AngryJournalist.com, the rant-based site that is the most accurate window into the journalism profession, now has some competition: HappyJournalist.com! The happy site has been up and running for less than a week, but so far the results are not encouraging; it has 14 total posts, compared to more than 1,300 at its angry brother. A helpful point-counterpoint comparison of the two sites' content reveals that, hey, you can both be right:
Julie 11:33 pm on March 2, 2008 | #
I'm happy because I'm working with people who care about what they do and are still brimming with ideas 10, 15, 20 years after they started in the business.
Angry Journalist #1279:
Just in case you thought the past was really any different — or any less angry:
A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices
Which, bawled by boys from mile to mile,
Spreads its curious opinion
To a million merciful and sneering men,
While families cuddle the joys of the fireside
When spurred by tale of dire lone agony.
A newspaper is a court
Where every one is kindly and unfairly tried
By a squalor of honest men.
A newspaper is a market
Where wisdom sells its freedom
And melons are crowned by the crowd.
A newspaper is a game
Where his error scores the player victory
While another's skill wins death.
A newspaper is a symbol;
It is feckless life's chronicle,
A collection of loud tales
Concentrating eternal stupidities,
That in remote ages lived unhaltered,
Roaming through a fenceless world.
Stephen Crane - 1899
Christina 2:17 am on March 3, 2008 | #
I love that I can read an obit and feel sad about a man's death but also know that, when he was alive, I wrote about him and his amazing character and that more people now know there are probably hundreds others who benefited from his existence.
I guess it's kind of a sad-happy instance
Angry Journalist #1284:
Journalist #1258 - If you got a journalism degree, you probably don't even know how to spell obituary never mind write one. When you get that barista job, remember to pour the foam not scoop it for a latte; you'll get a better tip.
Mark E. Johnson 5:05 am on March 3, 2008 | #
I'm happy because I get to help the next generation of journalists help their (future) communities.
Angry Journalist #1301:
I'm angry at optimists.