In an article for the New York Times, David Carr makes an attempt to defend journalism. His article is titled, “Fill in the Blank: Being a Reporter Is the _____Job in the World.”
Carr basically sums up the past couple of weeks in the world of journalism, and how there seems to be a lot of talk of dissatisfaction with the job. In his article he quotes a fellow writer Malcolm Gladwell from a speech he gave at Yale, “Newspapers are kind of dreary, depressed places. I would go the penniless Web route to get practice.”
Carr mentions the Fox Mole indirectly, and we all know how dissatisfied he was with his job. He also mentions a young journalist who was hired and decided to write-up a press release about his new position and posted it to Tumblr, he was fired within twenty-four hours of being hired.
And then of course, Carr mentioned this, “CareerCast included hundreds of jobs in its annual ranking and decided that being a newspaper reporter was the fifth-worst job in the land. Being a dishwasher and a taxi driver rated as better occupations.”
Okay. So it wasn’t a great month in the land of journalism, and I agree, albeit with very little experience, that newsrooms and newspapers are not what they used to be.
But. There is still glory to be found in this old institution. There are still aspiring young journalists like myself that are figuring out what our niche’s are. There is a whole generation of journalists up and coming that want to restore the industry to the standards we are taught, and all, I promise is not lost.
Who does CareerCast think they are anyway? The future of journalism is a bright one. Thanks to Carr, journalists from all walks of life have commented on the state of the job, and in reading many of the responses to his article, I am convinced that CareerCast is completely off base.
To answer his question: Being a reporter is the most amazing job in the world.
- Advice for the Young Journalist (publicgoodreporting.wordpress.com)
- Matt Welch: Why legacy-newspaper media reporters get their own industry so wrong (nextlevelofnews.com)
- “Newspapers are kind of dreary, depressed places. I would go the penniless Web route to get practice….” (shortformblog.com)
- SXSW: David Carr and the Curator’s Code (theverge.com)