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May 9, 2012 10:20 AM Subscribe
What should I do instead of online journalism?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago, I left a dream editor job with an online desk at a top foreign newspaper to set up in Canada. This is still absolutely the right decision for me, and being in this country has allowed me to do so many things I couldn't otherwise. I am going to stay here.
My job now is permanent with benefits, has light management responsibilities, and is comparatively well-rewarded. But in Canada I feel the media I work in – exclusively digital – is not taken seriously. People seem to think I make a living from being a blogger. The editors' and writers' associations here seem bewildered by the fact that things online might need to be spelled correctly, let alone people be paid fairly for ensuring that they are. And who would read a newspaper online, for heaven's sake? I realize I'm lucky, but it's devaluing to feel that other people think what you do has little worth.
More importantly, journalism's ground is shifting with every step and my job feels less than secure. In fact, that online job in my previous newspaper back home... no longer exists.
My discontent is likely something to do with the somewhat desperate and sweaty atmosphere at my workplace. I am eyeing the exit. But it's probably little different at any other media company.
I have put out feelers. I am not a natural networker, but I'm trying to talk to some contacts about other possibilities in the market. But... I am ready for another path as well. Continuing to be a digital editor has a raisin's worth of meaning for me, compared with the sacrifices that I already made – of being away from the city and the friends I grew up among.
So, I ask again: what should I do instead of online journalism?
Skills that I have:
* great wordpower and communications skills
* digital native; was raised as a teen by bulletin boards; programmed a computer when 8; can build websites up to PHP coding level
* a few years' overseeing and directing staff and copy workflow, though no line-management as such
* good skills in training people
* literature degree, journalism diploma
Things that matter to me
- being able to properly use my skills
- making a difference to people's lives in a way people care about, at least on an intellectual level
- not too evil
- money (can't forget the mortgage)
I welcome all suggestions regardless of position compared with box (inside, outside, straddling, etc.) I might consider some retraining but circumstances very much limit my free time, and I can't really just up and quit (mortgages are annoying like that).
I'm in Ontario, if it helps, and my work permit allows me free reign. Thank you kind people.