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The Billfold asks: What did your first job pay then and what does it pay now? “Fran” posts first:
I graduated USC school of journalism in 1963 and got a job on a daily paper called the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune. It is still in existence in L.A. county. I was fully trained to write about everything from fires to sports. However it was the olden days and my job was on the Women’s Page. I earned $60 a week gross and lived at home to pay off my car. I spent an entire summer writing about brides and their veils of illusion. That was enough.
My first job out of college was Publications Editor at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. My annual salary was $7,200, but I resigned after five months. (I wrote the student recruitment brochures, alumni newspaper and other publications – and hated it.) I have no idea what the position pays now.
From my Facebook feed subscriber Erica Peterson:
1993: Reporter on a weekly newspaper in Northeast Ohio. Made $4.35 an hour. Had to take a pay cut from my $5 an hour gas station clerk job.
Update: There are also responses on Twitter, including this:
I recall being assigned to write on low income housing and the government free cheese give-away in 1981. I qualified for both.
At its first annual meeting in seven years, Tribune Co. will ask shareholders for permission to call its broadcasting unit Tribune Media Co., reports Lynne Marek.
(After the August spinoff, the publishing unit will be called Tribune Publishing Company.)
“The last time Tribune shareholders gathered for a meeting was in 2007 when they approved a plan by real estate titan Sam Zell to take the company private in an $8 billion leveraged buyout,” notes Marek.
Meanwhile, Robert Channick reports Tribune Publishing, which will carry at least $350 million of debt as a stand-alone company, has the capacity to add another $100 million of debt. “The company also raised the projected interest payments on the [$350 million] senior term loan to more than $21 million per year, up from $14 million,” says Channick.
People are furious about the Manassas City (VA) Police Department wanting to photograph a 17-year-old’s erection for “sexting” evidence. How does the department respond on social media? At 10:30 this morning, it posted a photo of cops holding stuffed animals. The best they could do? I’ve asked their media relations officer. (My call went into voicemail.)
Det. D.A. Guyton, Det. C.B. Daniels, and Crime Prevention Specialist Adrienne Helms making a massive stuffed… http://t.co/Wrx7w7wCQh
— Manassas City Police (@ManassasCityPD) July 9, 2014
Dennis Sodomka continues: “You won’t have to wait for the nightly television newscast or for the delivery of your paper to get the latest news. It will all be at your fingertips whenever you want it.
“This may sound like a futuristic vision straight out of Star Trek, and most of it, indeed, may be several decades away. But most of the technology is available right now for a totally electronic newspaper.”
Mark Walsh, who sent this clip, writes in an email:
The Wall Street Journal’s anniversary section yesterday, with its predictions for various fields, reminded me that buried in a closet somewhere that I had a 100th anniversary edition of the Chicago Daily News from 1976 that had an article foreseeing “electronic newspapers.”
I mention it in briefly in my Education and the Media blog for Education Week. That item is primarily about a discussion in the Daily News’ 1976 edition about the future of the Chicago public schools. But as I said in the item, even for my education audience I couldn’t resist mentioning the electronic newspaper prediction.
After reading my “Stop bitching and start tweeting” post on Tuesday, a Romenesko reader who requested anonymity sent this:
If reporters tweeted what they were actually doing, it might be like:
Nothing on the daily budget #isitfridayyet?
Talk with podmate about weekend #partylikeajournalist
Text newsroom hottie #partylikeajournalist
Go to the cafeteria for coffee #whenislunch
Surf the net, catch up on newsroom gossip, watch viral cat video #whenislunch
Call source, who is out to lunch #whenislunch
Post photo of #lunch on #igram
Back from lunch, no calls #worldcup
Source calls. We talk about his weekend #partylikeajournalist
Email editor that source says situation is unchanged #breakingnewsornot
Editor says story project has been pushed to next month, will ‘get back to me’ on #tweaks
Chat with cute intern about weekend #partylikeajournalist
Talk to podmates about going to karaoke bar after work #partylikeajournalist
Karaoke bar with newsroom hottie #woohoo
#Igram of newsroom hottie doing #karaoke #partylikeajournalist
Or it might be this
Hour two of board meeting #boredshitless
Board approves consent agenda without discussion #corruptbastards
Board opens meeting to public comments from #wingnuts in #tinfoilhats #craycray
Hour two of public comments #megacraycray
Who’s up for karaoke? #partylikeajournalist
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* The New Yorker is making all the articles it’s published since 2007 available free for three months, then will put up a paywall. (nytimes.com)
* Oxford comma dispute? “The fight began over a disagreement over grammar as well as their views on sports teams.” Reporter Terri Pederson tells me: “There was no mention [in the complaint] about what grammar issue they were arguing over.” (wiscnews.com)
* Five things Time is doing to boost social traffic, including: Tease, but don’t be clickbait-y. (digiday.com)
* R.L. Bynum: “Twitter’s popularity has added another layer of potential headaches for newspaper folks.” (raleighco.com)
* Is Time Inc. setting itself up for an intern lawsuit? “The [Sports Illustrated] fact-checker position would be an experience-building project and does not offer financial compensation.” (footballoutsiders.com)
* Jack Shafer: Al Jazeera America’s audience is less than half of that once attracted by Al Gore’s Current TV. (reuters.com)
* Courtland Milloy is catching hell for this line: “It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.” (washingtonpost.com)
* A Neshaminy High School student editor says he won’t follow school board policy allowing use of “Redskins” in editorials and letters. (alldigitocracy.org)
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* Baltimore City Paper vs. Baltimore police union. (@FOP3)
* “Nicholas Kristof, maybe you could tell your friends at GlobalGiving that they’re wrong?” (Youth Journalism International)
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* New Orleans Times-Picayune pulls out of the Louisiana Press Association. (businessreport.com) | How the Times-Picayune’s rival is doing (businessreport.com)
* The night the Los Angeles Times helped out its competition. (dailynewsgems.com)
* Cosmopolitan.com gets a makeover. (fastcodesign.com)