When It’s Time to Get Paid, Will There Be a Paycheck?

Posted: November 28, 2010 in Future of Journalism, Journalism

When I made the choice to go to school for journalism, my decision was based on following that path towards a career. Which would imply making money in this occupation. Unfortunately, many people feel that it is a dying field. The New York State Department of Labor even told me that this is not a field that will likely land me a job. Suffice to say, this is not very encouraging. Well, to all those doubters, I say, screw it. This is what I want to do and nobody can tell me different. I’ve never been unsuccessful at a job before and it sure is not going to happen in the future. The facts do point towards a decline in print journalism, so the logical thing to do is look towards the online element. A major issue with this is the lack of money online journalists are making these days. One of the most successful online publications, THe Huffington Post, is primarily filled with unpaid writers. It would be wonderful if everyone could publish their work without worrying about making money, but along with millions of other Americans, I need a damn paycheck.

In an interview on the aforementioned Huffington Post, award winning New York journalist, Pete Hamill says there is hope for online journalism yielding real editors and real pay. Hallelujah, perhaps there is an optimistic future after all. The future does depend on quality and integrity being sustained on internet publications. Other websites mentioned by Hamill were The Daily Beast and Global Post. Another that could’ve been mentioned is ProPublica. These credible news outlets portray a positive light on online journalism that could easily be bogged down by the blogosphere and other propaganda pushing .coms.

Therefore, prospective journalists, such as myself, should support respectable online publications that will make the likelihood of finding a job in the field stronger. Versatility and perseverance will be the qualities needed to survive in this incredibly competitive world. I’m eager to see how I match up and very satisfied with the ammo I’m currently being given by Stony Brook to better arm myself for the upcoming battle that will determine my place in the media world. Whether I end up writing about breaking news, sports, movies or even video games, I hope the professional journalism world is ready to pay me, because I’ll be ready to contribute.

  1. Lew says:

    Insightful post. I think this is a good way to approach endeavors in general. When others screech, “No you can’t!” we should remember, “Yes we can!”

    I don’t think the new industry is dying, it is just undergoing a transformation – it won’t be the same a decade from now.

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