It is the third year in a row that a newpaper reporter ranked as the worst job. Being a broadcaster didn’t fare much better. It came in third worst on the list.
“The news business has changed drastically over the years, and not in a good way,” says former Broadcaster Ann Baldwin, president of Baldwin Media PR in New Britain, Connecticut. “When people ask me if I miss it, I tell them ‘I feel as if I jumped off of a sinking ship.’”
The report says that one factor that has many media jobs among the worst is the decline of advertising revenue. And, a drop in advertising sales translates to a decline in positions for advertising sales people. Advertising Sales Person appears on the 10 worst jobs list for the first time (#193), after finishing just outside the bottom 10 a year ago.
If all you are concerned about is money, benefits and job security, year]h, being a newspaper reporter sucks. But if you want a job that puts you right smack dab in the middle of what is going on, and lets you make a difference if you let it, then being reporter cannot be beat.
To those people who left newsrooms for some cushy PR job … fine, we’re stronger without you.