Media Another Sign of the Times
posted by April 2 at 8:55 AMon
They’re angry at their demanding editors. They’re angry about the mushrooming workload in shrinking newsrooms. They’re even angry about other angry journalists.
But these angry journalists are happy they can now vent their frustrations to the rest of the world, courtesy of angryjournalist.com, a sort of online complaint board allowing ink-stained wretches to gripe anonymously.
Ironically, their anger is partly fueled by the Internet, which has forced newspapers and television networks to reinvent themselves with painful consequences for their staffs.
I did a quick search for the word “Seattle” in the angry entries (now numbering near 3,000) and found only one that mentions this city—and then only as a reference point for someone who actually worked 70 miles away from here. Which means Seattle journalists are perfectly content? Or just being careful? Here’s angry journalist #1372:
I’m unhappy because there are too many daily newspapers, such as my last about 70 miles from Seattle, that feel about reporters the same thing Hitchcock felt about actors — they’re cattle. The paper brings in young journalists, asks them to churn out three to four stories a day until they burn out, and then sends them on their disspirited way while awaiting the next victim. Money for training? Nope. Coaching while on-site? Nope, just rewrite and criticize. Good pay? You’ve got to be kidding! And you wonder why journalism is in a world of hurt.