I’m rich in many different ways.
Over the last four years of working at the paper, there have been several days when my job has been less than desirable. I have stood in the freezing rain to cover an event, been nearly hit by cars while taking photos of ribbon cuttings and sat through many long meetings. I have lost countless hours of sleep from working until after midnight to finish a story when on deadline, only to be up before dawn the next day to cover a breakfast meeting, and having a weekend completely off has become a luxury, not a definite thing, because the news never stops.
However, even on the worst days, I always thought that I fared better than many other professions. Evidently I was wrong, because newspaper reporter has been listed as the number one worst job in the nation for 2013 by Careercast.com, beating out lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actors and oil rig workers in the top five.