Sometimes, for laughs, we sit around the ol' dining room table, fire up the laptops and buzz on over to one of our favorite websites, JournalismJobs.com. Why do we do this? Because it is REALLY entertaining (she says expecting you to understand this is said dripping with macabre sarcasm) and never fails to inject a lethal dose of reality into our sometimes dreamy minds.
Why, wouldn't it be NICE to get back into the business that we so dearly love, that is the underpinning of our democracy, a profession/trade that puts you on the ground in your community, city, state, country and allows you to mediate the rough terrain between what we are told is going on and what we know is REALLY going on, once we find the smoking guns or FOIA the telling documents. Damn, journalism is a great, we say, forlornly missing the OLD days.
Then, reality bites. For proof that the state of journalism in this country is not fit for anyone expecting 1) a living wage 2) a stable employer 3) job description that does not include being able to do everything including writing code for your own mobile apps, we have gathered a SAMPLE job description culled from representative job offerings on JournalismJobs.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Front page story on JournalismJobs.com today:
Thomson-Reuters to lay off 3,000
I used to write politics, news and sports for newspapers in cities like Albany NY, Seattle, Baltimore and Harrisburg PA. Now I take a lot of Instagram photos, check Facebook, swim, read about T$$$p and cook dinner for people I really like. New York native, living in Port Washington and Greenfield Center (that's near Saratoga Springs FYI).