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As you may have heard, since every reporter in the Evening Sun newsroom tweeted it out this morning, newspaper reporters earned the honor of having the second worst job of 2014, according to an article out from USA Today.
Fun fact – we were actually the number one worst profession to have in 2013. So here’s to the lumberjacks who took that spot this year. At least we are moving up in the world. Although, according to this article, our outlook remains bleak with a predicted 13 percent decline in job availability.
So why do us crazy kids get into journalism anyway? Why are we ignoring the warning signs of what people keep calling a dying industry? It’s simple really – because we want to.
We get up every morning and want to come to work. How many people can actually say that? We get to find a story, one we or the public is passionate about, and share it. Notice I said “get to” not “have to” because it’s a special opportunity we have here. The people of Adams and York counties depend on us to get the information out there, and no matter how much flack we get, we come in every day and want to do our best.
Jenni Wentz (Gettysburg Reporter): “As a journalist, I feel like it’s my job to find out about the topics my audience wants to hear about, whether it’s something serious as a drug problem or something as mundane as someone with a unique interest or hobby. Ultimately, I’m not reporting for me; I’m reporting for the Evening Sun’s readers. I consider a story to be a success if I can help even just one person with it.”
Mark Walters (Adams County Reporter): “I love what I do and I have a refreshing feeling of self worth and satisfaction at the end of every day. And to me, that is more important than having a large bank account. I have friends who make a lot more money than me but will admit that they pretty much hate what they do everyday. They have joked that they are not as passionate about anything in their lives as I am to my job. And that makes me feel good. They don’t understand how I can be so into “work.” I don’t understand how they can drag themselves to something they hate every day for more money.”
Brandon Stoneburg (Breaking News Reporter): “My favorite thing to write about is when a community comes together for one of their own. An example would be how the community donated thousands of dollars and rooms full of clothes to displaced fire victims. Another would be the outpouring of support for a little girl fighting through serious heart conditions. It sounds cheesy but those uplifting stories that bring hope are the most fulfilling to do. Everyone would like to be paid more, but you have to be realistic. I get paid to do something I love to do everyday, so I can’t complain.”
Lauren Linhard (Hanover Reporter): “I’m not going to sit here and tell you what I do is easy. Loving your job doesn’t make it easy. Every day is still a challenge, but it’s one you dare yourself to be brave enough to handle and do the best job possible. I always knew I was a writer and I count myself lucky every time I use that talent to make a difference – which is every day.”