Why Investigative Journalists Are Changing Careers

Why Investigative Journalists Are Changing Careers

I browsed the website two days ago and came across a very interesting video, which is a story of a former investigative reporter when he was an investigative reporter.

The reason why I was a former investigative reporter was because I found that I really couldn’t eat this bowl of rice, and that I needed to live, so I became an Internet anchor.

Frankly speaking, I think he just left the tiger’s mouth and entered the wolf’s den again.

Brother, you took the attitude of being an investigative reporter back then to check the current situation of the We-Media, and you wouldn’t make such a choice.

In fact, what makes me particularly emotional is the comment section. Everyone is saying that they are idealistic and that they want to become one of the few investigative reporters.

I think it’s pretty good, but in fact, many people don’t know why investigative reporters are gradually disappearing. The UP master has not really given everyone a social beating out of kindness.

Coincidentally, there are more than one investigative reporter who has changed careers around me. There are also investigative reporters in our editorial department. Even I was doing business background check service back then. The methods are similar to those of investigative reporters. Why no one did it, I really know a little bit about it.

What are you talking about? Not really, it is simply too low cost performance.

And there is neither money nor a great sense of achievement, which can be called fame and fortune.

First of all, we are all lay people, and we have to spend money to live.

The most vulnerable time of the New Year is not against a strong opponent, or when I get beaten. Sometimes the more the world beats me, the more I want to fight back, I am so rebellious.

When a person’s faith is the most vulnerable, it is the moment when he has to pay the next month’s rent, and the moment when his family needs money.

How do investigative journalists earn?

In 2011, 67% of the monthly income was 5,000 to 10,000 yuan, 17% could be in the tens of thousands, and 15% were below 5,000.

Are you saying this income is low?

It doesn’t look low, does it?

But it’s way too cheap for what you’re doing.

If investigative reporters leave this industry and work in other industries, with the attitude of being an investigative reporter, their income will be much higher than this.

Jian Guangzhou (Sanlu Incident), one of the most powerful investigative reporters in China, opened a company as a brand consultant after leaving his post. It is said that the business is very good.

In order to investigate the business insider, a reporter from CCTV’s 315 party sneaked into a used car trading company to work as an undercover agent. He used his enthusiasm as a reporter to sell used cars, and quickly grew from ordinary sales to the company’s second-in-command.

I really practiced the sentence “I’m about to become the boss”, which made the director of the column group very flustered. He called him every day to talk to him, for fear that he would betray.

In the end, this matter had a happy ending. The reporter came back, and the leader promised to arrange for him to go undercover in a more lucrative industry in the future.

This matter is regarded as a fun talk by everyone, but when the reporter returned to his dream at midnight, what would he think when he looked at his salary slip.

Of course it’s cheesy to say that, but that’s exactly what it is.

Even if there are real idealists with no shortage of money, being an investigative reporter is not about money.

But soon they will have another problem.

Maybe they are not afraid of being poor, but they are afraid of being beaten.

Why wasn’t I afraid of doing business research back then?

Because I am also a big company behind me, and the companies I investigate are all cooperating with my employer. Risk investigation is justified. I represent the interests of my employer. My employer will protect me and must protect me, otherwise they themselves They don’t have to do their business, and no one will investigate them anymore.

Even so, I didn’t get beaten less, you can’t stop the local boss from going crazy.

Compared with the difficulties encountered by investigative reporters, I can only make small troubles.

What investigative reporters do is to pick up the underpants of capital from the front. It is not important to pick up the pants. The important problem is that there is no one behind them.

Everyone said that those who are paid by everyone should not freeze to death in the wind and snow.

Come, come, tell me, [Everyone], who is it?

[Everyone] What can you do for investigative reporters other than just a few words?

Who hit investigative reporters, can they collectively organize a group to raise their ancestral graves?

In fact, everyone understands the answer.

Then the problem comes, you are an investigative reporter now, if you don’t do it well, it means you don’t do it;

Well done, that may be a bigger problem, and there is no money.

If someone introduces you to a job, you can get a promotion and a salary increase if you work hard, a big house, a big car, a big office, you will thank this person, and even treat him as a noble person in your life;

If someone introduces you to a job and tells you to work hard, it is difficult to get promoted without a raise, it is dangerous to do it to the extreme, the whole family is in danger, but it is very idealistic, you will block him permanently.

Moreover, the solid academic background and professional training of investigative reporters give them many ways out. When the risk of this profession remains high, the loss of personnel is inevitable.

In addition to fame, fortune and security issues, there is also a very real issue, which is the market issue.

There are a lot of jobs without fame and fortune, and I haven’t seen everyone fleeing frantically.

The bigger problem for investigative reporters is that the market is phasing them out.

The core of investigative journalists is investigation.

Investigations take time.

Data inquiries, mass visits, in-depth internal investigations, and investigations are often carried out on a monthly basis, and we are now in an Internet age.

The Internet has given everyone the opportunity to speak up, and it is a good thing that the problems that were originally exposed by investigative reporters can be heard at any time.

But the Internet also makes people lose their patience for waiting. After the incident, some information flows out, and it has already begun to be discussed, analyzed, and deduced. The investigative reporter may still be on the plane preparing to go to the scene, and the hot spot has passed.

Even if investigative reporters respond 24 hours a day, the in-depth reporting has been defeated by short 140-word articles, and no one wants to leave time for investigative reporters’ investigative interviews and reports.

This is really a dimensionality reduction blow.

The urgency of time is only one of them, and the flood of information has made people tired of complex information.

When Hawking wrote the book, he was taught by the editor: writing one more formula will scare off half of the readers.

This is a bit qualitative, so let’s take a look at the quantitative results. The University of Bristol in the UK published a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which analyzed the impact of the number of mathematical formulas in scientific research papers on readers.

Even if the audience is professional researchers, but the average number of mathematical formulas per page in the main text decreases by 28%.

For investigative journalists, their output must be meticulous, detailed, and rigorous, but this conflicts with modern communication itself.

I just play with words myself. The communication power of words is not as good as that of short videos. The data of long texts written by me must be worse than the data of short texts. This is an objective fact.

Thresholds and audiences are eternal issues.

In the end, even if you are an idealist who is not well-known and is willing to be lonely, you will encounter one last problem.

You can’t stand people questioning your motives.

To be precise, a large number of black public relations have learned to wear the skin of investigative reporters, and the result is that real investigative reporters have been undercover for a long time. Maybe they are black public relations.

What is even more embarrassing is that what investigative reporters do is sometimes intuitively similar to black public relations.

Not to mention investigative reporters, even professional anti-counterfeiters are facing such a big controversy.

Idealists and black public relations are put together, almost the worst thing.

Gentlemen comment on the traces regardless of their hearts, and there are no perfect people in the world, and now the “traces” have been labeled, what else can we do?

Therefore, under the triple attack of short and smooth media iterations, magical labels for revealing behaviors, and speculators’ chasing fish in troubled waters, everyone lay down.

WBC 2019

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