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Is ‘newspaper reporter’ worst job?

Coming in one spot below logger this year, newspaper reporter has again been ranked the worst of the worst jobs in Career Cast's 2016 Jobs Rated report. The explanation from the report will look familiar to many reporters: fewer available jobs, a worsening industry forecast and paltry pay. Broadcaster was rated the third-worst job, finishing behind disc jockey, military personnel and pest control worker/Kristen Hare, Poynter. More here.

DFO: Whoever said the job of journalist is worse than logging has sawdust for brains. I have worked at almost all facets of this business, from cub reporter writing obits to managing editor. I've enjoyed columnizing, editorializing and, now, blogging. I began at a newspaper that still used linotype machines and hot metal. I'm not in the 21st century blogosphere. The pay was good until the Internet overturned the apple cart. However, I've survived through 12 years of layoffs, pay cuts and buyouts. Forty-six years. I've lived a life that would have been unimaginable if I hadn't been a journalist. It's a calling. It's not for the faint of heart.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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