If you’re a journalist, chances are you won’t jump with shock after reading this news. As stated by Chad Brooks (a BusinessNewsDaily contributor), some recent study indicated that being a reporter is one of the most stressful jobs ever in the year of 2014.
That’s not new. At all. After all these years, I have been directly experiencing this sort of job and I can tell you it goes without saying, or scientific research in this very case.
This research conducted by CareerCast shows us that occupations that pose highest risks like soldiers and fire brigades are some of the most excruciatingly stressful occupations one can have. But stress may also come from not only physical lethal threats but also psychological pressure from systems and workplace. This is where reporters belong, along with PR staff, event coordinators. Blame it all on inhumanely tight deadlines and extreme pursuit of perfection and prone to public humiliation once they make mistakes.
And to add, I may also include copywriters! As we all know, they work like slaves days and nights only to meet demanding clients’ requests and tell them that the draft must be revised as fast as possible, or else they’ll lose their jobs or at least earnings. Mita Diran, an Indonesian copywriter, died tragically and untimely at 27 after working overtime for 3 consecutive days. She drank softdrink to stay awake and didn’t eat and didn’t even take a nap in fear of letting down the dear clients. Diran’s death has been blown up by the media as we all know she worked for an overseas adverseas company.
Determining the amount of stress a worker experiences can be predicted, in part, by looking at the typical demands and crises inherent in the job. CareerCast’s ranking system for stress considered 11 different job demands that can be expected to evoke stress, including amount of travel, growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public.
In spite of the fact that being a REAL reporter (who hunts direct sources on field) is challenging, I need to say that picking news articles and rewriting or paraphrasing them all without investigating or interviewing is already an arduous task. So when you know how much these reporters get paid, you should be surprised.
Especially for those who work for online media, reporters are like machines, softawares that can spin tons of articles a day, resulting more hits, pageviews and at last revenues to corporates. They keep doing monotonous tasks they don’t feel like doing.