When Journalists Gripe

Media employees have plenty to complain about these days — layoffs, dropping revenue, and of course, accusations of bias. But now there’s a place for frustrated journalists to vent: AngryJournalist.com. It’s an anonymous message board with no dates, locations, or any identifiers save a number. Here’s a recent post:

I’m angry because after a Sunday when I wrote the A1 lead and the centerpiece, a woman came to the paper’s offices to buy two copies of the paper…FOR THE F—–G DRY CLEANING COUPON.


Garbanzo

If that excerpt doesn't speak volumes about the growing irrelevance of mainstream media and the narcissism of journalists. If the customer doesn't want a perfectly good product (according to me, at least), it must be the customer's idiocy. How many companies have gone down in flames with that idea?

J

Well, at least he understands which part of the paper has value to the consumer now. I wonder if he knows coupons can be published online...

Kiyoshi Martinez

Wow, a plug from Freakonomics. I think this means my site has officially gone mainstream. Thanks guys!

BC

Has anyone started a message board called something like "Angrymediaconsumer.com"? This industry enjoys a status where they are Constitutionally protected and can bend this designation to the obscene extreme! How many of us have been forced by editorializing to think a certain way about a given topic? How many times has the media completely disregarded compassionate coverage, to increase market share? "How do you feel about the senseless murder of your son, Mrs. Smith?" Stuff like that. When profit and sensationalism replaced free speach and keeping the public informed, you are starting to get what you deserve. You are shameful. Now you'll have to go out and get a job that serves a useful purpose.

BobH

Garbanzo: I think you're the one missing the point. The reporter worked his butt off, wrote stories he was obviously proud of, and he's frustrated because after all that all the customer wanted was the coupon.

He's not blaming the customer or calling her stupid; he's simply frustrated. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find parallels in your own job: You work like a dog on a complicated project or program, and it gets compliments -- because the designer gave it a beautiful shade of fuchsia.

I realize everyone's angry at journalists, but the people doing the grunt work aren't the ones you should be crapping on.

Mark

No reason to focus only on the whinging dinosaurs who ruined the newspaper industry. Check out the alternative, HappyJournalist.com.

JB in NYC

Does the angry journalist understand the lesson? Don't write about what people don't want to read about. Do something useful - be a dry cleaner.