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What old co-workers are up to

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by copperpot, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    I left a medium-sized daily a few years ago, and the time since has not been kind to the paper, which has been folded into a couple of other nearby cities' papers. Very few of my co-workers remain there, and today, I was on LinkedIn and found what several of them are doing instead of working in newspapers. These are former reporters and editors. Kind of wild ...

    Owner, Arconti Concrete, LLC
    Property Manager at Housing Authority
    Director Of Operations & Client Services
    Account Manager at Chartwell, Inc.
    Student at Santa Fe Community College
  2. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps the most depressing part of that list is that the skills they used in journalism are not the skills they are using in their current jobs. Makes you wonder why any of us paid good money to hone those skills in college.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Because we're all going to work in this field until we're 65, retire and enjoy Social Security, pensions, fat 401Ks and high-value stock options!
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I was at a major metro that got shut down nearly three years ago and sadly, the majority I have seen on Facebook is still unemployed. Certainly not in newspapers. And one former colleague is leaving his newspaper gig for a full-time radio job. Good for him. Probably more stable.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Mine are all dead. I killed them.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Damn, Concrete Boy has stirred a little bit of shit in the interim, hasn't he?
  7. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    There's a pretty good indication of how f'd up things are -- radio is considered more stable.

    I had a friend who did morning sports on a radio station. They had a noon staff meeting. Once everyone was assembled, the general manager flipped the switch on a speaker just in time to hear, "This is the new sound of Country 97."

    That's how the staff found out about the format change that ended all their jobs.
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I've never fully understood how just a format change would end radio people's jobs.

    Don't they think people could adjust to a different format?

    Oh wait, this is corporations we're talking about here.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Pern, sometimes it's hard to convince employers that the skills you possess are transferable to other industries.

    But, surely you realize the skills you have and use as a journalist are valuable in many roles.

    Tell me what you perceive to be your skills, and I'll tell you why I'd want someone with them.

    But, for a start, critical thinking, writing, the ability to talk to strangers and make them feel comfortable, thinking on your feet, working without close supervision, working on deadline, etc.

    Those are skills any employer should value. And, I'm sure copperpot's former colleagues are using their journalism skills in their new jobs. (Well, all except the concrete guy. He's relying on political connections. LOL.)

    In fact, I'll bet they're surprised how easy their transition has been to new fields, and I'll bet they are aware that their journalistic talents are a big reason for the ease of transition.
  10. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Fair enough, YF, but my point was really that spending four years studying journalism in college is not needed to be a property manager or an account manager or to own a concrete company. Those four years and dollars could have been better spent studying business to enter any of those fields.

    I could open a restaurant tomorrow and I would benefit from knowing how to get coverage from local papers, how to write and design a menu that looks and sounds attractive, how to advertise, etc. But ultimately, my success as a restauranteur would rely more heavily on the 15 years I spent working in restaurants and learning the business rather than the $17,000 and four years I spent learning the inverted triangle and how to write a lead.

    Will you use those journalism skills in other professions? Sure. But did you need to spend four years and $XX,000 dollars to get there? No.
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I understand.

    I just hate to see so many people here feel like they're trapped in a dying field, and not realizing how many transferable skills they have.

    The money and time learning your trade has been spent. No going back now.

    Go forward, with confidence in your skills. They are desired by smart employers.
  12. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    If there's a format change, it's probably because the station is not successful.
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