…but man, what a crew to go down with.
Journalism is not doing well. Profits are down; newspapers everywhere are shutting down; and people are getting laid off left and right. As a result, veterans with years — sometimes decades — of experience are going for the same jobs as college grads just entering the field.
With the supply not meeting the demand, you’d think the industry would have this competitive, every-person-out-for-themselves atmosphere. But since I’ve graduated, I have yet to encounter it.
One of the best things I’ve discovered about journalism is how tight-knit of a community it is. Despite the state of the industry, everyone is still willing to do what they can to help each other, especially newcomers like me. I really feel this whenever I attend journalism events.
On Saturday, I attended the AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year banquet and I have to admit that it was great being around people with whom I could “talk shop.”
Here are some pictures from that night: