The Merc needs a new kid

If I ever retire, I'll want to keep writing for as long as I can. It's a thing I like to do.

Maybe I should think about applying for the news reporter job now open at the Merc. They'll pay $45,000 or so. Here's what they say they want:

• Experience working on a news team—this can include internships and college newspapers.

• A body of work published within the past three years.

• The ability to write clean, concise news copy on a deadline.

• An enthusiastic, can-do attitude and a comfort level with interviewing anyone, from a grocery store worker on strike to the mayor of Portland.

• Flexibility to move from one story to the next, and time management to juggle multiple stories at once.

• Familiarity with major social media platforms.

• The ability to pitch stories that are unique and relevant to our readers.

• Exceptional grammar and style skills, and the ability to proofread your colleagues' work.

• An interest in different forms of writing, from film and music reviews to sports and features—though experience in these genres isn’t necessary.

• Basic photography or video skills, social media management experience, and familiarity with data journalism are all bonuses, but not required.

Check, check, check, and check! Do you think they'd hire me? 


  1. They should- you cover regional events better than most anybody.

  2. Get some forearm tattoos, a fixed-gear bike and declare yourself non-binary and you should be as good as hired.

  3. And you threw it all away for law school.

  4. Their ad did emphasize candidates who “ are people of color, gay or bi and a female” so no check, no check and no check for you😉

  5. Replies
    1. That is true. Your blog is suspiciously absent of occasional gratuitous pictures of scantily clad women. And no, Jo Ann with the bullhorn doesn’t count.

  6. Technically white light is the combination of all colors of the spectrum.


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