AdWeek was shocked that half of high schoolers don’t trust journalism.
And they shouldn’t. Journalism got co-opted by Reality Deniers and it shows.
Just take this piece of bullshit published by J-Source.
It is beyond oblivious. The article laments that somehow, that journalism has suddenly become stressful because the new generation are precariously employed.
Memo to J-Source: journalists were poorly-paid and precariously employed when I started out in the 1990s.
Where do you dumb fucks live? The planet Deludo?
There were big cuts for decades. Journalists always had side gigs because the pay in the profession always sucked, particularly in Canada. The difference is that previous generations lied through their teeth, and the current crop, who were sheltered as they were sold a bill of goods by their mommies and daddies who assured them that they were special Indigo Children, are aside themselves that the pay and security are truly that bad.
And in Ontario, publications such as the dysfunctional Walrus were working unpaid interns more than full-time, until the provincial government cracked down on them.
And that was in 2014.
I chronicled the bad working conditions in my latest book — and that came from covering the profession, all while working as a journalist. I tried to avoid working for Canadian media outlets because the pay was beyond a pittance, while the US publications not only paid far better, but the weak Canadian dollar made my pay check even more lucrative. It was like getting a raise every day.
There was never job security by the time the 1990s came rolling in: publishers and editors were riding in a revolving door even then, and the Matthews Media Directory was perpetually out of date. I know because I used to get the latest one, and then start verifying the names and positions as part of my research into the profession, and then charting the revolving door. Reporters were getting canned frequently as asset-squeezers took over because circulations were plummeting — and it would have been worse unless the definition of “paid subscription” wasn’t rejigged to reflect giveaway newspapers, which is a big cheat.
But my favourite quote is this knee-slapper:
It was once possible to join a newsroom and stay there for years. At the Toronto Star or the Globe and Mail, a reporter who joined the newsroom prior to 2016 could expect to be making at least $90,000 a year by their sixth year of employment.
In Toronto? With the housing prices being what they are alone? And considering the jobs cuts going on even then, and the shrinkage, that is an optimistic estimate, also considering that the net and the gross are not going to be the same figure, given the clawbacks on an average Canadian check. I doubt many were pulling anywhere near that much, given the modest staffs these publications have had for about the last twenty-five years.
So the article is a big pile of bullshit with fuck all to it. As usual.
No wonder a new generation don’t believe journalists. They truly are full of shit.
If they cannot be counted on to accurately reflect the reality of their own fucked up profession, then they cannot be trusted to cover anything else…