Paul Sassone: Newspaper reporter — better job than lumberjack, report says

<p>Paul Sassone</p>

Paul Sassone

Thank god for lumberjacks.

If it weren’t for lumberjacks, newspaper reporter would be the worst job in America.

That’s according to Careercast, a job site, which, using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, has come up with the best and worst jobs in America.

To decide on the best and the worst, the job site used factors such as income, stress and outlook. The worst jobs had low pay, high stress, diminishing job opportunities and sometimes danger.

I spent a lot of my working life as a newspaper reporter, so I am not surprised at where the job ranks on this list. Projected job growth for newspaper reporters by the year 2022 is negative 13 percent.

And as for pay, reporters’ median annual income is $37,090. A sad number since the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in the Midwest a family of four needs an annual median income of $60,000 to live a middle class lifestyle. So, either reporters must lead a solitary and frill-less existence or have a spouse who works — and maybe the kids and Spot, too.

So, it would seem that only fools would choose to be newspaper reporters.

Not necessarily. There are rewards.

Reporters get to write, which they all like to do. And some of them are even good at it.

Reporters get to see politics up close and personal.

If done right, reporting is a social service profession. What reporters write can be of service and benefit to readers.

Reporters can tell the truth — not just what one side said followed by the opposite from the opposition. Very often in public affairs the actual truth (not just two sides) can be determined. Pretty much reporters are the only people who can find out the truth — or who even try.

So being a newspaper reporter can be a good thing — just not when it comes to buying anything.

See Spot work. Work Spot. Work.

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