Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jobs

Chris Cillizza writes at The Washington Post:
Something called CareerCast puts out an annual ranking of 200 common jobs. This year, "newspaper reporter" finished 200 out of 200. So, last.
Here's the CareerCast explanation: "Readership has steadily moved from print publications, whether they be newspapers or magazines, in favor of online outlets. The resulting decline in advertising revenue has left newspapers -- and thus, newspaper reporters -- feeling the pinch."
And, just in case you are saying "well, sure, 'print reporter' might be a bad job but almost no one does just that anymore", which is what I did, then here are a few other rankings to humble you: Photojournalist (195), Publication Editor (137) and Social Media Manager (101.) (Hat tip to the indispensable Romensko for flagging the rankings.)
Here's the "good" news from CareerCast: "However, those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter."
At Pew last year, Alex Williams presented some data:
The number of journalism jobs compared to the number of public relations jobs.

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