Yesterday, I went into work a bit late. I’ve been doing this quite frequently. See, the problem is that daily reporters, especially at a community rag like mine, generally get paid on an hourly basis, but work far more than the allotted eight hours. So, for example, I came in at about 11:20 a.m. but left the office about 10 p.m. Now, I’m not allowed to ask for overtime after the fact – I’m supposed to ask for it in advance and get it approved. In the past, editors have said that we’re supposed to be able to get our work done within the hours we work. In fact, if an editor or recruiter who stumbles on this can clarify on this practice, can you drop me a line?
But, when a meeting goes over too long, what do you do? This is the story I was waiting for most of the evening. It was frustrating, because the board kept delaying their vote. But as soon as I got all yes’s, I high-tailed it out of there.
The outcome of this story was surprising – my original thought was that Ellis and Boger would vote against the project in spite of the rest of the board’s vote – but Harper seemed to sway them. Who knew she was great for a quote?
Anyway, I’ve been swamped lately. My quota is supposed to be two stories a day, two briefs a day, but there has been so much local school news lately, I have had to do three stories a day several times in the last two or three weeks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I like the work, and I like being busy, but the conditions at my paper are less than desirable. But then again, is there such thing as a ‘great newspaper to work at?’ *sigh* I guess if I want a good place to work at, I shouldn’t be in journalism.