From Gawker, The Plight of Print’s Lucky Ones:
Admittedly, complaining about your well-paying job at a time when a lot of very capable people are out of work altogether won’t engender any sympathy. But Q’s little booze-soaked soliloquy does raise a question that seems to weigh heavily on the minds of media folk of a certain demographic these days (those over the age of, say, 27, who have already spent 5-plus years toiling in the trenches at publications that are vastly different in scope and size than when they started). Namely: Where do we go from here?
Because right now, as the Summer of 2009 gives way to fall, the answer is pretty damn unclear.
The whole post is well worth a read, as it captures the broad industry wide malaise that’s got a strangle hold on this certain generation of journalists, those too young to call it quits on a career but not young enough to avoid wading into this swirling pool in the first place. I am, by the way, exactly 27.
I differ from the author of this post and from other woe-begotten journos in an important way: Even if I knew what was going to happen to the industry, I still don’t think that would have caused me to change majors in college or pursue another career path after graduation. But I would have probably went about it another way (and would have hoped my j school was on board). I also probably would have taken that interview I had for an internship at Washingtonpost.com a little bit more seriously.
I mean, they had a room full of free sodas in the office. That was a big selling point for them at the time. Who would’ve known that’s where the serious shit was happening?*
*we all should have known
Is it optimistic or depressing when you’re at the point when you’re elated just to hear an echo of a response back from the other end of the void?
Thank you for applying for the xxx summer internship. We chose another candidate whose qualifications were a bit more in line with what we were looking for this year, but you should know that we received dozens of applications, and yours was one of the strongest.
We really appreciate your interest, and I hope you continue to read xxx. Best of luck with everything, and have a great summer.