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News reporter, the worst job of 2015?

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The Worst Jobs of 2015: No. 200 Newspaper Reporter

Jobs Rated Score: 737.00
Income: $36,267
Growth Outlook : -13.33
Readership has steadily moved from print publications, whether they be newspapers or magazines, in favor of online outlets. The resulting decline in advertising revenue has left newspapers — and thus, newspaper reporters — feeling the pinch.

Previous full-time newspaper reporters, like former Virginia Pilot scribe Nora Firestone, have found their skills translate into fields with more promising, long-term outlooks such as public relations.

«I think that some of the best PR/media-relations and content writers are former journalists/reporters,» she says. «We know how to find the gold in a person, company, situation or event.»


A bad day at work is different for everyone, but if you work in one of the nation’s worst jobs, a bad day can be especially challenging.

“I quit when several taxi drivers were robbed and killed, and I didn’t want to be next,” says Perry Jones, who spent two years as a taxi driver in Phoenix. “I wanted to be a taxi driver because I loved to drive and I wanted to be able to interact with people who wanted to go places within the city,” he says. “I also thought it would pay the bills and leave a bit left over for some amenities.”

That wasn’t the case, he admits. Taxi drivers lease their cabs at a daily rate, which cuts into the already miniscule median annual salary of $22,820, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And if late hours, potential danger and low pay aren’t enough, taxi drivers also face a murky job market with companies like Uber and Lyft flourishing in recent years.

Of course, there are some jobs even worse than taxi driver. Take newspaper reporter, for example, where poor job prospects, low pay and layoffs have plagued the industry for the past several years.

Erin Hayes, a former newspaper reporter in Boston, knows that all too well. Hayes graduated college in 2003 and worked her way up from editorial assistant to a position writing the Boston Herald’s “Inside Track” column.


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