My birth state New Jersey continues to have a hard time of it. Talk to just about anyone in any part of the Garden State and they lament how little has been rebuilt post-Sandy. They wonder if the Jersey Shore can be ready for the summer season and if those bunking in trailers will ever have a house again.
In the negative law of attraction, bad news seems to bring more bad news. Newhouse Publishing, reports THE NEW YORK POST, is cutting 10% of the editorial folks at the NEWARK STAR- LEDGER or 8 full time writers and 10 part timers. This is the first time the newspaper has ever had layoffs in the newsroom. Our hearts go out to these unemployed in a market which keeps downsizing. My advice? Migrate to public relations, which is growing at 21%.
As a Jersey Girl who actually did grow up in Jersey City, I am most concerned if the JERSEY JOURNAL, the print version of the classic ethnic yenta, will also get hammered in the future. It had been a must-read for who died, who got arrested, and whose kid made the dean's list in an out-of-state college. My dream was to be a reporter for the JERSEY JOURNAL but after attending that out-of-town college I got lost in the world of, first, scholarship, then business. When I found my path, it was obvious the only way I was going to do journalism was freelance and the number of pitches I get accepted keeps dwindling.
But life is funny. The man who was to be my future brother-in-law Scott Ring had been publisher of the JERSEY JOURNAL until he retired about seven years ago. He and my sister Anne Murga-Ring are currently based in Florida, far from the ongoing New Jersey unraveling. Had Ring been still in charge perhaps he could have directed me to editorial to pitch a story on career transition for journalists.