Judging from the response on Twitter and media blogs, journalists are wearing the dubious honor that newspaper reporter is the fifth-worst job in America like a badge of honor.
That response doesn’t surprise me after spending a decade in newsrooms. Journalists are a different breed who consider the long hours, stressful deadlines, and angry readers part of the price they pay for the sake of the cause. It’s a martyrdom mentality that finds its reward in serving the public interest.
Many journalists feigned insult and gave us lots of reasons—many of them legitimate—why being a reporter is actually the best job ever. Of course, they also quickly pointed out that there are far worse jobs, including “anything in public relations.”