“They want to keep the baby-boomer lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed,” said a professor at a school that boasts a boatload of Pulitzer Prize winners among its alumni. “The thought of starting out at $25,000 or $30,000 to expose corruption and champion the underdog just doesn’t do it for them. They have no interest.”
Oct. 17 Follow up: Reporting the news for the love of the job — The newspaper business has a long tradition of exploiting hardworking journalists, particularly young ones, with long hours and low pay. This is especially true at the smaller dailies and weeklies that make up the majority of newspapers in this country.