Newspaper reporter makes ‘endangered jobs’ list

CareerCast

Travel agent. Meter reader. Newspaper reporter.

They’re all among CareerCast’s 2014 list of endangered jobs, with the hiring outlook for newspaper reporter positions expected to drop 13 percent by 2022, according to the company’s forecast.

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward during a period of brighter employment outlook. (AP Photo)

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward during a period of brighter employment outlook. (AP Photo)


“Declining subscription and dwindling advertising sales have negatively impacted the hiring power of some newspapers, while others have ceased operations altogether,” the company writes in a 38-word epitaph for the field. “Online outlets continue to replace traditional newspapers, and the long-term outlook for newspaper reporters reflects the change.”

Lumberjacks, who landed just below reporters at the bottom of CareerCast’s recent “Best Jobs of 2014” list, appear to be playing a long game, revenge-wise: While they still make the endangered jobs list, their hiring outlook is projected to fall only 9 percent by 2022. CareerCast finds a way to make this loss sting a bit more for newspaper types: “with less wood pulp needed for paper-based product, demand in the industry is down,” it writes.

Printing workers might also wish to rein in their vacation plans for 2022: CareerCast projects their hiring outlook will fall by 5 percent, because “The world is going digital, which means less work done on paper.”

Related: Newspaper reporter: Now better than being a lumberjack

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  • Desantex

    I have solid experience at the AP, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal on my resume. I am 60 years old and have been laid off twice in the last five years. However, I currently make a full-time living (and support a daughter) editing a finance blog for Thomson Reuters, a monthly paper newspaper and website stories for a third client. I know, journalism will survive and time marches on. But I still think the most romantic sentence in the world is “I am a newspaper reporter” and my heart breaks at what has happened to our gallant profession.

  • Brian Fortunato

    Don’t go into law. It’s a trap!

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    To quote a friend of mine:

    “They have only themselves to blame. Instead of nurturing talent, they abuse it. Instead of making a better product, they make a more pathetic one and expect customers to pay the same for it.”

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  • Noli Cabantug

    I came here in the US from a third world country and I never had the illusion that I can carry on with my journalism in English. I applied in a small time newspaper in L.A. and they gave me a chance but I blew it because of my inadequate mastery of the English language. I ventured into different fields, office work in environmental work, gas station clerk/attendant, then I went to school for certified nursing assistant, took CA multiple subject teaching credential program and passed licensing exam, transitioned to vocational nursing (one year with state licensing examination). For more than ten years now, I have been subbing in a local school district and during flu season, I work seasonally for a big hospital in its annual flu prevention program as a vocational nurse. So far, I am able to modestly help my wife with our family finances. As I told my friend from my native country who are asking about my career, I had zigzagged many times. The good thing about being in the US is that you can survive if you are just willing to try other things. My latest gig was working in the medical side, as a nurse, of the state work compensation which made me witness firsthand the many loopholes and abuses of this program. I had the journalist’s instinct to expose it but I am being held by my oath to withhold protected medical information of patients. Journalism is no longer my paramount interest to have self satisfaction. A call for practical living is now my sweetest desire.

  • giulia scatolero

    you are totally true. also in italy is the same situation. I got a fixe-term contract but i got no more security also due to the economic crisis.. the paradox is that we have to talk about other job problem and not our!

  • http://tedschnell.blogspot.com/ Ted Schnell

    I became a journalist because of my belief in truth, because my talents in writing and photography fit the profession well. I also did so with the understanding that I probably would never be able to afford to retire, partly because the pay has always been lousy, but also because I knew I wanted to have kids.

    But I grew up at a time when employers often could be trusted to genuinely care about their employees. You could find a company you liked, and as long as worked hard and with integrity, you could be assured, generally, that your job was safe.

    That’s no longer true.

    And, while I still believe that journalism, the “Fourth Estate,” is still essential to ensuring a free society, I would not recommend it for anyone.

  • giulia scatolero

    so sad to read your story especially if you are a young journalist like me :’(

  • http://tedschnell.blogspot.com/ Ted Schnell

    Hate to say it, but screw it. Journalism is not a career worth pursuing anymore. I am a former reporter, a former copy editor (already virtually extinct) with a family. My first layoff in late 2010 left me looking for full-time work for 19 months and financially destroyed me. I am about six months into my second layoff after 18 months at Patch — a transition for which I had been well-prepared.

    For 30 years, I was proud of my profession. Now I regret ever pursuing it and am looking at transitioning to something I hope will give me a similar sense of pride. But the profession for which I am most-skilled and have the greatest experience at has betrayed me. I can’t get past that, and even if I could, I doubt it would matter.

  • JTFloore

    “reporters” do not work only for newspapers. they also work for huffpost, politico etc. etc. so to define “reporter” as being ONLY a newspaper employee is misleading and factually wrong.

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