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What's next after journalism

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by newspaperman, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. newspaperman

    newspaperman Member

    Well, my mind is made up. Me and journalism are done. Now my question is what's next? Any ideas of any industries who value former sports journalists - besides sports media relations?
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    crack sales.
  3. When I left the business the first time, a civic club acquaintance offered me a job in his insurance agency. Except that I was relocating, I considered it seriously.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I'd rather stay in journalism than sell insurance.
  5. Lollygaggers

    Lollygaggers Member

    Took me almost two years, but I just landed a job in marketing at a university. Has nothing to do with sports. I was turned down for a technical writing job, a social media specialist job and a tourism marketing job in the past two years, but I don't know that my background only being in journalism was a factor in not getting those positions. In the job I'm starting next week, they really liked my journalism experience as well as my social media experience, editing experience, web experience and design experience. So there are jobs out there that will take sports writers, but I think you have to have as broad a skill set as possible other than just being a good reporter/writer.
  6. newspaperman

    newspaperman Member

    Crack sales - where do I apply? I've thought about teaching English, but my patience has depleted due to my time in journalism. I don't know what's next, but it sure isn't working 6 days, 55 hours a week for $25k. It's a new day.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Which is an indication of why a great journalist makes $50,000 and a below-average insurance salesman makes $100,000.
  8. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    The people I know in insurance aren't pulling down $100K. One woman left her job in classified sales at my previous paper and doesn't seem to be doing much better.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    And I used small-market-adjusted numbers, rounded, to make my point. Nobody likes selling insurance, just as on the Technical Writing thread we are all saying nobody enjoys tech writing all that much. But the life choices it gives you are more than enough to make up for lower workplace satisfaction.
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Generally speaking, you can also work reasonable hours and leave your work at the office where it belongs.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    That's the best part of it. I don't think about my job after I leave and that's a huge thing. Also, never having to work holidays and almost never having to work weekends is pretty cool too.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I work for our insurance agency and only our superstar agents make $100,000 or more per year. However, our new hires are all making over $30k so it's not a raw deal. Also, no weekends or holidays.
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