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Is there life after newspapers?

You bet your sweet bippy. Journalists are asking that question more and more, enough that conferences are holding panel discussions about what to expect on the outside after spending a lifetime in newspapers. I'll be in on such a discussion in Denver in a couple of weeks. My experience is positive. I'd love to know how others are finding civilian life. (If you prefer, write me privately at cosmicshift at gmail dot com.)

10 comments:

  1. Hi Kelly - Very interesting! Is there a web page link to the conference?

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  2. Kelly, this is a fabulous question. The answer is a resounding YES (for me at least)! I have actually had a wonderful time so far in my post-newspaper life. I have been able to stay at home with my kids (I only had one child when I left the paper; now I have two), and I am back in school pursuing a career in nursing. I fell in love with the idea of being an RN when I was hospitalized during both pregnancies.

    Also, my stress level is down significantly now that I don't work for a newspaper. I am, overall, a happier person!

    I only spent six years total in the newspaper business, and I am still in my 30s, so I might have a different view on this than someone who has dedicated decades to the biz and is on the verge of retirement.

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  3. I expect a full report when you get back. This is a question I ask myself nearly every day.

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  4. Well, since the 28th is my last day of 26 years over in the advertising side, I'll let you know what a relief it ends up being! :-) It feels pretty good right now.

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  5. The question seems to be, "Is there life while at a newspaper?"
    I'd have to say that yes there is, but it subsists on Raman Noodles and sucking the ketchup packs from Burger King.

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  6. Life begins after newspapers.

    (I'm going to order some of your hot pink hollyhock seeds so I can grow them alongside my black ones. Pink and black flowers! What's not to love?)

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  7. Leanne, you always did make me laugh out loud. Thanks for putting it so absolutely perfectly. Everyone I know who has left newspapers feels the same. We can breathe, we can sleep, we can laugh. BTW, have you met my friend Phil, above? You two should know each other.

    Marge, the conference is at copydesk.org (you'll be redirected) and the description of the panel I'm on is under Saturday, 10:45 a.m. Thanks for checking it out.

    Czygyny, I hope you'll update me here once in a while, as well as at your lovely blogspace. I predict you'll continue to feel great.

    I'll report back for all who are teetering on the brink of making themselves and their families much happier. I might even give a preview here of some things I intend to say. Stay tuned.

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  8. Here's the most wonderful thing about life post-newspaper: You discover that your ability to crank out coherent, even insightful headlines and prose while a bitter assistant city editor yells at you has a lot of value in the real world. You can take your verbal abilities out of the newsroom and earn a grown up paycheck. You'll be able to afford more than Raman noodles, PBR and economy sedans. And you won't have to work on every goddamn holiday.

    Kelly, tell those conference attendees in Denver to give their notice, rollover their 401Ks and run. To a new life.

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  9. And a plug for my blog: Join me, my fans, friends and justifiable detractors at http://leannepotts.net/

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  10. Well, it is day five, and I feel like I am in my little rowboat floating away from the decrepit RS barge. I purchased a very nice camera and am busy photographing everything in sight! After a brief 'vacation' I intend on building a new career, but for now I am having a great time off, especially without the ambient knowledge of having to 'go back' at some point.
    YeeHaw!

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