Fireproofing a Career in the Fourth Estate
Author: Warren Watson
Publisher: Marion Street Press
Category: Business & Economics
View: 1798Journalism is in upheaval. Journalists displaced by career-shattering business changes and the rise of the Internet have resulted in tens of thousands of jobs lost. Reporters and editors are routinely laid off and fired. Many have given up. But some have thrived. Surviving Journalism examines what has happened to embattled career journalists through profiles of those affected by business trauma in recent years. It also gives practical survival tips to those displaced--and to prospective journalists as they enter a career in the fourth estate. Warren Watson lays out critical survival skills through 43 years as an award-winning journalist, working at every level in the craft, from a weekly reporter to a sports editor, to an executive at larger papers. Contending that survivors in the field must be flexible, adaptable and willing to zigzag as the digital age evolves, Watson prepares journalists to "fireproof" their careers, with an emphasis on learning varied skill sets and how to be entrepreneurial and creative.