I was spending some time in the Stony Brook Press office last week, (settle down, Indie staff-it was for an interview…and, yes, maybe to watch the latest episode of South Park with my interview subjects) when I noticed this lengthy feature (2,900 words) by Najib Aminy in the latest print issue on the enfeebled journalism job market and just how it’s been treating the latest Stony Brook graduates these days.
I’d say that the word length in itself makes a powerful statement. When it comes to the arthritic job market in this industry, our alumni (though quite a diminutive group at present) apparently have a lot (or, perhaps more) to say. If you’re writing a nearly 3,000-word story on the issue, I guess that comes as a healthy advantage. If you’re floundering around in stale air nine long months after you hurled your mortarboard skyward, however, perhaps it’s not such a wonderful thing.