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    Why Being A Journalist Is The Best Worst Job Ever

    CareerCast.com ranked newspaper reporters as having the worst job in 2013. But here at the Franklin Center, there's nothing else we'd rather be doing.

    It's true, being a reporter can suck sometimes.

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    Reporting jobs are becoming few and far between.

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    NEGATIVE 6% growth expected next year!

    You could make more money doing pretty much anything else.

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    PR, anyone?

    Long hours. Lots of words. Hunched back. Crippled fingers.

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    You'd be amazed how long you can survive on Mountain Dew and cigarettes.

    Oh, and there's also the issue of actually having to find and report the news. . .

    Try to get anything original from those flacks who only give you talking points

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    Tell me something I DON'T already know. . .

    Or those people who respond "that's a really good question" because they haven't got a clue how to answer it.

    I know it's a good question, that's why I asked it.

    But maybe you finally get through to that "someone who would know the answer." Except they don't.

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    Back to square one...

    People are hypercritical of your mistakes, even minor ones like typhos.

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    I MEAN TYPOS!

    Some people will even straight up lie to you.

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    So much BS.

    Ah, but you are a journalist, and you won't stand for such shenanigans!

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    So you write a story about it.

    And. . .

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    It's hard to beat the adrenaline rush that comes from finally finding that damning piece of intel.

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    Take that, corruption!

    The powers that be may not like you.

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    But they don't have a leg to stand on because you checked and double checked and triple checked your facts. That story is solid.

    No two days in the office are ever the same.

    New day, new story. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

    (also, it's the perfect job for someone with ADD)

    You have the scoop on pretty much everything.

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    You aren't just the first to hear the news, you WRITE the news.

    But best of all, you've changed things for the better.

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    You've given a voice to those who might not have had one, and you've stood up for the people!

    Because of you, the citizenry is now a little more informed.

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    There's something to be said for getting paid to tell the truth. . . even if it's in peanuts.

    So let's hear it for being a journalist, the best worst job ever!

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