March 2, 2009 at 1:55 am (Uncategorized)

Food Stamps

Food Stamps

I saw an interview today with CNN reporter John Callebs, whose month living in New Orleans on food stamps has just ended. While his daily blog was entertaining at times, and his interview showcases in broad strokes the corners he had to cut to live on $6 and change per day (the max allowable amount for one unemployed person), it begs a bigger question: does this foretell the future for journalists? Stunt stories are great, but the reality for a lot of newly unempoyed journalists is bleak. When the Rocky Mountain News shut down last week, it left its 230 editorial folks without jobs or income. And many of them are not single adults who can live on a can of soup and some leftover rice for dinner.

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