Old-fashioned journalist newsman.
CareerCast survey about Journalism being one of the worst job has been contested “rigorously” by past & present journalist and non-journalists all over the world, making it a survey of least relevance. (at least in case of Journalism.)
In 1968, the late Dr. Russell J. Jandoli, founder of the Journalism Department (now the School of Journalism and Mass Communications) at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY said:
“Journalism is about everything and everybody, and it’s got to be the most exciting pursuit of them all.”
Jeff Bercovici who, in his original story published in Forbes listed eight reasons, has added a couple of more reasons ( marked as bold character below) and made it a list of ten reasons why that’s not true, despite the low salaries,the long and irregular working hours, etc.
# You’re always learning
# You get paid to read a ton
# You get paid to meet interesting people
# You get to meet celebrities
# Maybe you even get to enjoy a little celebrity
# “Stress” is excitement
# Journalists get around
# And then there’s the small matter of self-expression
# working with other curious, open-minded creative people;
# open bars
Others who read this news-story have also added very genuine reasons and have recognised a career in journalism, The Best out of the lot..
# Once in a while you get to be a part of history. You even get to contribute to the historical story line. Some of those events are hard to cover.
# You learn every day. You can work very fast. You get paid to be creative. You are never bored. You can discern a situation quickly, put together information from many sources and make it accessible. You get a byline.
# Journalism leads to books, speeches, panels, multimedia, collaboration across platforms and all other forms of nonfiction storytelling where others value your ideas and insights. No two days are ever the same.
# And when you are having dinner or drinks with non-journo friends, you’ll always have great stories to tell.
# Being a journalist is rewarding and fun.
# A hardcore journalist minus journalism is like a fish minus water. This is called obsession with profession.
# Every day is an education.
# broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.
# journalism corrects social injustices, rights wrongs, and makes the world a better place. Clark Kent actually may do more good than Superman. It just isn’t as showy.
# It is the ultimate expression of a society’s culture. A record of the times.Journalism today plays the role of what literary prose played in the 19th Century and street theater played during Shakespeare’s time – engaging people by telling good stories. Surely, money-lending should have been the most coveted position during the Bard’s age and government employ the most precious pursuit during Charles Dickens’ days? But who is remembered the most today?
In other words, the ultimate joy of journalism is the experience of shaping up the identity of our times. And if it means working 13-hour days at half the pay, so be it.