From earliest days in America, the news business has been exciting - and demanding. Chasing after the essence of a story or overseeing the process, including around the world, provided the platform for migrating to leadership in other professions, ranging from public relations (Jack O'Dwyer) to running Fortune 500 companies (Rupert Murdoch). I myself have learned the most about communications tactics from the sporadic journalism I have done.
But, the business of the news is now a precarious one. Even at the iconic THE NEW YORK TIMES, the newsroom is threatened. As FISHBOWL NY reports, a memo has gone out at the TIMES offering buyouts. The number 30 is what is needed. If 30 newsroom managers don't accept the buyouts then there will probably be layoffs.
Of course, news business watchers have to be asking: If this is happening at the TIMES, what about more vulnerable entities? Is news a niche that should be bypassed as a career path, even as a stepping stone, in 2013?