Saying goodbye

Why so many journalists are leaving the industry

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  1. This week the Pulitzer Prizes were announced. Shortly afterward, it was reported two of the winners have left the industry in search of jobs that can pay the rent and allow them to spend time with their families.

  2. It's now being reported that the editor of the Daily Breeze, which covers part of Los Angeles County, wants his reporter back and will "do what it takes" to make it happen. But how? Where will this company find the money to maintain its obviously talented staff without further cuts? Will they earn cost-of-living salaries in the future? None of this is clear.

    The Washington Post took a look at why so many journalists are leaving for PR. Anyone still working in journalism could tell you. If you aren't working in LA, New York, or Washington, D.C., your chances of finding a new journalism job after layoffs is pretty low. If you don't want to spend your entire career moving from city to city every few years, PR is a good bet. It's a similar skill set, but gives you experience you can take to a variety of industries and agencies. You can establish yourself in PR and be confident in the ability to move to a new job if and when you need to.
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