Jim Romenesko’s letters page is as good as his index page. Everybody knows this. Here’s one reason: A reader letter that turned out to be a joke, but managed to make every point the writer was trying to make in the reaction it got.
The capsule: The writer, Brian Gilmer, forwarded a typical job posting from his college j-school newsletter, a position that paid all of $12 an hour, for people holding one of the most expensive and (supposedly) prestigious diplomas in the field. He complained that the money was insulting. Because this business has no shortage of masochists, the responses scolded him for expecting to be paid anything more for such a good learning experience.
He wrote back, revealing the prank, and asking, The main problem is that well educated journalists who want to be thought of as professionals continually demean themselves by accepting these positions at these rates of pay. Shouldn’t we all insist that a professional writer is worth more?�