“It’s easy to feel, when you log on to Twitter, that you have arrived at a bunch of conversations that are already over,” writes Matthew Kassel. “The Serial” podcast, which Eric Ladin recommended earlier today, was wrapped up last December; the Twitter chatter about it is pretty much over.
Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says:
Newspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with mid-level annual salaries of less than $30,000, also ranked at the bottom of the list. 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.
Other rankings for 2015: Broadcaster, 196 (of 200 jobs); Photojournalist, 195; Author, 153; Public Relations Executive, 121; Publication Editor, 137; and Social Media Manager, 101.
A few years ago, I called CareerCast publisher Tony Lee and told him it was a brilliant move to put reporter on the bottom of his list. He swore he didn’t tweak the rankings to get more attention. (He did admit, thought, his website traffic was up ten-fold.)
“The data is the data,” said Lee. “We didn’t manipulate it in any way. I can walk you through why newspaper reporter ended up at the bottom. …We take a very analytical approach. We try to remove all subjectivity.”
Earlier CareerCast reports:
* 2014: Newspaper reporter is no longer the worst job
* 2013: Why lumberjack did better than newspaper reporter in career report
The press release for the 2015 CareerCast Jobs Rated report is after the jump. Read More
Departing Diamondback editor Laura Blasey says “readers don’t want a hard copy of the news anymore,” so the University of Maryland paper will come out with just one print paper a week beginning this fall – down from four. (Friday is now a digital-only day.) “We used to print almost 20,000 papers every day, and now we print a fraction of that at 7,000.” Blasey adds:
It became clear that producing a printed newspaper daily no longer made sense. Most of our top editors spend 40 to 50 hours a week in the newsroom working on the print paper — imagine what we could do with that time. We’d rather be experimenting with new technology, creating interactive elements and focusing on our online content.
What are people saying about the reduced print schedule? “Fairly positive with a few negative reactions, mostly from alumni in mourning,” Blasey tells Romenesko readers. What day of the week is the print paper coming out? “We’re still working out the details of the print edition.”
* A new era of news coverage (diamondbackonline.com) | Today’s e-edition (issuu.com)
* New editor wants to be “pushing the envelope digitally” (diamondbackonline.com)
* From 2013: The end of the Friday print edition (diamondbackonline.com)
New York Bulletin investigative reporter Ben Urich just wants to cover the mob
“There’s this back-and-forth dialogue about pursuing a big-scale investigation into organized crime as opposed to recycling a story about the new subway line color should be because it moves copies,” Mook writes. “It seems like someone, a la ‘The Wire,’ is getting some digs in about the state of traditional newspaper journalism.”
NEW YORK BULLETIN EDITOR (ELLISON): Got a minute? Talk about next week’s spread?
REPORTER BEN URICH: Already working on it.
EDITOR: Another organized crime thing?
REPORTER: All of Hell’s Kitchen. There’s a new player on the scene. No one knows who it is, or what they want. Everybody’s scrambling.
EDITOR: Your assignment is the City Desk, Ben.
REPORTER: This is the city. No one else is on this yet. I’m the only one who sees it.
EDITOR: It’s not sexy.
REPORTER: We’re a newspaper, Ellison, not a girlie mag.
EDITOR: You know that’s not what I meant – and nobody calls them that anymore./CONTINUES Read More
* An NBC announcement about Brian Williams is coming soon. (washingtonpost.com)
* News site paywalls don’t work, says Jeff Jarvis. “We should be finding new ways to go serve users where they are rather than making them come to us and then charging them once they arrive.” (medium.com)
* Washington Post’s Marty Baron: “The idea that Jason [Rezaian] — or anyone — could be allowed only one hour with a lawyer before standing trial [in Iran] on serious charges is simply appalling.” (washingtonpost.com) | “Iran’s absurd persecution” of an American reporter. (washingtonpost.com)
* Praise for Baron’s print vs. digital assessment. (usatoday.com)
* Once again, ABC’s “World News Tonight” beats “NBC Nightly News” in total viewers and the 25-54 demo. (@brianstelter)
* Confirmed: Facebook will host some New York Times content. (capitalnewyork.com)
* How newspapers covered Abraham Lincoln‘s assassination. (washingtonpost.com) | Image above is from the Newseum’s “President Lincoln is Dead” video. (newseum.org)
* Freelance travel writer Elaine Glusac likes writing contrarian stories – “like ‘Take your kid to Vegas.'” (chicagoreader.com)
* Bogus information added to Wikipedia articles often stays online for months. (wikipediocracy.com)
* SPONSORED: Learn from Steve Brill, Emily Bazelon and other storytelling masters at THREAD at Yale, June 7-10. (thread.yale.edu)
* Billings Gazette publishes an investigation that the city sued to keep out of the paper. (cjr.org)
* Tips for journalists using Periscope and Snapchat. (niemanlab.org)
* A Twitter account critical of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and its online partner has newsroom staffers “pulling hair out like crazy.” (clevescene.com)
* JOBS: Work as a political correspondent in southern California. (Romenesko Jobs)
* “Polarizing” Bill Maher has become “a sort of Warren Zevon of talk show hosts.” (variety.com)
* Journalists who rock will join Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell for a “White House Correspondents’ Jam” on April 24. (washingtonpost.com)
* Ezra Klein explains how Vox aggregates. (vox.com)
* PODCAST: Two Boston journalists discuss Dzhokhar Tsarnaev‘s trial. (wgbh.org)
* Oregonian local content director Susan Gage is laid off after 19 years, along with two photographers. (wweek.com)