Pew Research Journalism Project confirms what most of us media watchers intuitively knew: Newspaper and magazine jobs have been disappearing.
According to Pew, about 54,200 have vanished since 2003 . Here is that report.
Some of those journalists who got their hours cut or lost their living completely have contacted me about ghostwriting and speechwriting. Others have been applying to public relations agencies to do a 180. But transition isn't all that easy.
Traditionally, those in newspapers and magazines have been trained to get the "truth," whatever that might mean. I never believed in "truth." Rather my education and experience told me there were myriad versions of that.
Focused on one truth, they often find it difficult to do a deep creative dive for what in the data might make the organization, individual, product or service come across well. A former journalist for a brandname media outlet confided to me that she found "making things sticky" reprehensible. She is not thriving in public relations.