By Elysse James | March 28th, 2007
Hello everyone! A little about me: My name’s Elysse James. I’m a 22-year-old copy editor working in Southern California for a mid-sized daily newspaper. Before I was hired as a copy editor I was an intern reporter. Before (and during) the internship, I worked for my college paper.
Since I’ve transitioned from student/employee to just employee, I’ve noticed a lot of downsizing in the industry. At my paper, I feel that when someone leaves their job may not be filled until months, even years, later. But because of this, it seems the younger generation (juggling work and school, anyone?) is stepping up, taking on tasks that the seasoned journalists are unwilling to add to their list of responsibilities.
This is a great opportunity, allowing younger journalists to show what we can do. But because we are proving we can handle it all, we may be enabling managment to hold off hiring more people, which is definitely not good.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Do you take on as much responsibility as you can handle? Do seasoned journalists at your papers help out or do they hold off in the hopes a new hire will soon fill the position? Are small staffs the future of the industry?
I hope to hear from all of you!