Saturday, May 3, 2008

Angry journalists

FishbowlDC highlights this rant at
I hate the fact that the people who actually make all of the major decisions for the newsroom have never written a single headline, edited or written a single story, or worked past 7 p.m., much less on a weekend. All of the choices they make are for a business that literally does not exist. It’s not the business that *I* am working for, anyway. It’s the one in their heads that they think exists because they literally are not in the building when the actual business is running. How can you run a newspaper when you have never even been in the newsroom during the real work hours? DUH.
Preach it, brother! What this staffer is referring to is the fact that most of the actual business of putting out your morning newspaper occurs between 4 p.m. and midnight, while most of the brass leaves the office at 6 p.m.

The news business is not, never has been, and never will be, a 9-to-5 job. Sure, there are people in the business who slide along for years with that 40-hour-a-week clock-watcher mentality, but excellence cannot be achieved on such a schedule.

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