Angry journalists make entertaining reading

By Steve Outing

This could become addictive: Simple concept: Allow any journalist to anonymously air a gripe about life as a journalist. Moderate comments to keep out the trolls and spam.

So far it’s entertaining reading. But I think it also will prove useful. I hope newsroom managers will make a regular read. It will be useful in understanding what people in the newsroom are really thinking.

Here are a few gripes I pulled out that pertain to new media:

I hate the fact that print and online can’t work together! Come on, online is the future, so please have some respect for the webeditors!”

“I spent about an hour today teaching our publisher how to add an attachment to an e-mail. I then had to teach her how to empty the trash can on her computer. How this newspaper gets published? I don’t know! They don’t pay me enough to deal with pure stupidity.”

“The reporters don’t understand the Internet department and the Internet department doesn’t understand reporters. The worst part — some of them aren’t even trying. These debates are important; no one has the answers yet. Let’s recognize that. Let’s be frank about that. Let’s talk honestly with our newsroom about the pressures of the online media landscape.”

“I’m sick of editors. Let the people decide what we want to read. Throw it all at the wall and let us decide. Its the greatest time in the world for journalist…if they decide to break free from the chains of standard editor driven journalist. Blogging is the future.”

“The web is constantly misused by journalists. The managers think it’s a dumping ground (”oh, let’s just put it on the web”). The reporters don’t care about it. The photographers don’t know what to do with it. Promotions doesn’t know how to promote it. And when a few people try to do the right thing the right way (ie: my news manager, two of my reporters), it gets buried under the ignorance of everyone else (EP of News, EP of Morning Shows, I’m looking at you).”

“joe citizen is not a goddamn journalist.”

“I used to be a journalist and actually inform and tell interesting stories. Now I work for a lame TV web site.”

“i’m angry cuz i hear people talk shit about our industry all the time and i can’t defend it cuz most of the time they’re fucking right.”

“I hate citizen journalism.”

“I don’t like seeing young journalists scoff at the Internet. I never knew there were Luddites under 30 until I started working in the news business. I hate you people.”

“There is a major disconnect between the old-timers (even the middle-timers) who are so used to doing the same things for so, so long. They “don’t get it” (sorry-already a tired expression) when it comes to new media. It’s very frustrating working with these dinosaurs (vainly) fighting change.”

Priceless! :)

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!