Newspaper reporters officially have the worst jobs


The profession was ranked No. 200 out of 200 on CareerCast’s annual list of careers, ranked by pay, stress and other factors. Give them a break, PR pros.

By Kevin J. Allen | Posted: April 17, 2015

PR pros: You may think you’ve got it rough having to pitch reporters to cover your companies and clients, but the guy or gal at the other end of that pitch has it worse—much worse.

The annual list of the Worst Jobs has ranked newspaper journalist as the absolute worst job a person can have.

According to the site, “Readership has steadily moved from print publications, whether they be newspapers or magazines, in favor of online outlets. The resulting decline in advertising revenue has left newspapers — and thus, newspaper reporters — feeling the pinch.”

Newspaper reporter was ranked 200th out of the 200 jobs that were ranked based on work environment, stress, income and hiring outlook.

By comparison, PR, social media and marketing-related jobs fared pretty well, though they weren’t in the top echelon. Social and community manager came in at No. 83, market research analyst was No. 95, social media manager was No. 101 and PR executive was No. 121.

As a former newspaper journalist, I can confirm that the pay is bad, the hours can be brutal, the constant threat of layoffs did nothing to boost morale and yes—I can see how an outsider might think it’s the worst job. But I never had more fun in a job than I did as a newspaper reporter.

Would I ever go back? Can’t say I would—as much as I loved reporting, I love being able to afford mortgage payments even more.

[RELATED: Top travel media and bloggers tell PR pros how to win big coverage.]

That said, any reporters who may be looking for a career change should know that actuary scored highest on the list.

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Hone a Knife with Black and White Newspaper


Hone a Knife with Black and White Newspaper

A sharp knife keeps you safe and productive in the kitchen. If you don’t have a coffee mug handy, dry newspaper is a great for honing the edge.

This is an old tip among sushi chefs, and Sushi Secret explains how it works:

Place a sheet of dry newspaper (all black and white ink) flat. Lay the blade of your knife flat on the newsprint and gently glide the blade across the paper, keeping blade flat the entire time. Do this a few times and repeat the same number of times on the other side of the knife. If knife is one sided carbon steel, it is not necessary to repeat on both sides evenly. Run knife under water and wipe clean to remove debris before use.

As we’ve discussed before, honing and sharpening aren’t the same processes. The rough surface of the newspaper is just enough of an abrasive to do the trick, but you’ll still likely need to sharpen it down the line.

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