30 Things That Stress Out Journalists
According to a Careercast report, journalists have one of the most stressful jobs, along with soldiers, firefighters, airline pilots, and public relation executives (they have the same stresses as journalists but get paid better). Here's why journalists are so stressed:
When a TV reporter asks a completely bullshit, softball question at a press conference
"Can you email us your questions?"
When your phone dies in the middle of the day
Just don't do it.
When sources don't call back
When your editor asks if you can write a brief before the end of your shift
Working on 4 hours of sleep
When you notice your voice recorder is not on in the middle of an interview
When someone threatens to sue you
When a late-night game goes into overtime
When you run into someone in real life after bitching about them on Twitter.
When a reader leaves a voicemail telling you that you're a worthless piece of shit and that you have no idea what you're writing about
After writing your fifth homicide story in a week
Deciding to join the copy desk
"Did I make that change in my lede???????????"
When a source is talking above your state school journalism degree
When your computer freezes and you realize you haven't saved your story
When you realize the meeting you're covering across town starts in five minutes
When you realize you're driving toward a fire instead of away from it
When your editor asks if you could take photos yourself instead of sending a photog
Attending your first presser
When you see your paycheck
Journalism in general
We still love it.