The Daily Grind of an Online Newspaper

Myself with Maxie – my constant daily companion…

We hear this phrase everyday long before the Internet was born and it still resonates today, in this age of the Internet… working for a newspaper is a daily grind. I’ve worked for an actual physical newspaper for seven years on the administrative side of it and it still was a daily grind, even more so for the production department and yes, you read it right… a real physical production department (this was where the actual printing of the news takes place using rolls of newsprint paper and barrels of ink!). I make sure the number of copies to be circulated for the day gets printed then distributed to the local distribution channels (Newsagents, Newsstands, convenience stores, etc.) at approximately 1:00 a.m and this is 24/7.  Making sure too… that when the reading public wakes up in the morning, the newspaper is already on their doorsteps by the time they sit down for breakfast. It’s not just in the newspaper industry, working is really the “grind” here, or has become synonymous with the word. How did Newton define work? Work = force and displacement… w=fd. Hence, moving a single matchstick is considered work because it already is displaced by the act of pushing it a bit and there are times I wished it  were just match sticks involved here.

Now here I am… with a feeling of déjà vu, editing and proofreading articles… trying to beat the clock, reporters/writers emailing various articles and press releases for publication… then I edit and proofread all these bunch before I publish them. Publishing here means I click a button that says “publish” (or literally the keyboard mouse), then the news/article appears online in our newspaper/magazine. This goes on almost 12 to 13 hours a day and sometimes feeling so drained I wanted to drop everything and go to Coron, Palawan or anywhere far where there’s no phone, computers or a place where folks have never heard of the Internet. But this is my bread and butter, my job also sends my son to school, pays the rent and puts food on our table and as Einstein once said, “work is the only thing that gives substance in our lives”… So we should hold it dear in our hearts, make sure to do it well and if we feel so stressed then pause and take a deep breath… and start all over again.

“Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time…” from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann © 1927




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