Press Talk Of Watergate awards stress

first_imgDiscovery TV is running a documentary, “All the President’s Men,” which — as most of us know — is that Watergate thing.I watched, of course, because I grew up during that entire President Nixon mess.But one aspect the documentary didn’t touch on is what Watergate did for so many college students who were looking for a career path:It led them to reporting.The allure of doing good, uncovering evil and holding the government accountable was a magnet for the brightest and the best.That allure still holds true today — just look around The Columbian’s newsroom, for example.I’d argue we have more educated, talented, dedicated staffers than just about anyplace else. And just this week we learned that 21 journalists here scored in the latest awards contest held by the Society of Professional Journalists.We’ll learn more details when the awards are officially announced, but — like last year — we’re likely to have won more awards than any newspaper in our five-state region in our circulation category. Wow!But there is a force now that is creating a monumental drag:The payoff for the hard work.Career Cast does an annual “Best and Worst Jobs” report, and this year, newspaper reporter was listed as No. 1!Well, the No. 1 worst, a career website, ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook.One of the reasons for the bad vibes in reporting jobs is because newspaper advertising revenue has collapsed. In 2006, newspapers were bringing in almost $50 billion a year. Five short years later, it was only $24 billion.last_img read more