A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 06, 2020
“In journalism, the pay might be low and the hours long, but at least everyone hates you”

There’s a “joke” in journalism that the pay is low and the hours are long—but at least everyone hates you. The saying has been printed on several images.

“Though I learned a great deal from the class, I also learned that I didn’t want to be a reporter.  The pay sucks and everyone hates you - who needs that?” was posted on the newsgroup rec.games.computer.ultima.dragons on July 3, 1998. “The hours are long, the pay is lousy, but at least everybody hates you” was posted on Twitter by “Overheard in the Newsroom” on July 5, 2012.

“Journalism. It’s a tough job with insane pressure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, everybody hates you” was posted on Twitter by Francis Lam on September 6, 2016. This version of the saying has been cited the most frequently.


Google Groups: rec.games.computer.ultima.dragons
Venting about stuff no one cares about! 
Lost Dragon
7/3/98
>I didn’t say it wasn’t a valid jounralism course grin It’s just that I
>really, really don’t wanna take it!  Particularly as an elective....I mean,

I was taking journalism in college.  Our professor was an experienced journalist who’d worked for a variety of rags.  He’d sort of seen it all (he’d apparently seen the inside of plenty of liquor bars too, but that’s another story).  Though I learned a great deal from the class, I also learned that I didn’t want to be a reporter.  The pay sucks and everyone hates you - who needs that?

Twitter
Overheard in the Newsroom
@OHnewsroom
Editorial page editor: “The hours are long, the pay is lousy, but at least everybody hates you.”
12:26 PM · Jul 5, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Pat Parkinson
@patrparkinson
So true rt @OHnewsroom Editorial page editor: “The hours are long, the pay is lousy, but at least everybody hates you.” #journalism
12:28 PM · Jul 5, 2012·Twitter Web Client

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Francis Lam
@Francis_Lam
Journalism. It’s a tough job with insane pressure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, everybody hates you.
2:09 PM · Sep 6, 2016·Twitter Web Client

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Taaliah Nazar
@Taaliah76
Journalism - it’s a tough job with insane pressure n pretty crap pay. On the other hand, everyone hates you..🤔#journorequest #JournoProblems
3:42 PM · Oct 14, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Euromaidan Press
January 16, 2017 ·
“Journalism. It’s a tough job with insane pressure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, everybody hates you.” (c) Francis Lam

TV Technology
McAdams On: Local Journalism
I posted a meme on Facebook a while back—a cross-stitch saying, “Journalism. It’s a tough job with insane pressure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, everybody hates you.”

Deborah D McAdams Updated:Feb 23, 2018 Original:Feb 20, 2017
WHEREFORE, ART THOU—I posted a meme on Facebook a while back—a cross-stitch saying, “Journalism. It’s a tough job with insane pressure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, everybody hates you.”

Twitter
Ben Chapman
@ChapmanReports
Journalism: The pay sucks and the hours are long. But at the end of the day, everybody hates you.
Quote Tweet
NYT Metro
@NYTMetro
· May 25, 2018
“The news media is pitiful and it’s sad for our city and nation,” Mayor de Blasio wrote in one newly disclosed email https://nyti.ms/2GOAjfh
12:57 PM · May 25, 2018·TweetDeck

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Lucas Peerman
@LittleGuyInATie
As journalists, the hours suck and the pay isn’t great. But at least everyone hates you. Bonus: You get banned from restaurants.
Quote Tweet
Algernon D’Ammassa
@AlgernonWrites
· Jun 13, 2018
I have been notified in writing that I am banned from the restaurant and will be arrested if I show my face again. https://lcsun-news.com/story/money/business/2018/06/12/forghedaboudit-restaurants-social-media-post-riles-residents/695242002/
Show this thread
1:10 PM · Jun 14, 2018·TweetDeck

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Sam Sokol
@SamuelSokol
Replying to @Jennifrazer and @dunkindonuts
In journalism the pay might be low and the hours long but at least everyone hates you… uhhhh… why did I say I didn’t want to open a donut franchise?
GIF
2:40 PM · Nov 3, 2018 from Israel·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Catherine Griwkowsky
@CGriwkowsky
Replying to @nadineyousif_
The hours are long, the pay is low, but on the plus side, everybody hates you.
—Ancient journalism proverb
11:59 AM · Oct 30, 2019·Twitter Web App

azcentral
Freed of impeachment, Trump’s TV appearances put the bully in the bully pulpit
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona RepublicPublished 4:59 p.m. MT Feb. 6, 2020
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What’s the old joke about being a reporter? The pay stinks, the hours are awful but at least everyone hates you.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Thursday, February 06, 2020 • Permalink