Reporting Among Worst Jobs
11:47 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Shop Talk - May 8

The panelists talk about an article on the CareerCast website, which said newspaper reporter and broadcaster are two of the worst jobs of 2012.

The article said, “As the digital world continues to take over and provide on-demand  information, the need for print newspapers and daily newscasts is diminishing. To be sure, both jobs once seemed glamorous, but on-the-job stress, declining job opportunities and income levels are what landed them on our Worst Jobs list.”

The Shop Talk panelists point out the survey did not look at job satisfaction - and many reporters and broadcasters love what they do. In addition, while print newspapers are declining, the on-line versions are gaining readers and require reporters to provide content.

Panelists Lisa Kernek and Mike Murray, both of whom teach at Western Illinois University, said the numbers increased in the university's journalism and broadcasting departments during the past year. Murray said the creation of an emphasis on sports broadcasting has helped the broadcasting department attract students.

By the way, the job listed as being the worst in 2012 is lumberjack.