Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Journalism salaries and careers

Mindy McAdmas provides some tips for young journalists:

Most longtime journalists will tell you: they don’t do it for the money. If you love going to work every day, that’s worth a lot more than having a bunch of knickknacks in your house. (On the other hand, you’ve got to pay the bills, so do your own math.)

The newspaper business is in deep financial trouble right now — jobs are being eliminated continually. But there are still jobs out there for journalists with certain skills. You need to be savvy about what the jobs are, what the work entails.

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I’m sorry to say that the 2008 average annual salary in journalism is $41,000, according to SimplyHired.com. (You know the difference between average and median, don’t you?)

I’d also like to say a word about writing. Top-notch writing skills are essential in every journalism job (even TV news jobs). There’s much more to journalism, however, than writing. If you envision a leisurely life lounging at a computer keyboard, writing whatever strikes your fancy, DO NOT consider a career in journalism. That is not what journalism is.


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