Newspapers are dying not only because readership is dying off, but also because few journalism students have any incentive to work for them.
When I graduated college, writing for a newspaper was glamorous — a dream come true.
After all, Superman … Clark Kent … was a newspaper reporter!
Even though I didn’t have a journalism degree (I majored in chemical engineering), I sent letters and resumes to 300 newspapers.
I got only one interview — the Associated Press in Buffalo, NY — and they didn’t hire me.
Today, if you graduate with a B.S. in journalism, you have no incentive to write for a newspaper.
It isn’t glamorous — print media are moribund — and to add insult to injury, it pays poorly vs. the Internet.
According to an article in the Folio: Superbook 2009 (p. 9), the average salary of a journalism major going to work for a daily newspaper (where pay is much higher than weeklies) is $28,000.
Beginning TV journalists don’t fare much better, with an average salary of $29,300.
The highest paying job for journalism majors is online, where the average salary is $37,400 — 33% higher than newspapers pay.
Is there ANYONE reading this blog who writes for newspapers or wants to?
If so, given the decline of the medium and the lousy pay — why?