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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Worst jobs should be so interesting

  • According to a recent CareerCast.com survey, newspaper journalists are the mopes with the worst jobs in America. Well, other than the mopes who conduct surveys.
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  • According to a recent CareerCast.com survey, newspaper journalists are the mopes with the worst jobs in America. Well, other than the mopes who conduct surveys.
    The survey claims that being a reporter is worse than being an oil rigger. Or a maid. Or a pest-control guy.
    Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman hated "scribblers" so much, he was once quoted as saying: "If I had my choice, I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast."
    Most reporters would kill for a quote that good.
    The survey also claims that the best job in America is that of insurance actuary. But has anyone ever actually met an insurance actuary? Do they even exist, or are they like unicorns, one of those mythical beings that only your best friend's nephew's buddy claims to have seen?
    The survey cites the newspaper industry's decline, low pay and stress as factors for reporters' jobs landing dead last among 200 occupations. Just a few years ago, a different survey declared that most journalists are so well-paid, many of them have domestic help.
    Sure. They're called spouses and children.
    Reporting isn't the easiest or most popular job in the world. In many cases, "kill the messenger" still applies, and people like you only until you can't do what they want.
    But I don't know that I'd want to be a public-service employee, either. Taxpayers get mad when they hit potholes, then get even madder when workers are on the road filling them.
    Given that teachers now must be parents-by-proxy, bouncers and shrinks, I've become convinced that to be one, you practically have to be called by God himself by way of a burning bush. No one has any business meandering into such a profession strictly for a paycheck.
    I would be a teacher, however, if I could say whatever I wanted to say to your little darling.
    Yeah. Your kid.
    Bunk that survey. There are plenty of worse jobs to be had than newspaper journalist.
    Patting down huffy people in airports all day has to be a contender. Trying to wrestle an unruly senior citizen onto a bedpan while being called names has to be another.
    How about a septic tank cleaner, euphemistically known as a honey dipper? Or even a member of Congress?
    I know, I know. ...
    Is journalism stressful? Sure. We often encounter fist shakers who go out of their way to inform us that we're awful, even un-American, yet they won't stop reading our product.
    Um, thanks?
    We're still trying to figure out this social media thing, namely, how to make money in an era in which communication has been turned on its head.
    Page 2 of 2 - But we also get to tell you about the world beyond your walls. We introduce you to people and ideas and take you to places you might not visit but for the printed word.
    At a newspaper, every single day is different. Even an insurance actuary can't say that.
    We get paid to meet people whom others would kill to spend five minutes with. We get to relay stories of wonder, passion, outrage, pain, love, loyalty, adventure and even those mundane events that anchor life to the moorings.
    How cool is that?
    Contact Charita Goshay at charita.goshay@cantonrep.com.
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