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Them who leave vs. them who stay

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Joe Williams, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Had this thought again recently: If you're hoping to move up in this business, it's not just the shrinking number of staff positions at the bigger dailies or magazines that will make that tough. It's the likelihood that the remaining jobs won't open up nearly as often as the jobs that were downsized away.

    Those folks who were willing to take buyouts were, in many cases, the people most likely to leave a place anyway -- either they were nearing retirement or they have confidence in themselves to get hired elsewhere or they would have left the business sooner or later to try something new. Their jobs would have opened up eventually.

    But those folks who would turn down buyout money would seem to be people who either can't imagine doing anything else for a living, don't have confidence that they could get hired elsewhere or need the job (and income) for a longer period of time. Those jobs are unlikely to open up at all, with the people in them clinging harder than ever.

    Guess what I'm saying is, if 10 percent of newsroom jobs opened up each year when times were good and staffs were larger, I'll bet that it is a much smaller percentage moving forward. So both the absolute number of openings, and the frequency of openings, go way down. The stagnation in this business, already severe, is going to get much worse.
  2. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Nah. Every year more people will turn 30 and become over the hill.
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