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A J OU RN ALI S T
A t a t im e wh e n jo u r na l i st s a re ne e d e d m o re t ha n
eve r, s o m e o f t h e b e st i n t he Ro a no ke Va l l ey-a nd
e ls ewh e re - are b a i l i ng o u t f o r o t he r j o b s.
written by
DAN SMITH

AWARD-WINNING ROANOKE TIMES
editorial page editor DWAYNE YANCEY

put it this way:
"I've been at The Roanoke Times since
1982. In that time, I've seen lots of people
come and go - some to other journalism
jobs, some to non-journalism jobs. I'm not
sure the reasons for leaving journalism
have changed over time. It usually goes
like this:
"Journalism can be very stressful with
lots of long hours and odd hours and at
some point, some people get tired of that
and want something more regular.
"Public relations jobs have always paid
more than journalism jobs.
"A third and fourth reason for people to
leave the profession: they're either forced
out as jobs are eliminated or they see
what's happened to others and want to
be pro-active rather than re-active."
W hatever the reasons, journalists
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nationally and locally are leaving their News Association reports TV "is excelling
chosen field at a time when that field is in the digital age. ... revenue is increasing,
under intense attack. Journalists are even defying expectations set by newspapers.
being characterized as "an enemy of the Furthermore, employment is stable.
people."
Viewership numbers are declining, albeit
"Local journalism is going extinct slowly." But reporters are leaving in droves,
across America," wrote Politico recently. to be replaced by the next generation.
Journalism "is toast," said Warren Buffett,
Washington & Lee University assistant
whose BH Media owns The Roanoke journalism professor DOUG CUMMING,
Times and other Virginia newspapers.
a former newspaper reporter, has trained
Pew Research says the number of reporters who have worked in the
employees in newspaper newsrooms Roanoke Valley. He received a jolt in his
dropped from 71,000 in 2008 to 39,000 thinking of late: "Last year's sophomore
by 2017. Newspaper ad revenue "was class, when it was time to declare a major,
nearly a third of what it was the decade opted for 'strategic communication' in our
before, falling to 18 billion from $49 department at almost three times the rate
billion," wrote Politico recently, calling of those that picked 'journalism' ... after
the newspaper business "a shadow of the years of being close to a balance between
behemoth it once was."
the two. That has stunned us here in this
TV has a different story, though mid- department, where the faculty of eight
market journalists continue to look for can claim almost 200 years of collective
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