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"Getting out of the business" resource thread

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by playthrough, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Good luck, apeman, and don't look back. You'll find something better.
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  2. Writer

    Writer Member

    With how this journalism industry is going, I feel as a young reporter that public relations might be a better route. Not sure though.
  3. sj-esquire

    sj-esquire New Member

    I decided to leave the business about 4 years ago after working as a sportswriter for about 7 years. Fast forward to this spring, and I am graduating law school and have already accepted a job that pays 4x the amount I ever made as a journalist. I was afraid to make that leap because sportswriting was so comfortable to me, but am so glad I did -- even though there were years of questioning if it was the right leap. I fully endorse sportswriters getting out of this business as quickly as they can, because there are so many better professions out there! I write this to let you know there is light at the end of the tunnel!
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  4. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    So, a bit discouraged.

    I applied for a lower-level comms job at a foundation working for a guy who was a couple levels up the ladder from me at this joint a while back. I knew it’d be a pay cut, but I was fine with it. I need a change, and not just because journalism and unhealthy life and all that.

    They went cheaper and he said I’d be bored by the job, but will try and find something that better suits me down the road. So that’s encouraging, but I’d be a millionaire if all those bets came in. Count me a little skeptical. This seemed like my best chance and I still got the Heisman.

    To everyone out there: hope your next step is the exit and it’s done on your terms.
  5. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    It's tough not to do, but don't be discouraged, wicked. Keep looking and applying, perhaps even outside of communications/public relations, if anything appeals to you and you think you might have the least chance for the job. Sometimes, opportunities come when, and where, you might least expect them. When you do get your next job, I'll bet that life will be good -- probably even better than it was.
  6. rtse11

    rtse11 Member

    I've had the "you're overqualified" line before as well. Keep your head up and don't be discouraged.
  7. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Hang in there. Don't be shy about telling your former sources you are looking for a job. It's sad you can't stay at the newspaper but as you know it's a dead end. Newspapers are going all cheap, no reporters are going to be making any money again in journalism from now until doomsday, except at The Athletic I guess. One thing is for sure, if you can't get on at the Athletic, you made the right decision. Good luck to you and praise to your friend who is letting you live there free a while. Bless you.
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