This is one of the most stressful careers you can have. Journalists have to deal with deadlines, busy work environments, crazy schedules, travel, demanding editors and the fear of being laid off. In fact, both Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster were named in Career Cast’s “Worst Jobs List.” Competition in the newsroom is on an all-time high. Because of the advancements made in media, online news organizations can tell just how many people look at articles. In fact, The Christian Science Monitor sends out a daily email to their reporters that list the number of people who look at their articles. Total kick in the pants in the morning. Gawker Media actually pays writers based on how many people click their articles. To drive the point home, Gawker media displays the 10 most-viewed articles on flat-screen televisions in their office, according to the New York Times.
Even journalists who can get out of the office experience stress. Journalists who cover violent news stories, wars, sexual assault stories and other unpleasant news experience a certain level of post-traumatic stress. How do reporters deal with stress? They just deal with it. Because this profession is so competitive, journalists often do not find that they can just take some time off. If you go into this field, have a game plan to deal with stress. Yoga, meditation, target practice may help prevent burnout.