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What WOULD it take for you to leave this business?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by for_the_hunt, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. for_the_hunt

    for_the_hunt Member

    Portland's paper might be gone, there's layoffs in Raleigh, possible layoffs in Palm Beach, probable layoffs at Gannett, no raises at McClatchy, and Sam Zell has lost his company about $20 million a day --- and all that's just from the recent Page 1 posts.

    In 1985, the average salary was a little more than $22K. Two decades later, some college grads with journalism degrees are making less than that. And don't forget about that memorable food stamps thread.

    It keeps getting worse. Does any other site, dedicated to bringing people of one profession together, have a sticky on "Getting out of the business"?

    So, put simply, good news in this business is about as hard to come by as $1 gasoline. Still, most journalists put up with it ... but, at what point, do you say enough's enough and get out of the business? Or wouldn't you, no matter what?
  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    As soon as I find something else, I'm gone. I reached the jumping off point about six months ago.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    McDonald's to stop running background checks.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The right buyout offer.
  5. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Leaving is easy; staying gone is much more difficult.
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Ain't that the fucking truth.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    A decent job offer.
  8. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    That would leave me much better off than I am now.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Well, pretty soon a bad job offer may look good.
  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    My answer is somewhere between sportschick's and mizzougrad's.
  11. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    I remember reading about some paper offering employees one year's salary if they accepted a buyout. I'd at least leave for that much, and try to stay gone from the industry.
  12. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    I don't ever want to get out of this business. I've been doing this for five years now, going on six, and I love it.

    But the future absolutely scares the shit out of me. I'm afraid of the unknown. I just can't imagine doing something else for the next 50 or so years until I can retire.
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