Journo graduate: what am I worth?
I've been job hunting over the last few months and some of the editors who have interviewed me have asked how much I would expect as a starting salary. For example, at the end of last year an editor from a fairly fancy, corporate-sounding organisation asked that question. I didn’t know what to say. Should I have increased the figure based on the fact that I would have needed to move interstate to work for them? Or should I have kept it low to show I wasn't grasping? In the end, I avoided answering.
Much later I realised that I needed to know the industry standard to have a professional conversation with prospective editors about it. I emailed about two dozen people I knew who had a graduate job or had had a graduate job in the last few years. I felt awful asking but most people were super helpful. I’m not going to break their confidences and reveal individual figures (sorry if you read this far in hope) but here is some aggregated information ...
Almost every journalist I spoke to started on a salary between $35,000 and $47,000 a year, plus superannuation. Some of the more prestigious positions are towards the upper end of that bracket, like you might be able to guess, or figure out from very clear job ads
. And if you follow this kind of thing, you already know that in some cases the journos who get those "graduate" jobs (eg: at the ABC) already have a couple of years’ experience under their belt.
But there are also companies I’d fall over myself to work for that paid their graduates somewhere within the lower end (which no-one was complaining about). Jobs at country newspapers/broadcasters were often at the lower end too, but I guess rent is cheaper in smaller towns anyway. -- Elizabeth Redman (read more at her blog Cut The Page)
Front page of the day
. The Sun
continues its proud tradition of not inflaming racial tensions in the UK while maintaining its record in not sensationalising the news:
The Department of Corrections
. Who are you? Not Pete Townshend. The Guardian
corrects the record for mistaking one of the UK's greatest musical maestros for fellow Who band member and accomplished bassist, John Entwistle. And it's usually the bassist who goes unnoticed ...