This Is The World We Are Now Living In

Journalists Rely On Food Banks, Part-Time Jobs To Make Ends Meet 

Media Post, an online advertising publication, sadly reported today that newsroom job cuts recently reached the highest levels since the last recession 10 years ago.

The journalism business is so bad that many writers say they are now depending on local food banks to feed their families. Many have second jobs to supplement their incomes.

Pew Research Center reported that newspapers “shed almost one-quarter of their employees from 2008 to 2017, and that was before the loss of 3,000 jobs announced so far this year. The closure of 1,800 newspapers in the past 15 years has meant that half of U.S. counties are lucky if they have one newspaper.”

It’s amazing to me that one of the most important professions in the world is slowly shrinking to nothing.

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The Editorial World Is Now A Popularity Contest

There is a whole new concept in journalism today that you probably know very little about. I hate to burst your bubble, but writers for newspapers, magazines and internet sites, are judged and paid by how many “likes” they get for the stories they produce. Media Post, a marketing newsletter, reported that many publishing companies

“pay bonuses to reporters whose stories drive page views and digital subscriptions.”

The editorial world has changed dramatically. It also impacts your favorite TV reporters. If they don’t have thousands, or better yet, millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, they could possibly get replaced by folks who do.

In other words, not only do writers and TV broadcasters have to create unique and interesting stories, but they have to hope their work generates record-breaking clicks.

Media Post said that paying reporters based on clicks has been a common practice “among zillions of publishers in the digital era.” They remind us that ”business considerations should never interfere with a reporter’s job of gathering facts and writing fair and balanced stories.”

The digital world has changed all that. If a print reporter, or TV journalist, doesn’t have a big following, they quickly become yesterday’s news, (fired).

Read about it here.

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The Faces Behind The Names

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended a tech convention last week where I met up with a number of tech journalists when I was stationed at my client’s exhibit, Westinghouse TV’s. I thought it might be fun for you to see the faces of some of the people whose stories you read all the time.

John R. Quain, New York Times, chatting with Rey Roque, Senior VP, Westinghouse

Roy Furchgott, New York Times

Dennis Wunderlin, The Giz Wiz, and Dick De Bartolo, Mad Magazine

Tobey Grumet, Details Magazine and iVillage

Jim Willcox (on left), Consumer Reports

Gary Shapiro (right), CEO of the Consumer Electronics Show

Barry Myers of gdgt (right)

Steve Smith, TWICE Magazine