the same as a beef boulloin cube is to beef.
 
2013-04-24 03:40:55 AM  

basemetal: [www.debbieschlussel.com image 420x294]


You don't kindle BA's. You bake 'em!
 
2013-04-24 04:02:44 AM  

anotar: It appears the ranking is for job growth, not job satisfaction. Two different issues.
[metrouk2.files.wordpress.com image 650x822]


Not according to what you just posted (62%>27%). Still, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some correlation.
 
2013-04-24 04:19:48 AM  
If you think your job sucks you should get a new job. Money isn't everything (unless you're poor. If you're poor disregard this statement as it is a lie).

Was a reporter for a short time. Was fun, paid nothing. Don't do it anymore and don't feel sorry for people who get to do it for low wages. Especially considering the level of the guys I was working with. Most of them would not have been allowed to drive a truck in a warehouse. And this was 20 years ago when reporters still were the main portrayers of current reality.
 
2013-04-24 07:55:54 AM  
The hot teen girl (Rachel Leigh Cook) demonstrating the effects of snorting heroin by wrecking her parents stylish kitchen inspired the 1990s. Convinced.
 
2013-04-24 07:58:38 AM  
Oops wrong thread. Dumb liters.
 
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