Journalists over the weekend jumped aboard the #FirstSevenJobs trend, listing early gigs to highlight their bottom-up quest to earn paying jobs in the media industry.
The #FirstSevenJobs hashtag began trending after Twitter user Marian Call asked her followers to participate, according to Time. Since then, the hashtag has exploded — celebrities such as Lin-Manuel Miranda have joined in, with the “Hamilton” creator listing jobs including nude model for a drawing class ($14 per hour).
Many reporters, editors and producers recounted their journeys from minimum wage (or unpaid) salaries to their current positions.
David Kocieniewski was a Mister Softee driver before becoming an investigative reporter for Bloomberg News:
— David Kocieniewski (@davidkski) August 7, 2016
Seattle Times book editor and columnist Mary Ann Gwinn scrubbed dishes before poring over books:
Television factory line worker
Special Ed teacher#firstsevenjobs
— Mary Ann Gwinn (@gwinnma) August 7, 2016
Emily Nussbaum was an “anti-shoplifting-tagger” and a clown before becoming TV critic for The New Yorker.
Babysitter. Clown. Anti-shoplifting-tagger. Temp. Publishing intern. Waitress. Battered women’s shelter kid’s-programmer. #firstsevenjobs
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 6, 2016
Bill Adair, creator of PolitiFact, started off as a paperboy:
Saturday obit writer
Oliver the Otter
— Bill Adair (@BillAdairDuke) August 7, 2016
Jane Bradley coached kids in sports before turning to journalism. She is a former BBC correspondent and a current investigative reporter for BuzzFeedUK:
1. Pub washer-upper
3. Chip shop server
5. Kids sports coach
6. Bar staff
7. Journalist (BBC)
— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) August 7, 2016
Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark was a tax-free liquor runner before becoming Poynter’s writing coach:
tax free liquor runner
mail room clerk
summer camp dude
— Roy Peter Clark (@RoyPeterClark) August 7, 2016
Ann Telnaes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who works for The Washington Post, was once a theme park caricaturist:
fast food server
theme park caricaturist
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) August 7, 2016
The responses prove there are more ways to journalistic stardom than the standard internship route. Journalists, want to share your #FirstSevenJobs with us? Drop them in a comment on our Facebook page or tweet at us @Poynter, and we’ll include them in this post.