Monday, June 11th, 2007

Why It Sucks To Be A Journalist Now

These days the color is pink, and not Cam’ron Pink or Code Pink, mind you. Truth is, as outgoing managing editor Robert Rosenthal put it to disheartened SF Chronicle staffers recently: “We all are caught in the greatest upheaval our industry and the institution of journalism has ever faced.”

Rosey, whose office featured a massive picture of an African lake covered with pink flamingos, at least went out with truth on his side. He told Editor & Publisher: “The reality is that in the last 10 or 12 years, the biggest creators – the journalists – have not been part of the conversation, the decisions…Most newsrooms are getting smaller. The industry for 12 years has been in retreat.”

The Chron has begun the process of laying 100 of its 381 people in the newsroom, including 20 management positions and 80 staff positions.

Deputy Managing Editor John Curley announced his departure last week here on Flickr.

The Chron has started a blog to mourn the layoffs, with the somewhat grotesque but typically Bay Area-earnest title of “Colleagues Remembered”.

posted by @ 11:33 am | 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Why It Sucks To Be A Journalist Now”

  1. Q says:

    Yeah, I used to think the newspapers were sleeping my skills but then saw folks losing their jobs and trying to do the freelance thing…

    I guess I can kiss the full-time gig at a big market paper or magazine good bye. of course, the little cow-town papers are always hiring. In case I need that $28,000 a year.

  2. Sugarbread says:

    You don’t need to tell me why it sucks to be a journalist now.

    We’re about as in demand as poets. Actually, at this rate being a poet might just pay better than this shitty gig!

    Then again, we never got in this for the money, right folks?

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