In the past few years, myself and hundreds of other journalists in the Puget Sound area have left the newsroom behind. And oddly enough, we’re pretty happy with the life change.
Many of us did not choose this career shift, but instead were the victims of layoffs triggered by the nationwide implosion of the print news industry. I’d worked at the Puget Sound Business Journal for the past seven years when I found myself laid off from the paper last May. I didn’t expect it and had no immediate answer for what I wanted to do next.
Once I moved beyond the initial loss, however, I embraced the chance to try something new. The past year has been one of the most interesting, unstable, and enjoyable since I left journalism graduate school in 2002. I’m not sorry I’m no longer in the Puget Sound Business Journal newsroom.
By and large, the journalists I reached out to echo these sentiments. We don’t mourn the careers we left behind. We all miss elements of a newsroom – the sharp wit of colleagues, the excitement of covering a breaking story – but that doesn’t necessarily mean we want to go back.
Here are a handful of the people who are embracing life beyond a newspaper. [Read more...]