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  •  I knew several who did, but you are right. (1+ / 0-)
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    They were mostly upper-level folks -- section editors and advertising managers, not lowly reporters like me -- but they had been in the biz longer than I had. I had to move to a bigger city to move up.

    But there were definitely small-town papers that paid a living wage to their employees, and you didn't have to go work in finance or insurance to make a decent living.

    I lived in a little town in Texas until the mid-'70s, and they managed to support TWO weekly papers for about 50 years.

    Then one of them got greedy and started an ad war (better rates if customers would commit to exclusively advertising in their paper) and ran the other one out of business. Their ad director made a handsome salary, as did their editors and writers, until the bottom fell out of the economy, and the whole town just about shut down.

    And my ex was a newspaper photographer for a chain of small weeklies, and he supported a family with two kids until they cut his hours and we couldn't live on what they were paying him.

    Those were middle-class jobs that mostly required a college degree and paid better than working retail. And lots of people have raised families on retail wages.

    And the press people always made good money because they were union.

    Of course, things were a lot cheaper back then. The world turned upside down in the 1980s, and it's never been the same since. The dumbing down of America, courtesy of Ronald Reagan, is to thank for that.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Thu Dec 10, 2009 at 02:22:27 PM PST

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