Are you sure you want to work for the dying newspaper industry?
I can't imagine why anybody would want to work for a major newspaper in a big city. Almost all of them are experiencing circulation and advertising downturns. Stock prices of major newspaper chains have been falling for years. Mergers and consolidations keep happening. And layoffs are a regular occurrance. Good luck.
I can imagine it. Annie, like me, has life goals that don't center around money. Some of us pursue careers where we can make a difference. Some of us pursue career goals that will get us out of the John Mellencamp-esque small town existences we'd otherwise be trapped in. Some of us would rather not choose a profession based on stock prices and circulation trends. And some of us would rather give up a few bucks here or there to chase that.
I can't understand people who live their lives with money as a primary goal. Even if I'm deluding myself into believing I'm making a difference, I'd rather keep chasing that.
As an aside, if you haven't read Annie Shuppy's full piece from Poynter, you should go do that now.