A recent study by Career Cast, a US-based online career site, showed that newspaper reporter is the worst job in the United States this year.
And as though it was not enough to make my nerves shake, it also stated that janitor, construction worker, maid, and even garbage collector are better jobs than newspaper reporter.
But of course, being a mass communication senior in one of the top communication schools in the country and being a news writer in one of the finest newspapers in the campus press circle for the past two years, I know that newspaper reporter is one of the few personally rewarding jobs out there. Not even a US-based study can change my perception about the job.
I can still remember the time I saw my first article printed in the Advocate. It was just a minor article; laid out on the third page’s bottom right side that can be barely seen by lazily-browsing readers, yet I was proud when I saw my work along with my byline there. The news clip was shining and my eyes were popping out.
I was so happy I could have farted glitters.
That particular moment made me work harder; I attended to event coverage that were assigned to me by my then editor and I diligently braved sleepless nights to exchange my articles with my editor just to polish them until they were already labeled “FLO” or “for layout.”
Eventually, I grew. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I will have face-to-face encounters with celebrities I was just seeing on television, or with government officials whose names were just being read by my eyes on newspapers and online articles back then.
Never did I envision that I will see my articles printed as banner stories or even as headline articles in a newspaper. Never did I believe that I will be able to write more than 80 news articles (and counting); more than half were printed.
But all of them were made into reality by being a newspaper reporter which, apparently, is reported to be the worst job in the United States this year because of low pay, tight deadline, and high stress. Unbelievable.
Well, I never denied that being a news writer even in the campus press is stressful; nobody said it was not, anyway. But who would mind being stressed if you see your works in print on a regular basis? As what my fellow mass communication zombies would say: “Arte pa?”
Of course, I am now speaking as a college editor but what if I am a daily newspaper reporter? I may be out of the streets on a daily basis to gather news then submit articles to my bosses come sunset… and then I get paid a small amount after my day’s hard work (newsmen never deny that newspaper does not have a lot of money, anyway).
But on breakfast next morning, I see my works and name printed on the day’s issue. Add the thought that my articles will be read by the nation and that I am actually a chronicler of history-in-the-making.
It must be a rewarding way to wake up, right? Not many professionals can feel the reward a newspaper reporter gets every morning.
Career Cast may say that newspaper reporter is the worst job this year, but at least I can say that it is one of the most rewarding.
The newspaper reporter is the best news educator because of intrepid and in-depth writing he does; online articles are not so in-depth, in my observation.
If there is no newspaper reporter, the society will undoubtedly be dumb.
People live and die, but the newspaper should always be here to stay.