We Baby Boomers grew up putting THE NEW YORK TIMES in a special category. It was more an institution than a business and its editors and journalists were regarded as having a vocation, not a profession like the rest of us. Also, we derive such pleasure reading their articles, especially on lazy Sundays.
So, it's difficult to absorb the possibility, stated in POLITICO, that there could be layoffs of senior editors at the newspaper of record. According to POLITICO the following could be cut to reduce costs:
John Geddes - Managing Editor, Jim Roberts, Susan Edgerly - Assistant Managing Editors, Rick Berke - Former Washington Editor, and Jerry Mazorati - Former Magazine Editor.
Unfortunately for those at POLITICO, there have also been rumors of some reporters being lopped off since the election is over.
Those let go might consider migrating to public relations, a field growing 21%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now that I am less focused on my journalism credentials and being more aggressive hunting public relations writing assignments, my angst is lower and my bank account is much higher. The thrill of journalism can't be beat and who doesn't crave a byline in brandname media. But maybe most of us can only approach journalism as a hobby, not a day job.