Paul Oberjuerge offers some advice
Recently downsized, former San Bernardino Sun sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge has compiled a Top 10 list of things to do - and not to do - if you want to stay employed in the ever-shrinking world of print journalism.
A few of the suggestions: embrace the web, chase bylines, suck up and slim down.
Number 4: Stop whining. Journalism is a business notorious for its contrary and crabby people, for second-guessers and “that’s not how we’ve done it before” grousers. Five years ago you might have been overlooked as the Charming Curmudgeon. Now, you’re the Negative Nellie. When the call comes down to trash another 10 percent of the newsroom, don’t be the relentless kvetcher who immediately pops into the editor’s mind. Oh, and remember, “second-guessing” now consists of anything other than instant acceptance.
Number 10: Achieve excellence. Five years ago I would have listed this first. Now, it barely makes the list. Competence is a defense, but it no longer is first, second, third or ninth. But, all things being equal, if the cut is between you and someone else who is just as fat and bitchy as you are … the person who is better at their job will survive. (Till next time.)