The New York Times Asks Readers “Being a Reporter Is the ______ Job in the World?”

In case you missed the news, being a reporter is the fifth worst job of 2012, according to a survey.

That’s right. Being a taxi driver, a maid, a dishwasher, or a janitor all ranked higher than being a newspaper reporter. (Here’s the full list, as published on The Wall Street Journal website.)

Now, over on The New York TimesMedia Decoder blog, David Carr is fighting back. Well, sort of. He’s at least giving reporters a chance to voice their opinion. 

He writes:

… we thought it might be a good time to ask the newsies among our readers: Do you like your job or loathe it? Do you pine for the good old days or are you happy to be working in a time of epic change and (perhaps) new opportunity? When you watch shows about journalism, do you identify with “All the President’s Men” or the fifth season of “The Wire”?

So far, there are 30 comments on the post. They come from all types: veterans of the field, with 25 or more years of experience; laid off journalists; new college grads; current J-school students and professors; and even some who left the field and are now returning.

Just a note: The answers will be used in a story later on unless Carr is feeling “all existential and sad about our lowly position on the great totem pole of life.”

The stories are all different but they have one thing in common: Love. People who go into journalism do it because they love it. A lot of the comments said being a reporter was the best job the commenter ever had. Of course, a lot also mentioned the job insecurity in the industry and how it isn’t the profession it once was. For some, that was more than enough to drive them to another job.

If you have time this weekend, read some of the comments. Better than any survey can, they give a real glimpse into what being a reporter in 2012 is truly  like.

Now it’s your turn: How would you describe being a reporter? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

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